Programs

Pringle Nature Center offers a variety of programming tailored to your group's needs:

-field trips
-monthly home school science programs
-summer camps
-scouts and other youth group programs
-walk-in Leave no Child Inside events
-nature-themed birthday parties
-other special events

More information about our various programs offered at the nature center can be found below.

School Field Trips

Pringle Nature Center offers hands-on nature programming in the woods, prairie, and wetlands of Bristol Woods. Programs are led by staff and volunteer teacher naturalists with one naturalist per every 10-15 students. Most programs are $5/student with a minimum of $50 per program, though programs that require special equipment may carry a higher fee.

Home School Science

Add environmental education enrichment to your home school curriculum by joining us for our monthly home school science series! Pringle Nature Center is a great place for children of all ages to study nature up-close in the forest, pond, and prairie ecosystems of the 197-acre Bristol Woods County Park. Home School Science is a nature-based, primarily outdoor program. Children participate in hands-on group learning with activities focused on a different nature-related topic each month.

Summer Camps

Get your kids outside this summer with our camp programs! With a different theme each week, there will be something new to discover as we use the ponds, prairie, and forest as our classroom. Our programs are perfect for the budding naturalist who enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Scouts & Youth Group Programs

Pringle Nature offers badge programs for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, both as pre-scheduled Scouts Days and by request! If you are looking for another youth group program, project, or service opportunity, Pringle may be able to provide space and/or programming.

Leave No Child Inside

The Leave No Child Inside initiative was created by the Chicago Wilderness to get children outside and away from electronics to be more connected to nature. Pringle frequently hosts free and low-cost public programs designed to encourage self-guided play in nature.

Children's Birthday Parties

Give the gift of Nature for your child's birthday: celebrate at Pringle Nature Center! Parties are offered based on age and focus on nature exploration and/or crafts. 1-1.5 hours of activities are led by our staff, with an additional hour for cake and presents in the nature center.