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]

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.


When Winter Comes  

“When Winter Comes: Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods”
by Aimée M. Bissonette, Illustrated by Erin Hourigan

A sweet poetic children’s book celebrating the vibrancy of life in winter.

Though a forest may be blanketed in snow or a lake frozen over, families who enjoy the outdoors in winter, happily bundled up to play in the energizing weather, know that wildlife is still teeming there.

When winter comes,
and deep snow blankets the woods,
and ice forms cold and smooth on the lakes,
thick enough for us to skate on,
some people think our woods are empty.
But we know better.

The fallen log that is used to hide behind in a snowball fight is a shelter for tree frogs, caterpillars, ladybugs, and slugs. The drifts of fallen snow that families snowshoe across have winding tunnels made by meadow mice in search of seeds and bark. The towering trees families ski among shield birds from winter winds.

When Winter Comes celebrates the joy of playing and exploring in the outdoors during the winter months.

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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  2. 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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