Tadpole Patrol is the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed's innovative and immersive learning experience aboard the Otter II, our 22' pontoon boat. Since 2004, children have boarded our "floating classroom" to learn about lake ecology and how to test and protect water quality. Today, we offer five different versions of Tadpole Patrol...pick your favorite below.
The Original! Children entering grades 2-4 experience the ecology of the lake through exploration, observing wildlife (eagles, fish and zooplankton), and learn the basics of water testing with professional equipment. Each child will earn a Tadpole Patrol badge, T-shirt and prize grab bag.
Program cost is $25 per child per 2.5 hour session.
TP3-Jr. Lake Monitors
Young adults in grades 6 and up continue their scientific investigations as they are educated to conduct proper water quality data measurement themselves. Results are analyzed and compared to data recored by the Cobbossee Watershed District. Data is posted on the Friends website for observation while each Jr. Monitor may be personally recognized if desired. A certificate of achievement is awarded to each participant. Program cost is $25 per participant.
Spotters Amphibious Adventure!
Children 8 years of age and older. Explore both land and water in this adventure! Cruise with the Friends to a private island to explore, learn all about the importance of riparian area and the basics of "Leave No Trace" principles. Only offered on Cobbossee and Annabessacook Lake.
Program cost is $25 per participant per 3 hour session.
TPII-LSI! (Lake science Investigators)
Youth entering grades 4-6 become "science investigators" as they practice their observation and data collection skills with their own keepsake journal. An underwater camera enables participants to view aquatic life as well as begin to learn about identifying native and non-native plant species. Each child will take home a waterproof knapsack and LSI journal.
Program cost is $25 per child per 3 hour session.
Family tadpole patrol
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy a 1.5 hour excursion where "kids of all ages" can observe wildlife above and below the water, share historical lake facts and experience water monitoring with professional equipment. A great adventure for the whole family! Program cost is $50 for up to ten people.