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. For the Mother's Day Event, please register here (note: there is a fee for registering online for this event). Scouting program registration forms can be found on this page. Payment can be made in the form of check or cash.

Nature Story Time Hike: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning until night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to the warmth of family connections, to the widest sunset sky. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, March 4th, 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 and payment is required by March 2nd!

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Owl Prowl
Friday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Owls are amazing creatures! We will talk about the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, and Eastern Screech Owl then head out on to the trails to call them to see if they'll call back. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.
Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 11th, 11:00/1:00/2:30

With warmer weather, that can only mean one thing – it's time for Maple Syrup! Join us for one of three hikes that day in Petrifying Springs County Park. Meet at Pavilion #6.
Free; donations accepted

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 the classes we offer to school groups. Come for some or all of the sessions. Check out our website for the educational programs we offer that might interest you.

Tuesday, March 14th: Kindergarten Programs 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; First Grade 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, March 28th: Fourth Grade 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Fifth Grade 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Please pre-register by the Saturday before

Nature Story Time: And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

Thursday, March 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait…and wait…until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, March 18th, 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 and payment is required by Thursday, March 16th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, March 18th, 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 March 16th

Vernal Equinox Night Hike
Saturday, March 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Get rid of the winter blues and help us welcome spring. We will search for the early spring risers that live in the park as well as learn how different cultures welcomed the longer days and warmer weather. Please leave your flashlights at home as they will spoil the experience. Pre-registration required.

Friends: Free/General Public: $5.00

Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 25th, 11:00/1:00/2:30

With warmer weather, that can only mean one thing – it's time for Maple Syrup! Join us for one of three hikes that day in Petrifying Springs County Park. Meet at Pavilion #6.
Free; donations accepted

Nature Story Time Hike: Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller

Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

What do mammals have in common? They have fur. They nurse their young. They breathe fresh air. But what else? After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, April 1st, 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 and payment is required by Thursday, March 30th.

$4.00 per scout

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, April 8th, 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 and payment is required by Thursday, April 6th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, April 8th, 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, April 6th

Leave No Child Inside: Come and Explore
Tuesday to Friday, April 18th to April 21st

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day
Instead of staying cooped up inside all of spring break, come out to Pringle Nature Center to see what is trying to bloom and crawling around! Come and leave when you like.
Tuesday – Drip, Drop Pond
Wednesday – Follow a Trail
Thursday – Bird’s the Word
Friday – Forest Frolic
Free

Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

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

Nature Story Time: Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming

Thursday, April 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A whole community of insects and other creatures lives under rocks — worms and ants, spiders and slugs, crickets and beetles. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, April 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.

SPARK!

Friday, April 28th, 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. This month, Rick Fare from Hoy Audubon will talk about Wisconsin's birds.

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

Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, April 29th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Whether you've just started or are curious about geocaching, come on out to see if you can find our hidden caches. 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

Nature Story Time Hike: The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds, but the story shares a lot more about parts of plants and their functions. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, May 6th, 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 and payment is required by Thursday, May 4th!

$4.00 per scout

Plant Exchange
Saturday, May 13th, 1:00 p.m.

Have plants you must prune or cull? How about trading your excess with others? Take home new plants for your yard and have an instant new garden. No time to re-pot your donations? No problem – bags and newspaper will do.
Free

Mother’s Day Ephemeral Brunch and Spring Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the special woman in your life with a gift of nature. Bring the mom in your life out to Pringle for a light brunch and a hike with a naturalist to see the spring ephemeral wildflowers that are blooming. Pre-registration is due by Friday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m. When calling please indicate your sitting time preference of 10:00 (10:30 hike), 11:00 (11:30 hike), or 12:00 (12:30 hike).

Friends: $13/General Public: $15 (Children 10 and under are half price)

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, May 20th, 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 and payment is required.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, May 18th

Leave No Child Inside: Batty About Bats!

Saturday, May 20th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Come learn about the wonderful world of bats – how they use echolocation and how bats eat insects and not people! Ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required.

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, May 27th, 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.