November through April: 10 a.m. til 4 p.m.
April through November: 10 a.m. til 5 p.m.
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ) is located on Belle Isle Park, considered one of the jewels of Detroit. The BINZ is situated on 3 acres of protected forest and wetland, and features indoor animal exhibits, a bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms, a Deer Encounter and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature walk - a 1/8-mile interpreted trail - and is home to thousands of honey-producing bees.
Visitors are able to get an insider's view of an actual beehive and get an up-close view of Michigan wildlife. The bird observation window allows guests to watch native and migratory birds as they feed from natural and supplemental food sources. The Deer Encounter allows guests the opportunity to feed our fallow deer and learn about their history on Belle Isle.
The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) lives in marshy meadows, swamps and ponds in Michigan, Ohio and Southern Ontario, as well as along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. It is listed as threatened in Michigan due to habitat loss, as well as capture for the pet trade. The spotted turtle will grow to about 3.5-5 inches in length and live at least 25 years. They have dark shells with a sprinkling of yellow spots on the upper shell. The number of these spots varies, but generally increases with age. This coloring helps camouflage the turtle in its murky pond water habitat (bright spots on a dark shell look very similar to sunlight sparkling off flecks of dirt in a pond).
Nature Tots is a new program designed for children ages 2-4 years and their adult caregivers. The class is held in the morning on the third Friday of every month at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo and helps to introduce young children and their families to the wonders of nature. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!
The class is limited to 10 child/adult pairs and pre-registration is required.
For more information and to register, please call 313-852-4056 ext. 3025.