With the safety of our community, staff, and volunteers in mind, Pringle Nature Center will be closed to the public until further notice. However, the trails of Bristol Woods and other county parks are currently open during regular hours, and Pringle Nature Center will still be working hard at our mission of “Putting People in Touch with Nature.” Spending time in nature is now more important than ever, according to a mountain of research confirming its positive effects on mental well-being, physical fitness, and immune system function. These closures have challenged PNC, and similar institutions everywhere, with developing creative, low-contact ways for the public to access environmental education and park resources. We are happy to report that social distancing does not have to mean isolation, boredom, or even a hiatus from learning! Explore the FREE, social-distancing friendly offerings listed below, and be sure to follow us on Instagram (pringle_nature_center) or Facebook for weekly photo challenges, nature activities, and other updates. Please follow the CDC's safety guidelines when using public spaces: stay home if you do not feel well, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others who are not members of your household, and avoid common touch points. As always, you can help your local parks by "leaving no trace." Like all small organizations, we are affected by a loss of income and donations during this time.

If you believe in our mission of "Putting People in Touch with Nature," please consider making a donation or becoming a member to help us bridge the gap. Thank you for your support!

What to do right now in Bristol Woods:

  • Take a hike: Bristol Woods offers over 4 miles of trails through woodland, prairie, and wetland habitats. Bring your boots, as the trails can get muddy. Need a trail map? Download the printable Bristol Woods Trail map.
  • Bring your four-legged friend: Leashed dogs are welcome in the park, and doggy bags are provided at stations near the parking lot. Please, it is important to keep your dog on a leash at this time as wild animals are returning to the park and nesting.
  • Explore the park in depth: PNC provides a self-guided interpretive trail highlighting points of interest along the red trail. Simply scan the QR codes on the trail with your smartphone, or download the printable interpretive trail guide.
  • Go on a treasure hunt: Geocaching has been called a “global treasure hunt.” If you’re new to the hobby, check out the geocaching website for cache clues and coordinates in local parks. Use your smart phone or other GPS receiving device to see how many caches you can hunt down in Bristol Woods. For extra fun, bring your own small items to trade.
  • Get crafty with kindness rocks:Kindness rocks,” painted and hidden in public places by people all over the country, are intended to inspire and bring smiles to others. When you find one, move it to a new place for the next person to find. See the “Kindness Rocks Kenosha” Facebook page for inspiration.
  • Start your nature passport: Download PNC's Nature Passport to begin your adventure in Kenosha County parks! Kids can complete activities throughout the year to earn stamps in their passport.

Insect Safari

Sharpen your observation skills by going on an insect "safari" in Bristol Woods County Park. The prairie is in full bloom and an abundance of insects are feeding on the nectar and leaves of the prairie plants. Use your observational skills to see how many insects you can find!

Print out the Insect Safari card below to search the prairie for insects. No ink in your printer? We have you covered--copies of the Insect Safari will be in the free library outside of Pringle Nature Center.

Nature Story Time

We are excited to announce that you can now participate in Nature Story Time from home! Just gather your little ones, some craft supplies, and a comfortable seat. Click below for videos and craft supply lists.

Nature Activities with Pringle:

Looking for educational, family-friendly nature activities? PNC's staff is working hard to bring you seasonal activities that can be completed by parents and children in any park or natural space using a minimum of materials. Click below for activities and other educational content:

Amphibians & Wetlands
Egg Drop, Dye, & Roll
Trees & Earth Day
Flowers & Trails

Weekly Pringle Photo Challenge:

Get your camera ready! PNC has provided a series of photo scavenger hunts that can be completed in any park or outdoor location. While the weekly contests have ended, you can still download each scavenger hunt below. We would love to see your discoveries--post your favorite photo to Instagram or Facebook and tag Pringle Nature Center.

Photo Challenge: Opposites (contest ends March 24th)
Photo Challenge: Animals (contest ends March 31st)
Photo Challenge: Sounds (contest ends April 11th)
Photo Challenge: Hidden World (contest ends April 18th)
Photo Challenge: Plants (contest ends April 25th)
Photo Challenge: Colors (contest ends May 2nd)
Photo Challenge: Trails (contest ends May 9th)
Photo Challenge: Birds (contest ends May 23rd)
Photo Challenge: Textures (contest ends June 6th)

Birding Resources:

Check the Hoy Audubon website for up to date information on bird walks and other birding resources.

Interested in birding on your own? The following resources come highly recommended from avid birders (and are great family projects!):

  • Merlin: Free smartphone app with bird photos, calls, and bird ID feature
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology & National Audubon: Comprehensive resources with information, photos, activities, and all things birds
  • Project FeederWatch: Count birds at your own feeder and submit data to help scientists
  • BirdCams from Cornell U.: Watch live bird feeds from around the world, and help scientists by contributing your own count!