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: 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 Hike

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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Teacher Naturalist Volunteer Training

Tuesday, March 19th to Thursday, March 21st, 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.

Tuesday, March 19th: Kindergarten and First Grade programs

Wednesday, March 20th: Second and Third Grade programs

Thursday, March 21st: Fourth and Fifth Grade programs

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 Hike  CANCELLED due to construction

Tuesday, April 2nd

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 CANCELLED

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.

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Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitats Badge CANCELLED

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. – 3:00 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 2nd!

$4.00 per scout

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Kenosha Tourism Week "Free Days"

Tuesday, May 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come to Pringle Nature Center on Tuesday, May 7th, and check out a pre-programmed GPS unit to hunt for geocaches in the park, or an Explorer Backpack filled with all the tools you need for a fun day of exploration. Kid-friendly; first-come, first-served. Driver's license or ID required to check items out.

Free

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 Brunch and Ephemeral Wildflower Hike
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. 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.

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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.

This program is now full; registrations are no longer being accepted.

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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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Cub Scouts: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Badge

Saturday, May 25th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This program will cover everything your scouts need to complete their "Fur, Feathers, and Ferns" Adventure. We will go on a hike to look for animal signs, plant a terrarium, dissect flowers, and learn about composting and endangered species. Pre-registration and payment is required by Thursday, May 23rd.

$4.00 per scout

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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Nature Story Time Hike

Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Story TBA. 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

Junior Girl Scouts: Flowers Badge

Saturday, June 1st, 1:00 - 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 30th.

$4.00 per scout

Brownie Girl Scouts: Hiker Badge

Saturday, June 15th, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Brownies are invited to Pringle Nature Center to earn their Hiker badge. Please arrive by 9:15 to check in. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 13th.

$4.00 per scout

Webelos: Into the Woods Badge

Saturday, June 15th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Webelos 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. Please arrive by 12:45 to check in. Please pre-register by Thursday, June 13th.
$4.00 per scout

Invasive Species Workday

Saturday, June 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.

Summer Celebration & Great American Campout

Saturday, June 22nd, all day

For the first time ever, Pringle is hosting a combined Summer Celebration and Great American Campout! Come with your family Saturday afternoon to celebrate summer with lawn games, arts & crafts, and nature activities, followed by campfire songs and stargazing (weather permitting). Stay for an overnight campout next to the nature center. Pre-registration is required for camping.

$10/tent   $5/breakfast (optional)

Leave no Child Inside: Mud Day

Wednesday, June 26th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Don't worry about getting messy... that's the point of this day! International Mud Day aims to connect children around the globe through the earth. Young kids will enjoy playing in the mud and exploring. Come and leave as you'd like, just don't forget your towel and a change of clothes!

Free