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 camp season is fast approaching!

Registration information

Belle Isle Summer Nature Camp has a priority registration process based on need. Registration preference is given to students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch
  • Youth who reside in a group or foster home
  • Former campers of Summer Nature Camp

Priority registration opens April 1, 2019; any remaining spots will open to all April 22, 2019.

Once registration is full, there is a waiting list available for any spots that become available during the summer due to cancellation.

To sign up for an email reminder before registration starts, please fill out the form below.


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

Grasshopper Camp (children 5 to 7 years of age)

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.

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 8-to-9-year-old 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 8-to-9-year-old 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)

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.

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.