Great American Backyard Campout to take place at Pringle

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June is Leave No Child Inside month, and the Chicago Wilderness alliance is celebrating by offering a series of free outdoor events for families. The Pringle Nature Center is a host site of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout from 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Pringle Nature Center is located at 9800 160th Avenue (Highway MB), Bristol.

The Great American Backyard Campout is designed for campers of all experience levels, but is an especially valuable primer for families with little or no experience sleeping under the stars. Guests will enjoy cooking meals and roasting s’mores over a campfire, calling owls, learning about nocturnal creatures and the sounds of nature at night.

“This is our fourth year participating in the campout and it’s always fun seeing the park come alive at night. We enjoy helping make memorable experiences for families who may not get a chance to go camping all that often,” said Valerie Mann, Pringle Nature Center naturalist.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of weather, guests will sleep inside the nature center.

Registration is required by calling 262-857-8008 to register. Space is limited. $10 per tent (families may bring more than one tent). Guests may provide their own food or purchase hotdogs for dinner and an oatmeal breakfast for $5 per person.

“Leave No Child Inside Month events are designed to bring families together around enriching experiences in nature and inspire the curiosity that leads to a life-long connection to the natural world,” said Melinda Pruett-Jones, Executive Director, Chicago Wilderness. Complete details on the month-long series of events can be found on the Chicago Wilderness website,

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. More than 250 public, private and corporate organizations work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. The four key initiatives of Chicago Wilderness—to restore the health of local nature, green infrastructure, combat climate change, and leave no child inside—reflect commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region’s residents.

Pringle Nature Center is located in within the 197 acres of Bristol Woods County Park. This park contains upland forest, wetlands, oak savanna remnants, prairie and lawn areas to explore. Within the woods are four miles of trails that are used for bird and wildlife observation, nature education walks, hiking and cross county skiing. The nature center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.


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