Tadpole Time Preschool Programming

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

For the months of February and March, we are offering Tadpole Time in-a-box on designated Friday’s. We will set up a self-guided trailside activity or two at the park and we will stock each box with at least three other take-home activities for you and your tadpole to tackle at your own pace and place. 

In April, we will switch back to Wednesday, in-person, outdoor Tadpole Time. To accommodate safe distancing, Tadpole Time will take place entirely outside. 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. (Older siblings ages 6-7 are also welcome to register.) 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 with a maximum of 10 children per class.   

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.


February: A Time to Snooze

Box pick-up date:  Friday, February 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ongoing) 

Advance registration required by January 31. Click here to register on or after Jan. 1.

The ground is frozen, the air is cold, and there is barely a bug or beast to be seen.  What are our animal neighbors doing at this time of year?  How can they live when there is so little outside to eat?  Uncover the winter survival secrets or native creatures with this activity kit! 


March: In the Deep, Dark Night

Box pick-up date:  Friday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ongoing) 

Advance registration required by February 28. Click here to register on or after Feb. 5.

Winter is becoming spring, and the nights are growing shorter.  Whooo could be grumpy about that?  With sunny weather, there is more to see and more to eat, even at night!  Explore the special features of night-loving animals like the owl, bat, and bobcat with this activity kit. 


April: Fabulous Frogs & Stupendous Salamanders

Wednesday, April 7, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

Advance registration is required by April 4. Registration opens on March 5.

Click here to register for 10 a.m. session.

Click here to register for 1 p.m. session.

Tadpoles go through some big changes to become grown up frogs and salamanders:  losing their swimming tails, growing new legs, some do not even get to keep their slimy skin!  But only grown up frogs and salamanders get to leave the pond for adventures on land.  Dress to hop around outdoors while we explore amphibious adaptations!