Tadpole Time Preschool Programming

Young children are naturally curious. Encourage their curiosity through fun and interactive introductions to nature in our Tadpole Time programs! Each month focuses on a different topic and features native animals, stories, crafts, and nature exploration.

Tadpole Time takes place entirely outdoors at McCloud Nature Park. All Tadpole Time programs include naturalist-led activities as well as an optional self-guided activity throughout the program. Activities take place in large, open space for the whole group or in on-going stations for 2-3 families at a time. Crafts can be taken home or completed on-site.

Recommended for ages 2-5 with a parent or guardian. (Older siblings ages 6-7 are also welcome to register.) Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Only $3 per child! Maximum of 15 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.


September: Scales & Scutes

Thursday, September 16, 10 a.m. 

Advance registration is required by Sept. 11.

Secretive and silent, they sneak through the grass. Hungry and hot, they swim in the pond. Lazy and cold, they sleep in the sun. How many reptiles can you find in the park?


October: Spooky Species

Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. 

Advance registration is required by Oct. 9.

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: Sticks & Stones

Thursday, November 18, 10 a.m. 

Advance registration is required by Nov. 13.

Big rocks become small rocks, small rocks become big rocks, and we're going to shake things up by playing with the geologic forces that shape the earth beneath our feet!