Tadpole Time Preschool Programming

Young children are naturally curious! Encourage their curiosity through fun and interactive introductions to nature in our Tadpole Time programs at McCloud Nature Park for preschoolers ages 2-5 years old! (Older siblings ages 6-7 are also welcome to register.) Each month will focus on a different topic and feature native animals, stories, crafts, nature exploration, and ideas for continuing exploration at home.

To accommodate social distancing, Tadpole Time will take place entirely outdoors. Ongoing stations will offer naturalist-led activities to 1-2 families at a time. We will also offer a self-guided activity and a take-home craft.

Recommended for ages 2-5 with a parent or guardian. Identical sessions are offered from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1-3 p.m.

Only $3 per child! Advance registration is required. For any questions or assistance with registration, please email mccloudnp@hcparks.net or call (765) 676-5437.


September: Water Wonders

Wednesday, September 9

Advance registration required by Sept. 6

Water is wild! It falls from the sky and makes puddles on land. It flows in creeks to make a home for tadpoles, turtles, and water bugs. We can't live in it like fish do, but it sure is fun to visit!

Registration opens Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. To register, click here.


October: Spooky Species

Wednesday, October 7

Advance registration required by Oct. 4

How do you feel about bluebirds and butterflies? What about spiders and snakes? Explore what's the same and what's different about our animal neighbors -- and how that makes them cute, cool, or creepy to you!


November: Birdie Bonanza

Wednesday, November 4

Advance registration required by Nov. 1

Some birds eat bugs and keep busy all day. Some birds eat mice and stay up all night. Every bird has its own way to live just right. Let's take a gander at the special features of our feathered friends!