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  • Recreation Passport Information

    Visitors will need a Recreation Passport to access Belle Isle Park by vehicle beginning in 2014. Throughout Belle Isle's first year of the Recreation Passport requirement, a vehicle can access the island without a Recreation Passport until the owner's next vehicle registration renewal date. All vehicles entering the park must have a Recreation Passport by February 2015. Recreation Passports can be purchased for $11 at any Secretary of State office, or when renewing vehicle registration by mail. They can also be purchased at state parks or recreation areas, including the temporary mobile contact station marked with the MDNR logo at Belle Isle Park, located just past the MacArthur Bridge.

  • Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane Design Competition Winner

    BelleIsleAquariumWeathervane3_Page3Congratulations to Bruce Gerlach, who submitted the winning design for the Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane Design Competition, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm.  Bruce's design features a gar fish; the Belle Isle Aquarium is the only aquarium that houses all seven gar species. Look for the design to adorn the aquarium early next year.

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  • 12.17.14

    FAQs for RFPs

    Frequently asked questions and answers about the recently released RFPs for BIC's planning efforts can be found here:…more

  • 12.11.14

    Call for Consultants - RFPs for Strategic Planning and Campus Planning

    The Belle Isle Conservancy is seeking consultants for two separate efforts - a Strategic Plan for the Organization and a Cultural Campus Plan with a focus on the Aquarium and Conservatory. Responses are due to the Belle Isle Conservancy by 5:00 pm on December 23rd, 2014.…more

  • 12.5.14

    Light Up the Aquarium

    Tickets will be available at the door for $65 each for Light Up the Aquarium. Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted. The event goes from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the Belle Isle Aquarium. Guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d'ouevres, and a jazz trio. The silent auction offers over 130 items - which make great holiday gifts. …more

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2:00 pm New Year’s Day Champagne Toast ... @ Detroi tBoat Club
New Year’s Day Champagne Toast ... @ Detroi tBoat Club
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join us Thursday, January 1, 2015  The Detroit Boat Club Crew continues to row and train year round from this grand old 1902 Boathouse on Belle Isle.  As we enter our 176th year, come…more
10:00 am Nature Tots @ Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Nature Tots @ Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 years and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together! Programs will be held on the…more
4:00 am Belle Isle Stewardship Day @ The Belle Isle Nature Zoo Auditorium
Belle Isle Stewardship Day @ The Belle Isle Nature Zoo Auditorium
Jan 17 @ 4:00 am – 7:00 am
The Environmental and Conservation section of the Island Stewardship Committee headed by Mebby Pearson offer Stewardship Saturdays where volunteers can help remove invasive plant species from the island. The purpose of this task is the…more