Building open Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and during special events.
Take Hwy. C west to Hwy. MB, south to entrance. Located in a Kenosha County park - Bristol Woods. Various free ongoing nature programs, exhibits, books and interactive learning stations. Outside, hike on wood chip trails through Bristol Woods upland forest — a majestic oak community.
Cross country skiing and snow shoeing on all trails. Snowshoes available for rent.
There are items people can borrow or rent at the center, including:
About: Located within the 197-acre Bristol Woods County Park, the Pringle Nature Center is a gateway to environmental learning, providing education to school groups, youth organizations, families, youth and adults.
The mission of the Pringle Nature Center is to provide a place where the Kenosha County community can appreciate nature, experience recreational opportunities and in doing so, be inspired to become responsible stewards of the environment.
The nature center building was constructed in 1998 with seed funds provided by Fanny Pringle in honor of her brother, Robert D. Pringle Sr., who donated a large portion of the land that is now Bristol Woods County Park. When the center first opened, they partnered with the Kenosha Youth Foundation (KYF, now the YMCA) to run programs. In 2003, the center closed when the KYF did not renew the contract. With the help of the Hoy Audubon Society, the doors reopened in 2004.
“It’s really great to see families return to the nature center time and time again, making it their home away from home,” says Pringle naturalist, Valerie Mann.
Today, Pringle does programming for school and youth groups, the general public, and has volunteer opportunities. Pringle has worked with the county to help restore the Oak Savanna and Prairie areas of the park. The center is also a part of Chicago Wilderness’s Leave No Child Inside program which aims to get more kids outside and is a supporter of the Wisconsin Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. (Green Spaces, Kenosha County Parks Newsletter, Spring 2016.)
Enjoy Lost in the Woods by Carl R. Sams, a colorful springtime tale of trust, patience, and waiting for one's time. This is followed by a hike. Free.
Join us for night activities with your favorite dad in your life. We’ll also celebrate the beginning of summertime!
Pitch your tent as the park provides a memorable experience of what it’s like to sleep out under the stars and listening to the night sounds.
Help Pringle to continue to restore its Oak Savanna and Prairie areas. Volunteers will be cutting down buckthorn, multi-flora rose, and other invasive plants. Free.
International Mud Day aims to connect children around the globe through the earth. Connect with others and play in the mud! Free; donations accepted.
Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin will be read. A grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits - with hilarious results. This will be followed by a hike.
Come to learn all about the world of frogs and toads.
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell will be read. Come hear the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Free.
Come watch the night sky for the Perseids. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, with 60 meteors per hour.
Come and explore as summer draws to a close. Arrive and leave when you like. Free.