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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

May 7, 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. 

Pringle Nature Center Event: Mother’s Day Ephemeral Brunch and Spring Wildflower Hike

May 8, 2016

Bring out the mom in your life to celebrate her day. A light brunch will be served. Guided hikes will be on the hour.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Plant Exchange

May 14, 2016

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.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Invasive Species Workday

May 28, 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: 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 Event: Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing

August 12, 2016

Come watch the night sky for the Perseids. We will have a short presentation before heading out to watch the show.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Fall Fun Fest and International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

September 17, 2016

Come celebrate fall at Pringle! There will be hayrides, kid’s crafts, food, green vendors and more!

Pringle Nature Center Event: Halloween Hike

October 22, 2016

Join us for a safe Halloween program as we talk about the animals that are associated with Halloween and attempt to call owls.

Pringle Nature Center Event: Pringle Prairie and Woods 5K Run/Hike

November 5, 2016

Hailed as some of the best trails in Kenosha County, this 5K goes through the rolling hills of the park.