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.)
The Pringle Nature Center is partnering with Sankulpa Yoga to offer Yoga in the Park in a natural setting year round for classes both indoors and outdoors.
What do mammals have in common? The book Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller will be read. After the story, the group will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. Free.
Celebrate Easter a little differently this year! Make a parachute, dye eggs with natural dyes, and roll them down our hill. Come and leave when you like. $8 general public; registration deadline is April 14.
Come out to Pringle Nature Center to see what is trying to bloom and crawling around! Different activities each day. Come and leave when you like. Free.
For those that have just started or want more practice. There will be a short informational session before heading out to search for the caches. $5 general public.
The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds. The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller will be read. After the story, the group will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. Free.
Have plants you must prune or cull? How about trading your excess with others? Take home new plants for your yard and have an instant new garden. Free.
Bring out the mom in your life to celebrate her day. A light brunch will be served. Guided hikes will be on the hour.
Come learn about the wonderful world of bats – how they use echolocation and how bats eat insects and not people! For ages 4 and up. $6 general public; registration deadline is May 19.
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.