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

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
  • 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

Priority registration opens April 1, 2017; any remaining spots are open to all April 21, 2017.

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; fill out this form.

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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.

  • Directions to the Belle Isle Nature Center from mainland

    Traveling East on I-94

    Coming from: Kalamazoo, Metro Airport, Ann Arbor

    Directions: Follow I-94 E to I-75 S towards downtown. Merge onto I-375 S, exit 51C towards Civic Center. Take the exit towards East Jefferson Ave. Stay straight to go onto Chrysler Drive. Turn slight left on to East Jefferson Ave. Turn right on East Grand Boulevard to cross MacArthur Bridge.

    Traveling West on I-94

    Coming from: Port Huron, New Baltimore, Mt. Clemens

    Directions: Follow I-94 W to Gratiot Ave/MI-3, exit 219. Turn right on Gratiot Ave. Take a left onto East Grand Boulevard. Continue straight onto MacArthur Bridge.

    Traveling East on I-96

    Coming from: Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon

    Directions: Follow I-96 E to I-696 E towards Port Huron. Take I-75 S towards Detroit to I-375 S, exit 51C towards Civic Center. Take the exit towards East Jefferson Ave. Stay straight to go onto Chrysler Drive. Turn slight left on to East Jefferson Ave. Turn right on East Grand Boulevard to cross MacArthur Bridge.

    Traveling North on I-75

    Coming from: Trenton, Lincoln Park, Toledo (Ohio), Monroe

    Directions: Follow I-75 N to I-375 S towards Downtown. Take the exit towards East Jefferson Ave. Stay straight to go onto Chrysler Drive. Turn slight left on to East Jefferson Ave. Turn right on East Grand Boulevard to cross MacArthur Bridge.

    Traveling South on I-75

    Coming from: Sterling Heights, Bay City, Flint

    Directions: Follow I-75 S to I-375 S, exit 51C towards Civic Center. Take the exit towards East Jefferson Ave. Stay straight to go onto Chrysler Drive. Turn slight left on to East Jefferson Ave. Turn right on East Grand Boulevard to cross MacArthur Bridge.