Summer Nature Camp
at the Belle Isle Nature Center

Students in our week-long Belle Isle Nature Center 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.

A collage of photos featuring kids enjoying camp activities, holding a caterpillar, looking at birds, and playing with flowers

2019 Belle Isle Summer Nature Camp

Information about summer camp for Summer 2019 will be posted by March 1, 2019. Please check back then. Thank you for your interest.

As Summer Nature Camp is a free camp, priority registration is given to those campers with demonstrated need and previous campers.


A group of children on Belle Isle on a path looking at birds through binoculars

Grasshopper Camp (children 5 to 7 years of age)

Campers in our Grasshopper Camp will 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.

Campers in our Grasshopper Camp will 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.


A group photo of kids on Belle Isle next to the Detroit River

Monarch Camp (children 8 or 9 years of age)

Campers in the 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.

Campers in the 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.


A group photo of kids on Belle Isle in the woods

Dragonfly Camp (children 10 to 12 years of age)

Students in our 10-to-12-year-old Dragonfly Camp will 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 current conservation challenges of the plants and animals on Belle Isle. Campers will investigate how they can become stewards of the local plants and animals by working collaboratively to share a project about their experiences.

Students in our 10-to-12-year-old Dragonfly Camp will 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 current conservation challenges of the plants and animals on Belle Isle. Campers will investigate how they can become stewards of the local plants and animals by working collaboratively to share a project about their experiences.