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 will focus on a different topic and feature native animals, stories, crafts, nature exploration, and ideas for continuing exploration at home!  

Recommended for ages 2-5 years old with parent/guardian (older siblings ages 6-7 are welcome to register also if they want to participate). 

NEW! We are bringing Tadpole Time to W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in 2023! Identical programs will be hosted on Wednesdays at Gibbs and on Thursdays at McCloud Nature Park.

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: Healthy Happy Hearts

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. at McCloud Nature Park

Advance registration is required by Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Click here to register for the program at Gibbs.

Click here to register for the program at McCloud.

Do you know how fast a bird’s heart beats per minute? Or what kind of animal raises their tail in fear? We’ll get our heart rates up while imitating animal behaviors. Bring your tadpole’s love of nature to the park to celebrate surviving the cold winter months.


March: Exploring Parks Through Prepositions

  • Wednesday, March 15, 10 a.m. at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park
  • Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m. at McCloud Nature Park

Advance registration required by by March 8 at 3:30 p.m. 

Click here to register for the program at Gibbs.

Click here to register for the program at McCloud.

Where are the plant roots? UNDER the soil. Where is the tree canopy? ABOVE our heads. Where do fish swim?  IN the water. Spend the morning exploring about how various micro-habitats surround us, and sometimes we are BETWEEN them. We’ll investigate UNDER rocks, AMONG the leaf litter, and maybe even IN the creek water. You won’t know what we’ll find unless you join us for a morning of adventure.


April: Colors in Nature

  • Wednesday, April 19, 10 a.m. at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park
  • Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m. at McCloud Nature Park

Advance registration is required by April 12 at 3:30 p.m.

Click here to register for the program at Gibbs.

Click here to register for the program at McCloud.

You may see the green in the tree leaves or the white in the flowers blooming, but do you see the red in the turtle’s eyes? How do animals use color in their lives? The sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming. Spend the morning admiring all shades of life at the park.