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Pringle Nature Center

(262) 857-8008

Hours:

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:

  • GPS Units – Our GPS units are pre-programmed with the Geocaches located in the park. GPS units can be rented for $5.00/unit. Driver’s license or ID is needed for rental.
  • Explorer Backpack – These family friendly backpacks provide the tools necessary to facilitate fun exploration of Bristol Woods. Backpacks can be rented for $5.00/pack. Driver’s license or ID is needed for rental.
  • Guidebooks and Binoculars – While out on your hike, you can borrow guidebooks and binoculars at no charge. Driver’s license or ID is needed for borrowing.
  • Snowshoes – Pringle rents snowshoes when there is at least 4 inches of snow on the ground, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, noon to 3:00 pm, for use in the park. Get a great workout for a low cost -- rentals are just $5 per pair! (Please note: driver’s license or ID is needed for rental.) 

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.)

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Nature Story Time Hike

June 4, 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.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Dad & Me Father’s Day and Summer Solstice Celebration

June 19, 2016

Join us for night activities with your favorite dad in your life. We’ll also celebrate the beginning of summertime!

Pringle Nature Center Leave No Child Inside Event: NWF Great American Campout

June 25, 2016 into June 26, 2016

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.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Invasive Species Workday

May 28, 2016, June 25, 2016, July 23, 2016 and August 27, 2016

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.

Pringle Nature Center Event: International Mud Day Celebration

June 29, 2016

International Mud Day aims to connect children around the globe through the earth. Connect with others and play in the mud! Free; donations accepted.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Nature Story Time Hike

July 2, 2016

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.

Pringle Nature Center Leave No Child Inside Event: Frogs & Toads, Oh My!

July 9, 2016

Come to learn all about the world of frogs and toads.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Nature Story Time Hike

August 6, 2016

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.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing

August 12, 2016

Come watch the night sky for the Perseids. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, with 60 meteors per hour.

Pringle Nature Center Leave No Child Inside Event: Come & Explore!

August 27, 2016

Come and explore as summer draws to a close. Arrive and leave when you like. Free.