School Programs and Field Trips


Wellfield Botanic Gardens offer hands-on, inquiry based programs designed to connect students to the natural world. All programs are aligned with Indiana State and National Science standards.


  • $4 per student participant
  • Teachers are Free
  • Required Chaperones are Free
    (Chaperone Requirements: K – 2nd = 5:1 ratio / 3rd – 6th = 8:1 ratio / Other groups = 10:1 ratio)
  • Additional Chaperones over the required number are $3.50 each payable upon arrival.

Please schedule your field trip or in-school program at least 3 weeks in advance.  Programs are scheduled Tuesday through Friday.  Program fees are due 2 weeks in advance to secure your date.

**Program fees apply on Tuesday for all school field trips and visits.


Field Trip Scholarship Application

Educational Programs*

Sensory Scientists
Science Standards: K.1.1, K.1.2, K.3.1, K.3.3 *
Students become scientists by using their five senses to explore and observe the natural world.

Garden Safari
1st Grade
Science Standards: 1.2.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5 *
Students explore the connection between plants, animals and water.  They learn how ground water travels through different soil types and where living things find the water they need.

Round and Round We Go
2nd Grade
Science Standards: 2.3.1, 2.3.2 *
Students examine and compare the different stages of the life cycles of plants and animals.

Growing Up Green
3rd Grade
Science Standards: 3.2.5, 3.3.1 *
Students identify plant parts, growth and development through hands on activities and exploration.

Amazing Adaptations
4th Grade
Science Standards: 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4 *
Students discover how animals and plants live in their habitat and adapt to changes in their environment.

What’s Eating You?
5th Grade
Science Standards: 5.3.1, 5.3.2 *
Students explore ecosystems and food webs. They observe the interconnectedness of decomposers, predators and prey.

Energy Road
6th Grade
Science Standards: 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6 *
Students explore the sun as the source of all energy and how energy transfers through an ecosystem.

We will work with you to build programs around your science curriculum requirements.


For more information email or call the Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Environmental Educator at 574-266-2006 ext 106

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