Youth and Family Programs

Little Sprouts

Look Up, Down, and All Around! Go Outside Often. 

Little Sprouts will return in 2021.
Look for updates here and on Facebook.

Join us at Wellfield for this fun, free program. Classes are limited to 16 total people, and guests are encouraged to read our Modified Visitation Guidelines before visiting.

Please note face coverings ARE REQUIRED throughout the Little Sprouts program, indoors and outdoors for all participants (and accompanying guests) aged 2 or older. If you cannot wear a face-covering throughout the program, please do not attend Little Sprouts at this time. We are making every effort to ensure a safer environment for all of our guests, volunteers, and staff.

Registration is free [link to register will appear here when program returns in 2021]

Join Environmental Educator Melissa Kinsey for this fun session intended for kids and their adults. We will read a story, do an activity, or take a hike to explore what is changing at Wellfield as we celebrate our Earth and all the amazing living creatures who share our planet! Little Sprouts is an activity designed for young children, but kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll see you at 11!

For recent Virtual Little Sprouts see our Facebook Videos.

Stories in the Gardens

Stories in the Gardens will return in 2021

Wellfield Botanic Gardens provides the idyllic backdrop for ‘Stories in the Gardens‘, presented by the Elkhart Public Library. Bring a blanket and curl up to listen to a children’s story read out-loud by the staff of the Elkhart Public Library. It’s interactive family time in a gorgeous setting.

You’ll be directed to Stories in the Gardens when you enter at the Visitors Cottage; the location inside the Gardens may change from week to week.

Stories in the Gardens is included with Membership or Standard Admission (Free for Elkhart County residents on Tuesdays) and is currently scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:30-5 p.m.


Bloom Boom  Storywalk sign

Bloom Boom! (2019) by April Pulley Sayre (Author, Photographer)

Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall.

When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

Kids of all ages will enjoy our 1/2-mile StoryWalk® around the Promenade Trail at Wellfield. The story is divided into numbered stations (numbered 1-17), mounted on purple posts, and follows a counterclockwise direction around the main Promenade Trail. Enjoy!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Wellfield Botanic Gardens wishes to thank the Elkhart Public Library for their collaboration of bringing StoryWalk® to Wellfield for our guests to enjoy! Stories are changed out seasonally, and all StoryWalk® titles (current and prior, while they last) are available for purchase in our gift shop.


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  4. This is not the current storywalk title. The current bk is abt water. I left today without writing down the title or the author. They were out of the bk at the gift shop. I would like to purchase for my grandchild. Could you send the info to me? Thanks.

    We loved the gardens and the Story Walk. I had never experienced such. It really was a treasure hunt.


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