Pringle Nature Center

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exterior of nature center building, Pringle Nature Center, Bristol Woods Park

Take Hwy. C west to Hwy. MB, south to entrance. Located in a Kenosha County park - Bristol Woods. Various ongoing nature programs, exhibits, books and interactive learning stations are offered. 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.

Building open Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and during special events.

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.

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.)


Kenosha's Outdoor Winter Fun

The winter weather doesn't stop the fun in the Kenosha Area. Enjoy cross country skiing, snow boarding, and snow tubing at area parks and resorts!

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