The Birds and the Bees

Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let’s show some love for our winged friends that are so important to the environment. Join us for this free, family-friendly Valentine’s event featuring music, photography, crafts, zookeeper talks at the bee hive and bird observation window and other fun educational activities.



Saturday April 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This annual event celebrates all things mudpuppy – also known as “slime dog” and “snot otter” – a permanently aquatic salamander that inhabits the Detroit River. Mudpuppypalooza features fun and educational activities such as mask-making, games and mudpuppy cookie decorating. The free event also includes zookeeper talks and the opportunity to view mudpuppies up close while learning about the species and conservation efforts on its behalf.


Green Day

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In observance of the global holiday celebrating life on our planet, this free Earth Day celebration includes earth-friendly crafts, games, storytelling, zookeeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.


Bee Fest

Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Belle Isle Nature Center buzzes with excitement the third Saturday of August with a free event in celebration of National Honey Bee Day. Bee Fest focuses on the critical role of bees in our ecosystem and features bee keeper talks, music, crafts, demonstrations on how to plant and maintain a bee-friendly garden, and a bee costume parade for children.


Boo at the Nature Center

Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get into the Halloween spirit and join us for a free, fun and safe way to go trick-or-treating in a unique and beautiful setting. This free annual event invites children to wear costumes and bring treat bags – Halloween goodies are provided to all who attend!

Join the Detroit Zoological Society on our Green Journey by bringing your own treat bags; bags will not be handed out at the event.