When is Pringle Nature Center open?
Spring-Fall: Tues-Sun, 9 am – 4 pm*; closed Mon
Winter: Tues-Sat, 9 am – 4 pm; Sun 12 – 4 pm*; closed Mon
*The main room may be closed during “open” hours if there is a program or rental, but bathrooms will usually be open. Please call ahead if you are bringing a large group (10 or more), or want to confirm availability.
What does Pringle Nature Center do?
Pringle Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization operating out of Bristol Woods County Park, which is maintained by Kenosha County Parks. Our mission, “Putting People in Touch with Nature,” emphasizes environmental education and recreation in nature. We offer a variety of programs for all ages led by staff and volunteers.
Where can I find information about events at Pringle?
You can find an events calendar here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on display in the nature center. We offer a variety of programs for all ages, including public programs, field trips, scouts programs, summer camps, service days, and special events.
How do I schedule a field trip or other group visit?
To request a field trip, scouts/youth program, or other private program, please use the links at the top of this page. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and any questions.
Can I rent the nature center/stage/fire pit?
Yes, Pringle Nature Center, as well as the outdoor stage and fire pit, are available for rental! Rental policies and request form may be found here. The pavilion near the entrance of the park is rented by Kenosha County.
I am interested in volunteering with Pringle Nature Center.
Thank you for your interest! Pringle Nature Center depends on its volunteers. A variety of opportunities are available--please see our volunteer page and submit an interest form.
How else can I help?
As a non-profit organization, we appreciate donations in any amount. There is a donation box in the nature center, or checks can be made out to Pringle Nature Center. Your donations are tax-deductible. We also use many consumables in our programs and the maintenance of our facilities. A wish list may be found here. Lastly, word of mouth goes a long way. If you enjoyed your visit, please tell your friends! Thank you!
BRISTOL WOODS COUNTY PARK
When does the park open and close?
The park, including hiking trails, is open from dawn to dusk year-round. The front gate is closed by 10 pm.
I have a question or concern about the trails or another feature of the park.
We are happy to assist visitors if we can, but questions regarding Bristol Woods County Park should be directed to the Kenosha County Parks Department. Pringle Nature Center does not maintain the trails, pavilion, playground, parking lot, or ropes course. If there is a tree down on a trail, or other non-emergency issue in the park, please either contact us or the Parks Department. For emergencies, call 911. For other non-emergencies, call the sheriff: (262) 605-5100.
What is there to do in the park?
Pringle Nature Center offers GPS units for geocaching ($5), kids’ “Explorer’s Backpacks” ($5), and snowshoes ($5) for rent, all of which are free for members. Binoculars and guidebooks are free to borrow if visitors leave an ID. The nature center offers a variety of live animals, displays, and books to peruse. 4 miles of hiking trails are open dawn-dusk and guides (general trail maps, self-guided interpretive trail, and online interactive map) are free at Pringle Nature Center. Our scheduled events may be found on our website or on calendars posted in the nature center. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are found throughout the park, and there is a playground located across from the pavilion. Boundless Adventures ropes course is located near the pond, open spring-fall. Other spots of interest in the park include: the pond, the prairie, the lookout point off the green trail, and remains of historic buildings found at various points along the trails.
Can I rent the open-air pavilion?
Pringle Nature Center does not own or maintain the pavilion. Visitors interested in renting the pavilion should contact the Kenosha County Parks Department by calling 262-857-1869 or visiting http://co.kenosha.wi.us/1660/Bristol-Woods-Park.
Are dogs/bicycles/horses allowed?
Dogs are allowed on a leash. We ask that owners be aware of other visitors in the park, pick up their dogs’ waste, and do not bring dogs inside the nature center (except for service animals). Bicycles are not permitted on the hiking trails for cyclists’ and other visitors’ safety. Horses are not allowed in the park unless riders have obtained a permit from the Kenosha County Parks Department. These policies are set and enforced by Kenosha County.
Can I pick mushrooms/plants/animals/other natural items?
According to Kenosha County Parks ordinance chapter 10.07, “prohibited actions,” removing or damaging any natural items (mushrooms, plants, animals, etc.) anywhere in Bristol Woods County Park is prohibited and may carry a fine. Bristol Woods is one of the more "natural" parks in the area, a refuge for many native plants and animals, and is used every week in educational programming—it is important that visitors “leave no trace.” These policies are set and enforced by Kenosha County.
Is alcohol allowed?
Alcohol is not permitted in the park or nature center without a permit. This policy is set and enforced by the Kenosha County Parks Department.
I have a question about Boundless Adventures ropes course.
Boundless Adventures is a private, for-profit business holding a contract with Kenosha County. Pringle Nature Center is a private, non-profit corporation also holding a contract with Kenosha County. As such, we are unable to help visitors make reservations for the ropes course, or offer detailed information. Please visit their website or office for more information.
Where is Boundless Adventures ropes course located?
Boundless Adventures ropes course is located just inside the woods adjacent to Pringle Nature Center. Enter Bristol Woods County Park and drive past the open-air pavilion into the large parking lot in front of Pringle Nature Center. Park, then follow the trail between the pond and prairie to their office, a green building. Boundless Adventures has picnic tables and bathrooms available within the ropes course area.
I found an injured animal—can you care for it?
Pringle Nature Center is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility and has neither the licenses nor the means to care for injured wildlife. An excellent nearby rehabilitation facility is Fellow Mortals in Lake Geneva (262-248-5055).
Do you accept animal donations?
Unfortunately, we receive many offers but generally cannot not accept animal donations. Pringle Nature Center is a small non-profit organization, and in order for us to accept a donated animal it would need to 1) be a non-endangered species native to the area, 2) not be injured (we are not a rehabilitation facility), 3) come with proper licenses, and 4) not require a burdensome degree/cost of care. If your animal meets those criteria, please contact the Naturalist. Otherwise, we recommend contacting animal shelters or adoption websites specific to the type of animal.
I have another question not answered by your website.
Please give us a call (262-857-8008) or email!