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.

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Registration information

Priority registration for the Belle Isle Nature Zoo Summer Camp started is now live at the link below. Please sign up each child for only one week of camp. Campers who meet any of the below criteria qualify for priority registration:

  • Students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch
  • Students who live in a Skillman Good Neighborhood: Osborn, Central, Brightmoor, Cody-Rouge, Chadsey-Condon, and Vernor-Boynton. Click here for Skillman Good Neighborhood Map.
  • Youth who reside in a group or foster home.
  • Former campers of Summer Nature Camp

If you do not qualify for priority registration as described above, you may register starting April 21. If there are no spots remaining, we will open a waiting list to fill spots that open during the summer.

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Our innovative camp curriculum meets the social and developmental needs of campers while giving them enriching experiences in nature, art, literacy, and math.

Belle Isle Nature Center Summer Nature Camp is a day camp divided into two groups for students 5 to 7 years old and 8 to 12 years old.

As the Belle Isle Nature Center Summer Nature Camp is a free camp, priority registration is given to those campers with demonstrated need.

  • Grasshoppers (5-7 years old)

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    Campers in our 5-to-7-year-old Grasshoppers 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.

  • Dragonflies (8-12 years old)

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    Students in our 8-to-12-year-old Dragonflies 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 completing a service project that benefits one of our island species.

    As the Belle Isle Nature Center Summer Nature Camp is a free camp, priority registration is given to those campers with demonstrated need.