Tadpole Time

Introducing our New Preschool Programming!

Young children are naturally curious! Encourage their curiosity through fun and interactive introductions to nature in our new 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. Only $3 per child! Advance registration is required. For any questions or assistance with registration, please call the McCloud Nature Center at (765) 676-5437.

Recommended for ages 2-5 with a parent or guardian (these are not drop-off programs). Older siblings ages 6-7 are welcome to register and participate, too.

Fee: $3/child (parent/guardian is free).

APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION: 2 HOURS.


January: Winter Critters

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.

Advance registration required by Jan. 5 by clicking here

If you want to stay safe in frosty weather, you must bundle up—and that’s true if you’re a bird, deer, or kid. Every critter has its own tricks to stay warm. What can we learn from them? Bring your winter wear, as we’ll brave the cold to play outside for a short time!


February: Prairie Beasts

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.

Advance registration required by Feb. 2 by clicking here

Who’s hiding in the tall grass? How do they do that? Many beasts sneak through the prairie, so quickly and quietly and camouflaged that no one notices—but you can learn what to look for. Dress for the outdoors, as we will practice our finding skills on the trail!


March: Wild Woods

Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m.

Advance registration required by March 1 by clicking here

When winter turns to spring, the sleepy woods begin to wake. Many changes appear in the forest. It’s been brown and gray for so long, can we find any green? And it’s been so quiet. When will frogs and birds begin to sing? Let’s take a look and a listen to find out for ourselves!


April: Bugs Galore

Wednesday, April 8, 10 a.m.

Advance registration required by April 5 by clicking here.

Butterflies, beetles, and bees are wandering through the grass and leaves. The ladybug is in the log, the stick bug is upon a twig, but where could the little stink bug be? Do you know what’s different between these three? We’ll grab a net and take a peek; remember that you have to sneak!