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Participants in the week-long Summer Nature Camp at the Belle Isle Nature Center will examine the natural wonders and rich history of Belle Isle. Campers will investigate the plants and wildlife on the island and discover how they can care for the places in which they live.

Registration information: 

Summer Nature Camp at the Belle Isle Nature Center runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the days indicated. Camp is held at the Belle Isle Nature Center, located at 176 Lakeside Drive in Detroit. Each camper is eligible for one week of camp.

There is no cost to participate in Summer Nature Camp. Registration begins at noon Monday, May 1 and will be linked on this page. If a camp fills, there is a waiting list to sign up for any spots that may become available.

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Summer Nature Camp registration is currently full. Please sign up for the waiting list here:



Grasshopper Camp (children 5 to 6 years of age)

Grasshopper Camp will encourage children to explore nature using their senses. They will investigate, observe and engage with the world around them and have fun with new friends in nature. Campers will become more comfortable outdoors as they build their knowledge of the natural world.

Monarch Camp (children 7 to 9 years of age)

Children who attend Monarch Camp will extend their knowledge of Belle Isle by venturing further into the wild. Monarch campers will discover new friends and wild wonders as they explore the animals and attractions of the island. Campers will be challenged to apply their new knowledge and experiences by sharing what they’ve learned about the island.

Dragonfly Camp (children 10 to 12 years of age)

Dragonfly Camp will allow children ages 10 to 12 to build on their knowledge of the island as they consider their place in the natural world. As students make new friends and experiment with new forms of expression, they will learn about the conservation challenges plants and animals on Belle Isle face. Campers will investigate how they can become wildlife stewards by working collaboratively to share a project about their experiences.