Summer Camp

"This is the only summer program that my kids are involved in where they don't ask if they can 'skip a day' - they love it!"

-Karen Davis, parent of campers

Pringle Nature Center gets your kids outside this summer with our camp programs! With a different theme each week, there will be something new to discover as we use our pond, prairie, and forest as our classroom. We keep each week limited to ten campers for each camp to allow for greater one-on-one exploration and to help create a more profound experience. Our programs are perfect for the budding naturalist who enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Registration for Friends of Pringle Members begins February 12th and General Public begins February 26th.

Junior Naturalist

The Junior Naturalist Camp is for children aged 9-12 and meets every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Campers will learn to navigate with a compass, solve nature mysteries, and learn about the night sky.

Friends: $9.00/General Public: $12.00 price is per session per child

June 19 - What Lurks Here? 6 spots available
June 26 - Terrific Trees 8 spots available
July 3 - Phenology 9 spots available
July 10 - Early American Life 8 spots available
July 17 - Landmarks in Time 8 spots available
July 24 - Weird Nature 8 spots available
July 31 - Nature’s Most Wanted 8 spots available
August 7 - Eagles, Hawks, & Owls 6 spots available
August 14 - Ecosystem Members 9 spots available
August 21 - Sun Power 8 spots available

Observation & Creation

Our Observation & Creation Camp is for children aged 6-8 and meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. These campers go out and observe nature and create a piece of art based off of those observations.

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00 price is per session per child

June 20 - Hide and Seek 5 spots available
June 27 - Insect Invasion 2 spots available
July 4 - No Camp
July 11 - What Lurks Here? 4 spots available
July 18 - Amazing Animals 6 spots available
July 25 - Signs of Wildlife 6 spots available
August 1 - Plentiful Plants 5 spots available
August 8 - Ways to Move Around 6 spots available
August 15 - Birds of a Feather No spots available
August 22 - Seeds and Weeds 6 spots available

Little Naturalist

Children aged 4-5 are our littlest explorers! They meet every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be prepared to use your senses, explore what lives in the soil, and be grossed out!

Friends: $4.50/General Public: $6.00 price is per session per child

June 21 - Habitat is Where it’s At 9 spots available
June 28 - Creepy Crawlies 10 spots available
July 5 - Green Planet 10 spots available
July 12 - Little Wonders 7 spots available
July 19 - S.E.E. 9 spots available
July 26 - Bugs N’ Slugs 9 spots available
August 2 - Bats 7 spots available
August 9 - Night Sky 7 spots available
August 16 - Frog & Toad 6 spots available
August 23 - Down & Dirty 10 spots available

Registration

Registration and payment is due by June 15th. Payments can be made in cash or check only. If you are registering and paying in person, please come to the nature center Tuesday through Saturday. Please also call ahead to make sure someone is available to help you. Sorry, no phone registrations. More information and registration forms can be downloaded here.

"I liked to do the animal projects and learn about butterflies. I liked seeing frogs, going on hikes, and doing activities outside." - Little Naturalist Camper


"Nature camp is really, really fun and I can't wait to go again this summer!" - Observation & Creation Camper

"I liked the projects that we did and going outside there. Catching frogs was so much fun!” - Observation & Creation Camper


"It's something that I love and look forward to every week during the summer!" - Junior Naturalist Camper

Tots in the Park at Petrifying Springs County Park

This program, in partnership with Kenosha County Parks and County Executive Jim Kreuser, is for children ages 3-5 with a parent. This hour-long program gets children outside and having fun exploring nature. Tots in the Park will meet at Pavilion #6 of Petrifying Springs Park from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. every Monday starting June 17th and ending July 22nd. Pre-registration is necessary to ensure enough supplies are brought.

Friend of Pringle: Daily Fee $4.00 or $22.00 for all six/General Public Daily Fee $5.00 or $28.00 for all six (cost is per child)

June 17 - Creative Camo 11 spots available
June 24 - Frolicking Frogs 11 spots available
July 1 - Sensational Seeds 11 spots available
July 8 - Buzz & Flutter 11 spots available
July 15 - The Land Before Time 11 spots available
July 22 - Nature Theater 11 spots available

Registration

Registration and payment is due by the Friday before the program. Payments can be made in cash, check, or credit card. If you are registering and paying in person, please come to the nature center Tuesday through Saturday. Please also call ahead to make sure someone is available to help you. Sorry, no phone registrations. More information and registration forms can be downloaded here.