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.

Nature Story Time Hike: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Saturday, September 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. This program is for families and is not suited for groups.

Free

Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, September 4th, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer all while getting exercise. Join us each month to get some fresh air, good company and exercise. A naturalist will lead a 1– 1.5 mile hike on our trails. Perfect for hikers of varying levels. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing proper foot wear. There is no better way to incorporate mind, body and soul!

Fall Fun Fest/International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, September 15th, 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! For more information about the day, click here.

Free admission; prices vary with activity.

Nature Story Time: TBD

Thursday, September 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, September 22nd, 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.

Leave No Child Inside: Autumn Photographic Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 22nd, 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

Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer all while getting exercise. Join us each month to get some fresh air, good company and exercise. A naturalist will lead a 1– 1.5 mile hike on our trails. Perfect for hikers of varying levels. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing proper foot wear. There is no better way to incorporate mind, body and soul!

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Nature Story Time Hike: Birds by Kevin Henkes

Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

With a fine eye for detail, a girl observes and describes birds—their sizes, their colors, their shapes, the way they move and appear and disappear, and how they are most like her. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. This program is for families and is not suited for groups.

Free

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Junior Girl Scouts Flowers Badge

Saturday, October 6th, 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 4th.

$4.00 per scout

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Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, October 13th, 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

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Leave No Child Inside: Halloween Night Hike

Saturday, 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

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PNC Board Meeting

October 17th, 5:30 p.m.

Nature Story Time: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Thursday, October 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down? For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, October 20th, 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.

$4.00 per scout by Thursday, October 18th

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Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, October 20th, 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 18th

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Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, October 27th, 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.

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Halloween Candlelight Night Hike

Saturday, October 27th, 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

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Bristol Woods Trail Run

Saturday, November 3rd, 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 and 2 mile 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

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Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, November 3rd, 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 1st.

$4.00 per scout We are at max enrollment and are no longer accepting registrations.

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Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, November 6th, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer all while getting exercise. Join us each month to get some fresh air, good company and exercise. A naturalist will lead a 1– 1.5 mile hike on our trails. Perfect for hikers of varying levels. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing proper foot wear. There is no better way to incorporate mind, body and soul!

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Leave No Child Inside: Nature Play Date

Saturday, November 10th, 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

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Nature Story Time: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Thursday, November 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

A chill is in the air and Bear knows it is time for her winter nap. Each animal who tries to put off going to sleep just a little longer sees, smells, hears, or tastes the signs of the impending season. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Take a Hike Day

Saturday, November 17th

Join us as we open our online, interactive interpretive trail.

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Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, November 17th, 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 15th.

$4.00 per scout.

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Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, November 17th, 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 15th

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Closed for Holiday

Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd

Nature Story Time Hike: Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

If you followed a squirrel for a day, what would you see? Climbing branches, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes, and maybe even flying! After the story we will go on a hike with activities tied to the story. This program is for families and is not suited for groups.

Free

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Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, December 1st, 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 29th.

$4.00 per scout

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Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, December 4th, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer all while getting exercise. Join us each month to get some fresh air, good company and exercise. A naturalist will lead a 1– 1.5 mile hike on our trails. Perfect for hikers of varying levels. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing proper foot wear. There is no better way to incorporate mind, body and soul!

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Leave No Child Inside: Winter Discovery Hike

Saturday, December 8th, 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

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Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, December 15th, 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 13th

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Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, December 15th, 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 13th

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Nature Story Time: The Mitten by Jan Brett

Thursday, December 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing and one by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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119th Christmas Bird Count

Friday, 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

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Candlelight Night Hike & Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, 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

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Closed for Holiday

Tuesday, December 25th