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

The Junior Naturalist Camp is for children aged 9-12 and meets every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Campers will go back in time, observe the seasonal changes, and look at the oddballs in nature.

Friends: $9.00/General Public: $12.00 price is per session per child

June 15 - Geocaching 2 spots available

June 22 - Living With Nature 7 spots available

June 29 - Green Planet 4 spots available

July 6 - Blue Planet 3 spots available

July 13 - Seeds & Weeds 3 spots available

July 20 - Weather & Climate 2 spots available

July 27 - Claws and Paws 5 spots available

August 3 - Have to Have a Home 4 spots available

August 10 - Butterflies 2 spots available

August 17 - Survival 0 spots available

Observation & Creation

Our Observation & Creation Camp is for children aged 6-8 and meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. These campers go out and observe nature and create a piece of art based off of those observations.

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00 price is per session per child

June 16 - Hide and Seek 0 spots available

June 23 - Bugs 0 spots available

June 30 - Explore the Outdoor 0 spots available

July 7 - What Lurks Here? 0 spots available

July 14 - Amazing Animals 0 spot available

July 21 - Signs of Wildlife 0 spots available

July 28 - Plentiful Plants 0 spots available

August 4 - Ways to Move Around 0 spot available

August 11 - Birds of a Feather 0 spots available

August 18 - Seeds and Weeds 0 spots available

Little Naturalist

Children aged 4-5 are our littlest explorers! They meet every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be prepared to use your senses, explore what lives in the soil, and be grossed out!

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00 price is per session per child

June 17 - Under the Grass 0 spots available

June 24 - Nature’s Skyscrapers 0 spots available

July 1 - Birds of a Feather 0 spots available

July 8 - Freaky Fliers 0 spots available

July 15 - Things that Buzz 0 spots available

July 22 - Wiggle & Slither 0 spots available

July 29 - Metamorphosis 0 spots available

August 5 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 0 spots available

August 12 - What Happens to the Rain? 0 spots available

August 19 - “Sense of Nature” 0 spots available

Pringle Board of Directors Elections

Wednesday, June 1st, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Have ideas you would like to see us do? Have a talent that would really benefit the center? Consider joining the Board of Directors, which help foresee the mission of the center and helps in the operations of the center.

Nature Story Time Hike: Lost in the Woods by Carl R. Sams

Saturday, June 4th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Follow a newborn fawn, first seen sleeping "in the tall grass on the north edge of the meadow where the trees start the forest." After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, June 4th, 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, June 2nd!

$4.00 per scout

Nature Story Time: Water is Water by Miranda Paul

Thursday, June 16th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

This book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, June 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 is required by Thursday, June 16th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, June 18th, 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, June 16th

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, June 25th, 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 Backyard Campout, Saturday, June 25th to Sunday, June 26th, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pitch your tent at Pringle Nature Center as we provide a memorable experience of what it’s like to sleep out under the stars and listening to the sounds of the night. Bring your own food to cook over the fire or have hot dogs for dinner and oatmeal for breakfast with us. We’ll enjoy calling owls, s’mores, and a campfire. 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! You may also come just for the evening activities and not camp.
$10.00 per tent (families may bring more than one tent) Breakfast/Dinners (optional) $5.00 per person

International Mud Day

Wednesday, June 29th, 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 kiddie pools full 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: Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Saturday, July 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

A grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits - with hilarious results. 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 2nd, 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, June 30th.

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Frogs & Toads, Oh My!
Saturday, July 9th, 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. Ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required! Call or use the online registration to register.
Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, July 16th, 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 14th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, July 16th, 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 July 14th

Nature Story Time: Clouds by Anne F. Rockwell

Thursday, July 21st, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Did you know the different cloud types can forecast a change of weather? For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, July 23rd, 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 Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:00 p.m.

Nature Story Time Hike: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Saturday, August 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Come hear the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, August 6th, 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 August 4th!

$4.00 per scout

Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing
Friday, August 12th, 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! Call or use the online registration to register.
Friends: $3.00/General Public: $5.00

Nature Story Time: The Bear Ate Your Lunch by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Thursday, August 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Bear meets sandwich and adventure ensues. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, August 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 is required.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, August 18th

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, August 20th, 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 18

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, August 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.

Leave No Child Inside: Come & Explore!

Saturday, August 30th, 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