Use Pringle Nature Center as Your Lab

Middle and High School teachers, come use Pringle Nature Center as your staging area for your science curriculum. $50 for half day use of the building, $75 for whole day use. Call to see if dates are available. 

Field Trips

If you would like more information regarding the different programs the PNC offers, please e-mail Valerie Mann, Naturalist at naturalist [at] pringlenc.org.

We have been noticing how much food was being wasted and are challenging school groups to have a Zero Waste Lunch when they are here. Our program is based off of Mosquito Hill Nature Center's own successful program.

Downloads: Teacher Letter, No Waste Fact Sheet

                    

Kindergarten

Fall Needs of Plants and Animals

Through a puppet show and hands-on activities, students will learn about the life cycle of butterflies.

Addresses NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.B.1, SCI.LS1.C.K

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness


Winter Needs of Plants and Animals

Students will hear a seasonal tale where they will learn about the needs of plants and animals change with the seasons. We will head to outside to find examples of these interactions.

Addresses NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.B.1, SCI.LS1.C.K

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Sunlight and Weather

Is the weather the same everywhere? Investigate the microclimates of Bristol Woods and compare the findings.

Addresses NGSS: K-ESS2-1, K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESS2.D.K, SCI.PS3.D.K

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

First Grade

Animal and Plant Defenses

Take a hike through the woods where students will learn how the animals are able to adapt to survive.

Addresses NGSS: 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.A.1, SCI.LS1.B.1, SCI.LS1.D.1

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Second Grade

Plant and Animal Relationships

Students will learn that all things are connected through activities and investigations looking at Pringle's prairie and our endangered Oak Savanna.

Addresses NGSS: K-LSS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.C.K, SCI.LS2.A.2, SCI.ESS3.A.K

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Environmental Health; Health & Wellness

Properties of Natural Materials

Discover the different properties of different natural materials through experiments and hands-on learning.

Addresses NGSS: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.PS1.A.2, SCI.PS1.B.2

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Changing Landforms

The earth is ever changing and students will explore how natural forces shaped this part of Kenosha County.
Addresses NGSS: 2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESS1.C.2, 2-ESS2-2

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Third Grade

Inheritance and Traits

Plants and animals have needs to be met. Students will identify the needs of plants and animals. They will see how inherited traits help in the plant and animal survival.

Addresses NGSS: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.B.3, SCI.LS2.C.3, SCI.LS3.A.3, SCI.LS3.B.3, SCI.LS4.C.3, SCI.LS4.D.3

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Environments and Survival

One type of adaptation is camouflage. Through explorations, we will see the advantage of this adaptation.

Addresses NGSS: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-4 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS1.A.4, SCI.LS2.C.3, SCI.LS4.A.3, SCI.LS4.C.3, SCI.LS4.D.3

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Weather and Climate

Climate helps you decide what clothes to buy, weather helps you decide what clothes to wear. Students will learn to record data with tools, ID clouds, and predict the weather.
Addresses NGSS: 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESS2.C.5, SCI. ESS2.D.3

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Environmental Health; Health & Wellness

Fourth Grade

Energy Conversions

Green technology is growing. Students will develop an efficient solar collector and see how these technologies work.
Addresses NGSS: 4-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.PS3.B.4, SCI.PS3.D.4,5, SCI.ESS3.A.4

GHS: Energy; Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Earth's Features

Your students will be introduced to the rock cycle, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes. They will identify minerals and classify rocks.
Addresses NGSS: 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESSS1.C.4

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Waves, Energy, and Information

Students will investigate the different ways animals communicate as well as how and why they communicate.
Addresses NGSS: 4-PS4-3, 4-LS1-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.PS3.B.4, SCI.PS4.A.4

GHS: Energy; Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

Fifth Grade

Patterns of Earth and Sky

Using the Star Lab, students will be taken to far away places to learn about the sun, our galaxy, and the surrounding stars.

Addresses NGSS: 5-ESS1-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESS1.B.5

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Health & Wellness

The Earth System

Water is essential to all life. Through investigations, students will look at global and personal water use.
Addresses NGSS: 5-ESS2-2, 5ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3 and WI Science Standards: SCI.ESS2.A.4,5, SCI.ESS2.C.5

GHS: Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Environmental Health; Health & Wellness; Water

Ecosystem Restoration

Students will learn about a local endangered ecosystem - the Oak Savanna and about local invasive species.
Addresses NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS-1-2 and WI Science Standards: SCI.LS2.C.3, SCI.ESS2.E.4, SCI.ESS3.C.5

GHS: Community Involvement; Environmental & Sustainability Ed; Environmental Health; Health & Wellness

Kindergarten to Eighth Grade                                                          

LEAF

LEAF, Learning Experiences and Activities in Forestry is a program developed at UW-Stevens Point to teach Wisconsin students about one of our states most valuable resources, our forests. The field activities were designed to accompany the LEAF classroom curriculum, but can also be used on their own, giving students a better understanding of the forests in their own back yard.

Second Grade to adult

Snowshoeing
Enjoy the outdoors in the winter months and get some exercise at the same time. Limited number of snowshoes per session.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade
Mighty Acorns

This program introduces thousands of 3rd through 5th graders to nature and conservation stewardship in the Chicagoland area each year through activities based on education, restoration, and exploration. Mighty Acorns provides outdoor experiences in fall, winter, and spring by building knowledge and skills over a three-year period. Special pricing just for Mighty Acorns program - $100/class for the three
seasonal visits.

Fourth Grade
Pond Study

Your students will explore the pond and wetlands at the Pringle Nature Center looking for the abundant life teeming within them. Water quality testing will be done.

Fourth Grade and Up

Winter Survival
This program simulates basic survival skills in an emergency situation outdoors. Students construct survival shelters out of forest debris and learn how to build warming fires. Dressing for the weather and basic survival tips are also covered. This program is only in winter.

Fifth Grade and Up

Geocaching
Learn what Global Positioning System (GPS) is and how it is used in the real world. Go on a high tech treasure hunt to test your skills. Can be paired with Orienteering to create an all day program.

Fifth Grade and Up

Map Use and Orienteering
Students learn compass use, map reading and basic orienteering skills
to maneuver through a marked course.

Your Choice!

We are happy to work with you to develop or adapt from our current list a program that suits your specific needs.

Program Policies

  1. All Programs are two hours in length.
  2. Due to staffing and equipment limitations, there is a maximum of 50 students per program.
  3. Schools must provide at least one adult chaperone per 10 students.
  4. The fee for a program is $4.00/student with a minimum of $40/program. Cancellations or changes to your registration must be made 14 days prior to the scheduled visit to receive a refund. Groups have five (5) days to adjust their attendance and those that arrive with fewer students than were paid for will not receive a refund.
  5. Lunch space may be available upon request on a first-come first served basis.
  6. Students and adults must come dressed appropriately for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in case of extreme weather only and attempts to find an alternate date will be made.
  7. Program registration may be completed by downloading a program request form.
  8. Please have your payment made payable to Pringle Nature Center. Payments are due on or before your program.