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 several different versions of Tadpole Patrol. Pick your favorite below.
Please note that tickets are unavailable for purchase until Tadpole Patrol schedules are released in March, 2019.
TPII Lake Science Investigators (3 Hours; Ages 9-12)
Become “science investigators” and practice observation and data collection skills. An underwater camera enables participants to view aquatic life, as well as to learn about identifying native and non-native plant species. Each participant will receive a waterproof knapsack and journal.
TP3 Junior Lake Monitors (3 Hours; Ages 11+)
Young adults continue their scientific investigations, learning to properly record water quality measurements. Results are analyzed and compared to data recored by the Cobbossee Watershed District. This data is then posted on the Friends website for observation. Each Junior Lake Monitor may be personally recognized, if desired. Additionally, a certificate of achievement is awarded to each participant.
Spotters Amphibious Adventure (3 Hours; Ages 8+)
Explore both land and water in this adventure! Cruise with the Friends to a private island to learn about the importance of riparian area and the basics of “Leave No Trace” principles. Only offered on Cobbossee and Annabessacook Lakes.
Family Tadpole Patrol (1.5 Hours; All Ages)
Fun for the whole family! Up to 10 guests 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.