Field Trips

Classroom-Based Programs

Nature Adventures 

Length: 45 minutes Audience: K – Grade 12 Offered: Year Round
Take a tour of the Belle Isle Nature Center! We feature Michigan animals, plants and much more. View native birds up close through our bird viewing window and feed fallow deer at the Deer Encounter.

Nature 101
Length: 45 minutes Audience: K – Grade 2 Offered: Year Round
Join us for an introduction to the basics of nature! We’ll cover the needs of plants, animals and the variety of habitats they call home.

All About Reptiles
Length: 45 minutes Audience: K – Grade 5 Offered: Year Round
Reptiles have amazing adaptations to survive in their unique and sometimes harsh environments. Students will learn about the different types of reptiles and their preferred habitats.

Web of Life
Length: 45 minutes Audience: Grades 3-5 Offered: Year Round
Everything in nature is somebody else’s dinner! Explore feeding relationships among organisms and discover what happens when those relationships are disrupted.

Communities
Length: 45 minutes Audience: Grades 6-8 Offered: Year Round
Everything in the natural world is connected. How individuals interact with each other as part of a community is an important part of the environment. We will also examine human impact on natural communities.


Seasonal Programs and Nature Hikes

Watershed Quality
Length 45 minutes Audience: Grades 6-12 Offered: Seasonally
Everyone lives in a watershed! This class will include a health assessment of a body of water by a variety of techniques, including chemical and physical sampling methods. This is a hands-on activity conducted as weather permits.

Invasive Species
Length: 90 minutes Audience: Grades 6-12 Offered: Seasonally
Invasive plant and animal species are changing our native landscape and greatly affecting the plants and animals in our Great Lakes region. We will learn about the ecological, environmental and economic impacts.

Nature Hikes
Take a hike! Explore the wilds of Detroit’s island gem, Belle Isle Nature Center educators will guide you around Belle Isle and explain the island’s ecology and its importance to the Great Lakes.

Backyard Trail Hike
Length: 45 minutes Audience: K – Grade 3 Offered: Seasonally
Our youngest nature enthusiasts will explore the natural areas immediately surrounding the Belle Isle Nature Center. They will get a chance to observe and encounter the wilds firsthand on this quarter-mile trek.

Wildwood Trail Hike
Length: 60 minutes Audience: Grades 4-12 Offered: Seasonally
Close to the Belle Isle Nature Center is a an old road that has been partially reclaimed as a nature trail. This 1-mile journey allows guests to see natural succession and explore the heart of the island.

Wetland Nature Hike
Length: 90 minutes Audience: Grades 6-12 Offered: Seasonally
Take an extended hike to learn about the importance of wetlands to the Great Lakes region. Students will learn about the different types of wetlands throughout Belle Isle and Michigan. This 2-mile hike will cover Blue Heron Lagoon, the Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, the Detroit River and much more.