Wellfield’s Youth and Family Programs

Stories in the Gardens

Wellfield Botanic Gardens provides the idyllic backdrop for ‘Stories in the Gardens‘, presented by the Elkhart Public Library. Meet in our Children’s Garden to listen to a children’s story read by the staff of the Elkhart Public Library. It’s interactive family time in a gorgeous setting.

Stories in the Gardens is included with Membership or Standard Admission (Free for Elkhart County residents on Tuesdays, proof of residency required for adults) and happens on Tuesdays from 5:30-6 p.m., May through September.

As the Gardens close at 6 p.m., all guests must exit as soon as Stories is over. If you’d like more time in the Gardens, please plan on visiting before Stories begins.

Little Sprouts – returns to Wellfield, Summer 2022!

Learn about the natural world around us through stories, music, activities and garden walks. This family activity targets preschool through early elementary age children. Please include children AND accompanying adults in your registration. This program is free with admission to the Gardens or with membership – click the link below to register!

We’ll meet in our Children’s Garden on the 2nd Wednesday and last Saturday of the month from 10-10:45 a.m. for some hands-on fun.

Registration required; walk-ins accepted.


Drop-in Activities

These fun, family-friendly programs will happen periodically throughout the year. Meet in our Children’s Garden for some hands-on fun. These programs are free with admission to the Gardens; some require registration so we can plan for supplies.
Upcoming Drop-in Activities: June 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Wake Up, Woods

“Wake up, Woods” by Michael Homoya, Shane Gibson & Illustrations by Gillian Harris

As we celebrate 2022: The Year of Connections at Wellfield, enjoy this book while you walk around our main promenade.

Early in the year, our North American forests come to life as native wildflowers start to push up through patches of snow. With longer days and sunlight streaming down through bare branches of towering trees, life on the forest floor awakens from its winter sleep. Plants such as green dragon, squirrel corn, and bloodroot interact with their pollinators and seed dispersers and rush to create new life before the trees above leaf out and block the sun’s rays.

Wake Up, Woods showcases the splendor of our warming forests and offers clues to nature’s annual springtime floral show as we walk in our parks and wilderness areas, or even in shade gardens around our homes.

Readers of Wake Up, Woods will see that Gillian Harris, Michael Homoya and Shane Gibson, through illustrations and text, present a captivating look into our forests’ biodiversity, showing how species depend on plants for food and help assure plant reproduction. This book celebrates some of nature’s most fascinating moments that happen in forests where we live and play.

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 “reading” the book while you walk the Gardens, then take home your own copy after you visit our Gift Shop!

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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