Youth and Family Programs

Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around!

Little Sprouts

2020 Dates coming soon!

Children ages 3-5 learn about the natural world around them through stories, music, games and activities.

Play and Learning Initiative and Exploration, Flexible Thinking, Attentiveness and Persistence, and Social Interaction.

Program is Free with Membership or Standard Admission.

Storytime in the Gardens

Wellfield Botanic Gardens provides the idyllic backdrop for ‘Storytime 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. In case of rain, we will meet under the Education Tent or in the Children’s Garden (you’ll be directed at the Visitors Cottage when you enter).

Storytime in the Gardens is included with Membership or Standard Admission (Free for Elkhart County residents on Tuesdays) and is scheduled for 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday, May through September. Storytime is approximately 30 minutes in length, ending at 6:30.


Bloom BoomComing soon: 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, mounted on purple posts, and follows a counterclockwise direction around the main Promenade Trail.

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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