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!
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.
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.
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
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)
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!):