Summer Nature Camp
at the Belle Isle Nature Center

 

Registration information

The Detroit Zoological Society staff is taking precautions in order to maintain the health of our visitors, staff and all of the animals who live at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. As we continue to take precautionary measures, the Belle Isle Nature Center is closed to the public until further notice.

NOTE: In an effort to reduce possible risks to children in our community and because we cannot afford to properly staff due to millions in lost revenue, the Detroit Zoological Society has had to cancel this year’s in-person Summer Nature Camps. The DZS education department will continue to provide enriching virtual content to help children continue to learn and grow this summer. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming kids back to camp soon!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns, and we wish you all the best throughout these unusual circumstances.


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


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.