The Learning Forest
The Learning Forest is located in Tyersall-Gallop Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is designed to integrate with the existing 6-hectare Rain Forest to form an enlarged forest habitat.
The Learning Forest features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Other highlights of the Learning Forest include trees with interesting forms and bark, a bambusetum and an arboretum of wild fruit trees.
Take a walk along the HPL Canopy Link, a pedestrian bridge between the Learning Forest and Gallop Extension, which provides a vantage point of the bambusetum as it gradually ascends into the canopy of a recreated lowland deciduous forest habitat.
Visitors can also learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and walk amongst a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia at the SPH Walk of Giants.
The HPL Canopy Link
A 200m long barrier-free pedestrian bridge providing seamless access between the Learning Forest and Gallop Extension, the HPL Canopy Link crosses over Tyersall Avenue, and leads visitors into the ridgetop forest habitats at the Mingxin Foundation Rambler's Ridge of the Gallop Extension.
Visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of species that are characteristic of lowland deciduous forests, a common forest type in Continental Southeast Asia, a region encompassing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. These include species such as Yang Na (Dipterocarpus alatus), Malayan Crape Myrtle (Lagerstromia floribunda) and the giant Lan Palm (Corypha lecomtei)
Wild Fruit Trees Arboretum
The collection of wild fruit trees features wild relatives of familiar and domesticated species, such as species from the Soursop (Annonaceae), Jackfruit (Moraceae), Lychee (Sapindaceae) and Mango (Anarcardiaceae) families.
The collection features over 30 species of tropical bamboos, showcasing the wide diversity of growth forms that occur naturally in the wild.
Bark of Trees
The Bark of Trees feature is an exposition of the diversity of textures and colours exhibited by trees in their bark.
Products of the Forest
This collection features forest plants that are cultivated for human uses such as timber, building materials and food.
This part of the Learning Forest features tree species with specialised growth forms that inspired E J H Corner to formulate his 'Durian Theory'. Corner postulated that many of today's plants are descended from tree species with large fruit similar to durians.
5am – 12 midnight daily (The SPH Walk of Giants, Keppel Discovery Wetlands, Botanist Boardwalk and Pulai Marsh Trails are closed from 7pm to 7am to maintain a conducive habitat for wildlife)
Admission is free
While dogs are allowed on the HPL Canopy Link, they are not allowed at the Mingxin Foundation Rambler's Ridge and certain attractions in Singapore Botanic Gardens. For dog owners, please exit the HPL Canopy link at the Gallop Extension Visitor Centre.
Check out our virtual tour about the Learning Forest here