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: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

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

On a cross country ski trip through the winter woods, discover the secret world of animals living under the snow. 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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Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, January 12th, 9:00 a.m.

 

Guided Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, January 12th, 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

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Nature Story Time: Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin

Thursday, January 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a story that shows forest animals’ tracks in the snow as they rush to their homes during a winter storm. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Brownie Girl Scout Hiker Badge

Saturday, January 19th, 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, January 17th.

$4.00 per scout

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Webelos Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, January 19th, 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, January 17th.

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School Field Trip Showcase

Friday, January 25th, 6:00 p.m.

Classroom teachers come out to Pringle Nature Center where we will showcase for you what educational resources we offer. There will be refreshments and a drawing for one classroom (up to 30 students) to attend one of our field trips for free.

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Leave No Child Inside: Snow Day
Saturday, January 26th, 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

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Nature Story Time Hike: One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler

Saturday, February 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

When a fierce windstorm blows away Little Hedgehog’s nest, he puts on his winter clothes and sets off for Badger’s warm house. On his way, Hedgehog meets his friends, all shivering in the wind and snow. After the story, we will head out 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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Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, February 5th, 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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Cabin Fever Crafts

Tuesdays in February, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 5th Bread Making*

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February 12th Make a Quilt Sampler* canceled

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February 19th Soap Making*

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February 26th Beginning Knitting* canceled

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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

Great Backyard Bird Count – Build Your Own Bird Feeder
Saturday, February 9th, 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

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Valentine's Candlelight Hike

Thursday, February 14th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 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

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Brownies Girl Scout Letterboxer Badge

Saturday, February 16th, 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 14th.

$4.00 per scout

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Webelos Earth Rocks! Badge

Saturday, February 16th, 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 February 14th.

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Nature Story Time: Little Fox in the Snow by Jonathan London

Thursday, February 21st, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Follow a young red fox on a snowy day in this striking glimpse of woodland life in winter. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Leave No Child Inside: Sky’s the Limit
Saturday, February 23rd, 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

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Teacher Naturalist Volunteer Training

Wednesday, February 27th to Friday, March 1st, 10:00 a.m. each day

Are you interested in nature and would love to share that curiosity with the next generation? Pringle Nature Center is offering training sessions for the classes we offer to school groups. Come for some or all of the sessions. Check out our website for the educational programs we offer that might interest you.

Wednesday, February 27th: Kindergarten and First Grade programs

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Thursday, February 28th: Second and Third Grade programs

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Tuesday, March 1st: Fourth and Fifth Grade programs

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Please pre-register so we know how many to expect

Nature Story Time Hike: Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell

Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Grandpa Brockwell leads the way as his family works together to tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup, in a title that follows the entire maple syrup process and includes maple syrup lore. After the story, we will head out 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, March 2nd, 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 February 28th!

$4.00 per scout

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Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, March 5th, 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: Owl Prowl
Friday, March 8th, 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

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Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 9th, 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

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Brownie Girl Scout Senses Badge

Saturday, March 16th, 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, March 14th.

$4.00 per scout

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Webelos Into the Wild Badge

Saturday, March 16th, 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, March 14th.

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Nature Story Time: Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur

Thursday, March 21st, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

As the winter chill fades, the signs of spring suddenly begin to appear everywhere around the farm, in a charming tale about the cycle of life. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Vernal Equinox Night Hike
Friday, March 22nd, 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

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Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs
Saturday, March 23rd, 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

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Wetland Monitor Volunteer Training

Saturday, March 30th, 10:00 a.m.

Interested in water quality and want to become a citizen scientist? Join us as we go over how to monitor, how to use the guides for identifying the species, and how to use the datasheets.

Free

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Fitness Hiking Club

Tuesday, April 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: Quiet by Tomie DePaola

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

Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be. The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water – even the trees are waving their leaves. So what if we sit here, you next to me…and we can just be? 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 Scout Animal Habitats Badge

Saturday, April 6th, 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 4th.

$4.00 per scout

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Pringle Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30 p.m.

 

Nature Story Time: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

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

Learn what animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare! Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters. Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow! For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Egg Drop, Roll, & Dye
Saturday, April 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
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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

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Leave No Child Inside: Come and Explore
Tuesday to Friday, April 23rd to April 26th
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 – Earth Day

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Wednesday – Follow a Trail

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Thursday – Bird’s the Word

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Friday – Forest Frolic

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Free

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, April 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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Beginning Geocaching

Saturday, April 27th, 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 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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Nature Story Time Hike: The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. 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 Scout Flowers Badge

Saturday, May 4th, 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

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Plant Exchange
Saturday, May 11th, 1:00 p.m
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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 re-pot your donations? No problem – bags and newspaper will do.
Free

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Mother’s Day Ephemeral Brunch and Spring Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 12th, 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 10th 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

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Nature Story Time: Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Thursday, May 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat – and how? For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Free

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Brownie Girl Scout Bugs Badge

Saturday, May 18th, 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 16th

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Kids to Park Day: Nature Play Date

Saturday, May 18th, 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

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Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, May 25th, 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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Leave No Child Inside: Batty About Bats!

Friday, May 31st, 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

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