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.

Junior Naturalist
Wednesday's, June 14th to August 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For children aged 9-12 years old. Please provide a lunch for your child. Hands-on, experiential activities will be done during the program. More information found here.

Observation & Creation
Thursday's, June 15th to August 17th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For children aged 6-8 years old. Children will make nature themed creations to take home and observe nature in the park. Hands-on, experiential activities will be done during the program. More information found here.

Little Naturalist
Friday's, June 16th to August 18th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For children aged 4-5 years old. A story will be read as well as exploration of the park. Hands-on, experiential activities will be done during the program. More information found here.

Nature Story Time Hike: Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer by Mary Holland

Saturday, June 3rd, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He's about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, June 3rd, 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, June 1st!

$4.00 per scout

SPARK! Program

Friday, June 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. This month we will talk about prairies.

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

Nature Story Time: Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter

Thursday, June 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Join Nutkin, his brother Twinkleberry and all his cousins as they make their way over to Owl Island to gather nuts. See what happens when Old Brown, the terrifying owl guardian of the island decides he has had enough of silly Nutkin's cheekiness! For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, June 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 and payment is required by Thursday, June 15th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, June 17th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Webelos scouts are invited to Pringle Nature Center to earn their Into the Woods 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 Thursday, June 15th

Father's Day & Summer Solstice Celebration

Sunday, June 18th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bring your dad out as we celebrate the Summer Solstice and Father’s Day. We’ll learn how cultures around the world celebrate the solstice and father’s in the animal realm. We will have hot dogs and s’mores! Registration is required! Call or register online.

Friends: Free/General Public: $5.00

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, June 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.

Leave No Child Inside: NWF Great American Campout

Saturday, June 24th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Did you know that today, 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago? Be a part of the Great American Backyard Campout and set an example for children that will get them excited about the great outdoors. All children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of weather, we will sleep inside the nature center. This is a wholesome family program. Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Registration is required! Call or register online – space is limited to 10 families!

$10.00 per tent (families may bring more than one tent) Breakfast/Dinners (optional) $5.00 per person

International Mud Day

Wednesday, June 28th, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

International Mud Day aims to connect children around the globe through the earth. Connect with others and play in the mud! We will have lots of mud to play in. Please bring a change of clothes as getting dirty will be strongly encouraged!

Free; donations accepted

Nature Story Time Hike: The Hummingbird's Gift by Stefan Czernecki

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

When Consuelo saves the hummingbirds' lives they, in return, show her how to save her family from the drought. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, July 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, June 30th.

$4.00 per scout

Closed for Holiday

Saturday, July 4th

 

Leave No Child Inside: Frogs and Toads, Oh My!

Saturday, July 8th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Come out to learn all about the world of frogs and toads, what makes them special. We’ll learn how to identify frogs visually and by their distinctive calls. Be prepared to get dirty and wet! Ages 4 and up. Registration is required! Call or register online.

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, July 15th, 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, July 13th. There will be no same day registration.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, July 15th, 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 Thursday, July 13th

How to Prune Small Trees with GTC
Tuesday, July 18th, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Do you have a small tree in your front yard?  Do you hope that tree will become a large beautiful shade tree?  Aaron Schauer from Gateway Technical College’s Arboriculture/Urban will teach about pruning small trees to improve structure and health. Aaron is an ISA board certified master arborist. Prior to Gateway, he worked as a climbing arborist and has over 16 years of experience pruning trees. The hour segment will include a 25 minute indoor presentation. Then we’ll head outside to look at small trees surrounding the nature center to discuss where and how cuts should be made!
Free; $5.00 suggested donation

Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

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

Elections to the board will be held at this meeting.

Nature Story Time: Beaver Stream by Marilyn F. Holmer

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

During the winter, Beaver searches for a home, flees a coyote, and finds a mate. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, July 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.

Pringle Nature Center Day - Tots in the Park

Tuesday, July 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Pringle will be out at Petrifying Springs County Park for the Kenosha County Parks new "Tots in the Park" program. Parents and children (3-5 years) join us as we see what lives in the river.

Free; meet at Pavilion #3

Nature Story Time Hike: Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce

Saturday, August 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, August 5th, 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 August 3rd! There will be no same day registration.

$4.00 per scout

Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing

Friday, August 11th, 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. This year's shower should peak on the night of August 11th and the morning of the 12th. Join us for a short, informal talk about the Perseids. Please dress for the weather. Registration is required! Please call or register online.

Friends: $3.00/General Public: $5.00

Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Workshop

Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Spend a fun and activity-filled day getting hands-on experience with the award-winning environmental education program, Project Learning Tree. This workshop will help address state standards and provide educators with the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms and their students into the environment. Registration is required. Registration Deadline: August 1st, 2017.

$35.00

Nature Story Time: Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies

Thursday, August 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Night has fallen, and Bat awakens to find her evening meal. Follow her as she swoops into the shadows, shouting and flying, the echoes of her voice creating a sound picture of the world around her. When morning light creeps into the sky, Bat returns to the roost to feed her baby…and to rest until nighttime comes again. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, August 19th, 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. There will be no same day registration.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, August 17th

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, August 19th, 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, August 17th

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Monday, August 21st, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come out to the park to view the solar eclipse! We will have our Sun Spotter set up and you can make your own pinhole viewer to safely watch the eclipse as well.

Pinhole viewer – $2.00

SPARK! Program

Friday, August 25th, 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 we will talk about Wisconsin mammals.

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

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, August 26th, 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.

Leave No Child Inside: Summer's Last Fling

Saturday, August 26th, 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 if you’re not sure what to do, we’ll have cards with suggestions on how to explore our woods. Arrive and leave when you like.

Free