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.

Closed for Holiday

Sunday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 26th, and Sunday, December 31st

Fitness Hiking Club

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

Start your new year's resolutions off on the right foot and keep it going all year long with our fitness hiking club. 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!

Nature Story Time Hike: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Saturday, January 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day and how it reveals his wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Guided Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, January 13th, 1:00 p.m.

Join the Pringle Naturalist for a romp in the snow! We’ll explore the winter woods and get a good workout. If there isn't enough snow, a guided hike will be offered instead. Space is limited so pre–registration is required. Ages 10+

Friends: Free/General Public: $7.00

Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, January 17th, 5:00 p.m.

Nature Story Time: Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Thursday, January 18th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals' fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this book celebrates snowfall. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Leave No Child Inside: Snow Day
Saturday, January 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Just because it is cold out doesn't mean there’s nothing to do – there are many ways to enjoy the winter weather plus children that play outside in all weather grow up resilient. Different activities are scheduled throughout the day; come and leave when you like.

Free

Blue Supermoon Night Hike

Wednesday, January 31st, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the Farmer’s Almanac definition of a blue moon as we also enjoy the last of two supermoons for 2018. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. Pre-registration required.

Friends: $3.00/General Public: $5.00

Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, February 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!

Cabin Fever Crafts

Tuesdays in February, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day

A new adult program. Stuck in the house with nothing to do? Come on out to Pringle and try these crafts to help alleviate your cabin fever. Classes with additional materials fees are marked with an *.
February 6th Bread Making* (plus $5.00 materials fee)

February 13th Make a Quilt Sampler* (plus $5.00 materials fee)

February 20th Soap Making* (plus $5.00 materials fee)

February 27th Beginning Knitting* (plus $10.00 materials fee)

Pre-registration is required by 3:00 p.m. the Saturday before the program.
Friends: $8.00/session or $27.00 for all four

General Public: $10.00/session or $35.00 for all four

Nature Story Time Hike: Yonder by Tony Johnston

Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The lives of a 19th-Century farming family unfold as each page reveals another event which the family celebrates by planting another tree. After the story, we will head out on a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Great Backyard Bird Count – Build Your Own Bird Feeder
Saturday, February 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The weekend before the GBBC build your own feeder to count birds at during the Count. We will offer a short ID session, how to report data for the count, and some fun activities to learn about birds. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration required. Please bring your own hammer.

Feeder Price: Friends: $10.00/General Public: $12.00

Valentine's Candlelight Hike

Saturday, February 10th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the winter wonderland at night with family, friends, and loved ones while on the candlelit trail at Bristol Woods County Park. If there's enough snow, snowshoes will be available to borrow. Warm up afterwards by the cracking fire and refreshments will be served inside the nature center. Come and leave when you like.

Friends: Free/General Public: $5.00

Nature Story Time: In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow

Thursday, February 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a story of a child who puts seeds out for woodland animals on a snowy winter's day. In turn, the animals come to partake of the treat. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownies Girl Scout Letterboxer Badge

Saturday, February 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Letterboxing is an amazing adventure game played by people all over the world. Use your curiosity and join in. Pre-registration and payment is required by Thursday, February 15th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, February 17th, 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, February 15th

Leave No Child Inside: Sky's the Limit
Saturday, February 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come and explore the night sky during the daytime! Join us as we use the inflatable StarLab Planetarium to look at the night sky and see what causes the seasons. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Children first grade and older are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Nature Story Time Hike: My Mother Talks to Trees by Doris Gove

Saturday, March 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Although embarrassed when her mother stops and talks to all the trees on their walk, a girl joins her in admiring their leaves, flowers, needles, and seeds and recognizes them as a source of beauty. After the story, we will head out on a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge

Saturday, March 3rd, 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 March 1st!

$4.00 per scout

Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, March 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!

Leave No Child Inside: Owl Prowl
Friday, March 9th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Owls are amazing creatures! We will talk about the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, and Eastern Screech Owl then head out on to the trails to call them to see if they'll call back. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.
Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00

Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 10th, 11:00/1:00/2:30

With warmer weather, that can only mean one thing – it's time for Maple Syrup! Join us for one of three hikes that day in Petrifying Springs County Park. Meet at Pavilion #6.
Free; donations accepted

Nature Story Time: When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Thursday, March 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Every trail leads to a new adventure. What will you and your friends do next? Learn what you need to know to how to become a hiker and get ready for your adventure. Pre-registration and payment is required by Thursday, March 15th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, March 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 March 15th

Vernal Equinox Night Hike
Saturday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Get rid of the winter blues and help us welcome spring. We will search for the early spring risers that live in the park as well as learn how different cultures welcomed the longer days and warmer weather. Please leave your flashlights at home as they will spoil the experience. Pre-registration required.

Friends: Free/General Public: $5.00

Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 24th, 11:00/1:00/2:30

With warmer weather, that can only mean one thing – it's time for Maple Syrup! Join us for one of three hikes that day in Petrifying Springs County Park. Meet at Pavilion #6.
Free; donations accepted

Egg Drop, Roll, & Dye
Saturday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Easter a little differently this year! See if you can make a parachute so your egg can land without breaking, dye eggs with natural dyes, and roll them down our hill. Come and leave when you like.
Friends: $5.00/General Public: $8.00

Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, April 3rd, 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!

Leave No Child Inside: Come and Explore
Tuesday to Friday, April 3rd to April 6th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day

Instead of staying cooped up inside all of spring break, come out to Pringle Nature Center to see what is trying to bloom and crawling around! Come and leave when you like.
Tuesday – Drip, Drop Pond
Wednesday – Follow a Trail
Thursday – Bird’s the Word
Friday – Forest Frolic

Free

Nature Story Time Hike: The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

Saturday, April 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Put on your socks and shoes – and don't forget your ears! We're going on a listening walk. Shhhhh. Do not talk. Do not hurry. Get ready to fill your ears with a world of wonderful and surprising sounds. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, April 7th, 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, April 5th.

$4.00 per scout

Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m.

 

Nature Story Time: Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

Thursday, April 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

As the countdown begins, children watch the seeds (then seedlings, shoots and plants) disappear from various encounters. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, April 21st, 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, April 19th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, April 21st, 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, April 19th

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, April 28th, 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.

Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Whether you've just started or are curious about geocaching, come on out to see if you can find our hidden cache’s. There will be a short informational session at 1:00 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

Nature Story Time Hike: Signs Along the River by Kayo Robertson

Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This story will help us to understand and enjoy some of the sights and sounds in the natural world around us. After the story, we will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story.

Free

Junior Girl Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, May 5th, 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 Thursday, May 3rd!

$4.00 per scout

Plant Exchange
Saturday, May 12th, 1:00 p.m.

Have plants you must prune or cull? How about trading your excess with others? Take home new plants for your yard and have an instant new garden. No time to repot your donations? No problem – bags and newspaper will do.
Free

Mother's Day Ephemeral Brunch and Spring Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the special woman in your life with a gift of nature. Bring the mom in your life out to Pringle for a light brunch and a hike with a naturalist to see the spring ephemeral wildflowers that are blooming. Pre-registration is due by Friday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m. When calling please indicate your sitting time preference of 10:00 (10:30 hike), 11:00 (11:30 hike), or 12:00 (12:30 hike).

Friends: $13/General Public: $15

Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, May 19th, 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, May 17th

Kids to Park Day: Nature Play Date

Saturday, May 19th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, May 26th, 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: Batty About Bats!

Saturday, May 26th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Come learn about the wonderful world of bats – how they use echolocation and how bats eat insects and not people! Ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required.

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00