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.)
The book The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer will be read. After the story, there will be a guided hike with activities tied to the story.
Bring out the mom in your life to celebrate her day. A light brunch will be served. Guided hikes will be on the hour.
Have plants you must prune or cull? How about trading your excess with others? Take home new plants and have an instant new garden. Free.
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.
Join us for night activities with your favorite dad in your life. We’ll also celebrate the beginning of summertime!
Come watch the night sky for the Perseids. We will have a short presentation before heading out to watch the show.
Come celebrate fall at Pringle! There will be hayrides, kid’s crafts, food, green vendors and more!
Join us for a safe Halloween program as we talk about the animals that are associated with Halloween and attempt to call owls.
Hailed as some of the best trails in Kenosha County, this 5K goes through the rolling hills of the park.