Events at Pringle Nature Center

Pringle Nature Center offers programming for the whole family! Check out the links to the right for our major events.

To register for programs, please call the nature center or fill out the online registration form. Scouting program registration forms can be found on this page. Payment can be made in the form of check or cash.

Leave No Child Inside: Come & Explore!

Saturday, August 27th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come and explore Pringle and Bristol Woods as summer draws to a close. Sit in a magic spot, check out the pond critters, check out a GPS and go geocaching, or check out an Explorer Pack with supplies to help aid in your exploration. Arrive and leave when you like.

Free

Nature Story Time Hike: I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe

Saturday, September 3rd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The littlest cricket of Swampswallow Pond is convinced only by the Wise Old One that being special has nothing to do with physical metamorphosis, flashy colors, or shimmering wings. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Leave No Child Inside Autumn Photographic Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You’re invited to bring your camera and your imagination for nature photography – scavenging style! We’ll provide fun outdoor photography activities that can be enjoyed by every age and skill level. Come and leave when you like. Thanks to the Kenosha County Visitors Bureau for providing "I (Heart) Kenosha" picture frames for the event!

Free

Nature Story Time: Millions of Monarchs by Connie & Peter Roop

Thursday, September 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Fall comes. Leaves change. One monarch flies south... For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Fall Fun Fest/International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a great time for the entire family. Come and go on hayrides through our beautiful trails, see a falconer, or listen to people speak about local efforts in conservation. Become a Friend of Pringle and get free tickets for the festival!

Free admission; prices vary with activity.

Teacher Naturalist Volunteer Training

Are you interested in nature and would love to share that curiosity with the next generation? Pringle Nature Center is offering training sessions for volunteers to help teach our school field trip programs. Come for some or all of the sessions. Check out our website for the educational programs we offer that might interest you.

Tuesday, September 20th: Kindergarten Programs 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; First Grade 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21st: Second Grade 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Third Grade 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22nd: Fourth Grade 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Fifth Grade 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, September 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Want to help with parkland restoration or use cool tools? Students or scouts, do you need to earn some community service hours? With the help of volunteers, undesirable non-native, invasive plants are removed manually and native plants returned to the habitat. Please bring your own work gloves, tools will be provided.

Girls in STEM Open House

Friday, September 30th, 6:30 p.m.

Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce. By involving girls in STEM activities at a young age, Pringle would like to mentor and encourage girls to consider STEM as a career option. The open house is for any middle school aged girl and her parent/guardian looking to learn more about the program and will talk about what the program is about as well as what is expected of the girls for this program.

Nature Story Time Hike: The Dead Tree by Alvin R. Tresselt

Saturday, October 1st, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Traces the life cycle of an oak tree and describes the animals that depend on it for shelter and food. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, October 1st, 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Flowers are so beautiful, we bring them from the outside into our homes to add cheer to the room. But there's more to flowers than just good looks. Without them, plants would not make seeds, and scientists think the world would be much drier. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, September 29th!

$4.00 per scout

Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Whether you’ve just started or are curious about geocaching, come on out to see if you can find our hidden cache’s. There will be a short informational session before heading out to search for the caches. Bring your own GPS or check out one of ours.

Friends: $3.00/General Public: $5.00

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, October 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much. Pre-registration is required.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, October 13th

Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, October 15th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Webelos scouts are invited to Pringle Nature Center to earn their Into the Woods badge. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Please arrive by 12:45 to check in. Please pre-register. There will be no same day registration.

$4.00 per scout due by Thursday, October 13th

Leave No Child Inside: Halloween Full Moon Night Hike

Saturday, October 15th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Don’t let the ghouls and goblins scare you from coming out! Come dressed in your best Halloween costume for this safe alternative Halloween hikes. We will talk about the moon, the animals associated with Halloween, and let the moon light guide us. We’ll warm up with hot chocolate afterwards. Please leave your flashlights at home as they will spoil the experience. Pre-registration is required!

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, October 19th, 5:00 p.m.

Nature Story Time: Fall Leaves by Mary Packard

Thursday, October 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Did you know there are many fun-filled activities you can enjoy with fall leaves? For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

SPARK! Program

Friday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

SPARK! programs are designed for people in the early- to mid-stages of memory loss to visit with their family/caregivers. Our volunteer, Merv Daehler, will bring in a therapy dog.

Free; pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Want to help with parkland restoration or use cool tools? Students or scouts, do you need to earn some community service hours? With the help of volunteers, undesirable non-native, invasive plants are removed manually and native plants returned to the habitat. Please bring your own work gloves, tools will be provided.

Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Curriculum Workshop

Saturday, October 29th, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Spend a fun and activity-filled day getting hands-on experience with the award-winning environmental education curriculum, Project Learning Tree. Registration is required by October 26th in order to ensure enough curriculum guides.

$25.00/person

Halloween Candlelight Night Hike

Saturday, October 29th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Come out if you dare to see if the ghouls really do come out at night. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume! The trails will be lit by candles. You might hear things that go bump in the night in the woods. Come and leave when you like. Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided.

Friends: $3.00/General Public: $5.00

Pringle 5K Prairie and Woods Trail Run/Hike

Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lace up your running shoes to help raise money for Pringle Nature Center’s environmental education programs. This 5K run/hike goes through Bristol Woods and is hailed as one of the best trails in the area. Register online or by stopping at the nature center (same day registration starts at 8:00 a.m.) Unique awards to the top three participants in each age group. Medals to first place overall male and female.

Entry fees for 5K Run/Hike: $15.00 (T-shirts are guaranteed to those registered by October 14th and on race day as supplies last.)

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Animals live in the wild, so we don’t get to spend time with them in their natural homes – their habitats, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find out more about where they live, how they play, and how we can help them! Pre-registration is required by Thursday, November 3rd.

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Nature Play Date

Saturday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Make time to explore nature. We’ll have several stations set up to help encourage play with natural items. By playing in nature, it will help foster a more balanced and healthy lifestyle for your children. Come and leave when you like.

Free

Nature Story Time: Spider's Lunch by Joanna Cole

Thursday, November 17th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

This introduction to the arachnid world explains how a hungry garden spider obtains food by building a web and patiently waiting to catch something tasty. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, November 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

You have five senses that work together to let you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around you. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, November 17th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Webelos scouts are invited to Pringle Nature Center to earn their Earth Rocks! badge. Friends and siblings are welcome to join this program if they are between the ages of 8 and 12. Spaces are limited; pre-registration and payment are required to hold your spot. Please arrive by 12:45 to check in. There will be no same day registration.

$4.00 per scout due by November 17th

Closed for Holiday

Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th

Nature Story Time Hike: Six Crows by Leo Lionni

Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

While a farmer tends his field of wheat, six hungry crows watch and wait in a nearby tree. When the wheat ripens, the farmer builds a scarecrow to frighten them off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, December 3rd, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Geocaching is your chance to be part global explorer, part detective. You'll search for treasure chests, known as caches, using a device called a GPS receiver to find each cache's hiding place. Pre-registration is required by December 1st!

$4.00 per scout

SPARK! Program

Friday, December 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

SPARK! programs are designed for people in the early- to mid-stages of memory loss to visit with their family/caregivers. We will make natural holiday crafts.

Free; pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Leave No Child Inside: Winter Discovery Hike

Saturday, December 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean there’s nothing out there in the winter time! Join us as we discover tracks, learn about camouflage, and see what animals we can spot. Pre-registration is required!

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Nature Story Time: The Sleepy Owl by Marcus Pfister

Thursday, December 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Little Owl who oversleeps and she wakes to find that all the other owls have gone off without her. Soon she befriends a little boy named Tom who helps the sleepy little owl find plenty of playmates. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, December 17th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Every trail leads to a new adventure. What will you and your friends do next? Learn what you need to know to how to become a hiker and get ready for your adventure. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 16th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, December 17th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Webelos are invited to Pringle Nature Center to earn their Into the Wild badges. Friends and siblings are welcome to join this program if they are between the ages of 8 and 12. Please arrive by 12:45 to check in. Please pre-register. There will be no same day registration.
$4.00 per scout due by Thursday, December 15th

117th Christmas Bird Count

Wednesday, December 21st, all day

Join birders on foot and by vehicle (or even looking out your window at your feeders!) for part of or the whole day as we count all birds we find in various habitats in eastern Kenosha county. Every effort will be made to pair new field observers with more experienced birders within designated count areas.  Please register so we can assign you an area.

Free

Candlelight Night Hike & Winter Solstice Celebration

Wednesday, December 21st, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bring the family out to celebrate the Winter Solstice as we learn about the Solstice and burn a Yule log. We will also go out for a hike in the candle and moon lit snow. Later, we’ll warm up with mugs of hot cocoa! Please leave your flashlights at home as they will spoil the experience. Pre-registration is required!

Friends: Free/General Public: $5.00

Closed for Holiday

Saturday and Sunday, December 24th and 25th