Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville and Hedberg Public Library have come together to create an awesome Very Hungry Caterpillar Storywalk in Rotary Gardens. This tribute to the late Eric Carle’s classic children’s book is an interactive experience for parents and kids!
Address: 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI
Dates: The StoryWalk runs through the summer and into the fall
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm daily
Rates: $9 per adult (13 and up), $5 per child (6-15 years old)
About the StoryWalk
The Hedberg Public Library and Rotary Gardens partnered to create The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storywalk. This StoryWalk has many interactive sections including logs that function as balance beams, fruit that kids can climb through, a slide, an area where kids can count painted caterpillars, and a butterfly that flaps its wings.
This StoryWalk will be in place from June 16 – Fall 2021.
The next pay-what-you-want donation day is August 2, 2021.
Here’s a video of our experience at the 2021 Rotary Botanical Gardens StoryWalk!
About Rotary Botanical Gardens
Rotary Botanical Gardens is located in what was once a sand and gravel quarry. In 1988, it was cleaned up and turned into a garden by the Janesville Rotarians, hence the name. The gardens span 20 acres and include 26 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants.
Included in the gardens are a children’s garden with sculptures overlooking Lions Beach, peaceful Japanese gardens, English Cottage gardens, French Formal gardens, Italian gardens, and more.
Walking through the gardens could be an all-day experience, but you need at least an hour to see everything they have to offer.
Some of our favorite areas in the gardens are the ornate red bridge that crosses the lagoon and the Japanese garden. My kids love to check out the koi pond near the building as well.
Rotary Gardens offers events throughout the year for families. During the holiday season, they have an incredible light display.