Tadpole Patrol

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. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only offering our Family Tadpole Patrol program.

To sign up for Family Tadpole Patrol, please submit the form below, and then submit a payment via PayPal using the button at the bottom of the page.

If you prefer to print and mail us a copy of the signup form, please click here.


Family Tadpole Patrol (1.5 Hours; All Ages)

Fun for the whole “family bubble”! Up to 6 guests who live in the same household can board the Tadpole Patrol for an unforgettable excursion. “Kids” of all ages can observe wildlife above and below the water, share lake trivia, and experience water monitoring with professional equipment.



Hopefully, everyone is taking the opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors during these beautiful summer days (and nights).

As this summer unfolds, we know how important it is for families to find activities that engage and entertain their children, while still maintaining proper social distancing protocols. Normally, around this time, we would be distributing numerous registration forms to schools, libraries, and community centers to advertise our five different versions of Tadpole Patrol—and preparing for our first sessions in July.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends have made the decision to amend our Tadpole Patrol programs this summer. After careful monitoring from public health authorities and medical experts, we will only be running the Family Tadpole Patrol program this year. We ask that each Family Tadpole Patrol group includes only members of same family unit, in order to minimize unnecessary exposure to the virus.

Although our time aboard the Otter II will be restricted to families this year, we are looking forward to seeing “kids of all ages” observing wildlife above and below the water, sharing facts about the lake, and using professional equipment to monitor the waters of Cobbossee, Maranacook, and the Tacomas. What a great “staycation” adventure for the family, exploring the lakes of the Cobbossee Watershed!

Please continue to check out the Friends Facebook page and website for further information concerning dates and registration.