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.

Fall Fun Fest/International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, September 16th, 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, 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.

Nature Story Time: Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

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

From egg to caterpillar to butterfly, the story of how they live. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, September 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come help us as we continue our combat of European Buckthorn, Multi-Flora Rose, and many more invasive plants. Please bring your own work gloves, tools will be provided.

Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Geocaching is a sport where people use their GPS’s to play hide and seek with cache’s, sometimes filled with treasure. Whether you’re just starting or completely new to the sport, 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

Leave No Child Inside: Autumn Photographic Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 30th, 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.

Free

Nature Story Time Hike: A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes

Saturday, October 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Young Concepcion has no choice but to move to the [barrio] of the nearby city. With back-breaking work she plants a garden amid the rubble, using her grandmother’s legacy: a handful of chili, corn and bean seeds.

Free

Junior Girl Scouts Flowers Badge

Saturday, October 7th, 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 October 5th.

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Halloween Night Hike

Friday, October 13th, 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 listen to the night sounds. 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 We are no longer accepting registration; all spots are full.

Kohl’s Wild Theater presented by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Kohl's Cares: Aldo Leopold and the Ghost of Sand County

Saturday, October 14th, 12:00 p.m.

Aldo Leopold is considered the godfather of conservation and he established himself in our very own state of Wisconsin. Join Aldo in this 40-minute musical as he sends his children on an adventure into the Wisconsin wilderness. Audiences will learn about the importance of conserving the land and discover other famous conservationists from our home state. This show is most appropriate for families with children 5 and up.

Free

PNC Board Meeting

October 18th, 5:00 p.m.

Nature Story Time: Goodbye Geese by Nancy White Carlstrom

Thursday, October 19th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

When geese spread their wings in the sky and fly honking south, winter hears and winter comes. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, October 21st, 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. FULL; we are no longer accepting registration

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, October 19th

Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, October 21st, 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, October 16th

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, October 28th, 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.

Halloween Candlelight Night Hike

Saturday, October 28th, 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

Wisconsin Science Festival: Midwest Vineyard Management

Friday, November 3rd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate science throughout Wisconsin! Held throughout the state on November 2-5, the festival welcomes people of all ages for interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, talks, performances, demonstrations and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers. Join us for a talk about selection of site, planting, maintenance, things that can go wrong, and harvest. We will start out at the nature center then drive out to Bristol Vineyard. You must have your own transportation to the vineyard. Pre-registration is required.

Free

Pringle 5K Prairie and Woods Trail Run/Hike

Saturday, November 4th, 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 participants in each age group. Medals to first place overall male and female.

Entry fees for 5K Run/Hike: $15

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, November 4th, 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, November 2nd.

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Nature Play Date

Saturday, November 11th, 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: I Went Walking by Sue Williams

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

Join us with a book that tracks a crazy-haired boy’s stroll through the countryside. The boy sees a black cat, then a brown horse, then a red cow, and so on, and before he knows it, he’s being trailed by the entire menagerie! For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, November 18th, 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, November 13th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, November 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 November 16th

Closed for Holiday

Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th

Nature Story Time Hike: Big Tracks, Little Tracks by Millicent E. Selsam

Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Do you know who made these tracks? If you look closely, you’ll see that they were made by an animal! After the story we will go on a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, December 2nd, 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 November 30th.

$4.00 per scout

Leave No Child Inside: Winter Discovery Hike

Saturday, December 9th, 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 what goes on in winter – how plants and animals get ready for the colder weather and snow. Pre-registration is required!

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Workshop

Saturday, December 9th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 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 by December 5th.

$35.00

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, December 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Every trail leads to a new adventure. You will learn how to pack and prepare to go on a hike. Pre-registration and payment is required.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, December 14th

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, December 16th, 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 14th

118th Christmas Bird Count

Thursday, 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

Nature Story Time: Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II

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

Who is this Stranger? Why did he arrive after a winter storm and what wonderful surprises does he bring? For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Candlelight Night Hike & Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, 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

Sunday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 26th