Field Trips

All About Reptiles

K-Grade 2 • 45 minutes

Have you ever wondered what makes a reptile a reptile? Students will discover reptiles through hands-on activities and bio-facts. Students can then observe some native Michigan reptiles in their indoor habitats at the Belle Isle Nature Center.


Animal Homes

K-Grade 1 • 45 minutes

Have you ever wondered about the inside of an animal home? You might be surprised at how similar theirs are to your own. Students will explore, design and create their own animal homes using some of the same materials animals use.


Ecosystems and Ecotones

Grades 6-8 • 60 minutes

Find out what it’s like to explore the natural areas of Belle Isle. Based on observations and measurements, students will determine the transitional zone between two ecosystems. This field trip is a hands-on scientific experience.


Insect Encounter and Camouflage

Grades 2-3 • 75 minutes

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an entomologist and study insects for a living? Come and discover the wonderful world of insect behaviors and camouflage. Based on their own observations, students will have an opportunity to create their own camouflaged insects.


Nature Adventures

K-Grade 5 • 45 minutes

Take a tour of the Belle Isle Nature Center and observe some of Michigan’s most amazing animals. Students will experience the wonders of an indoor beehive and view native birds up close at our bird observation station.


Nature Hike

All ages • 45 minutes

Get ready for adventure as students explore the natural world close to the Belle Isle Nature Center. This is a great introductory hike for your students to become familiar with some common – yet interesting – plants and animals. There are endless possibilities to what they might discover!


Water Quality

Grades 3-8 • 45-75 minutes

Students will venture outside to a natural lagoon in search of aquatic insects. We will identify the organisms and then draw conclusions about the health of the water based on our findings. Offered between May and September.


Wildwood Trail Hike

Grades 4-8 • 45 minutes

Close to the Belle Isle Nature Center is an old road that has been partially reclaimed as a nature trail. This one-mile journey allows guests to see natural succession and explore the heart of the island.


Family Programs

Hike it Baby

All ages

Our group meets at the Belle Isle Nature Center at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month and we drive or walk to our hiking location. These hikes are designed for getting families together and out into nature with birth to school age kids.


Summer Nature Camp (Grasshopper)

5-7 years old

Students in our week-long Belle Isle Summer Nature Camp 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. Priority for registration is based on need.


Summer Nature Camp

8-12 years old

Students in our week-long Belle Isle Summer Nature Camp 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. Priority for registration is based on need.


Nature Tots

2-4 years old

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together! Programs will be held on the third Friday and Saturday of each month at the Belle Isle Nature Center.