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Featured happenings at Belle Isle

  • 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.

  • Annual Koi Wrangling - Nov. 8th

    Join us to transfer the Koi fish from the lily pond to their winter home in the Aquarium Saturday, November 8th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Belle Isle Aquarium and Lily Pond. Free Hot Dogs and Refreshments to Participants. Please bring a NEW 5-gallon bucket or large Rubbermaid container. Attendees are encouraged to bring the following items as donations: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid Hand Soap, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles spray cleaner, Pinesol Liquid Cleanser, Lysol/Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Vinegar, Trash bags (13-gallon Tall Kitchen or 33-gallon (or larger) Heavy Duty), Rubber Gloves (Playtex types) – Medium and Large, Swiffer Duster Refills, Light bulbs, 25-ft Outdoor Extension Cord.

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  • 9.24.14

    Aquarium Skylight Project Donations

    Two skylights at the Belle Isle Aquarium have been reopened thanks to a generous donation from the Fenton family, in honor of Aaron Fenton. There is still more work to be done to open the remaining skylights to let more light back into the Aquarium, and you can contribute towards the project through donations. …more

  • 9.23.14

    Belle Isle Invasive Plants Educational Game Unveiled

    With funding from an EPA grant in the form of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a new game to see how many invasive plants you can identify on Belle Isle has been developed. The thrust of the EPA grant is educating the public about these invading plants, plus treatment and removal of these plants that endanger the ecosystems on Belle Isle. …more

  • 8.19.14

    The ITS World Congress is Coming to Belle Isle - Learn More

    The World Congress will be held in Detroit (and on Belle Isle) from September 7-11.…more

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Oct
25
Sat
2014
1:00 pm Youth Education Marine Biology @ Belle Isle Aquarium Classroom
Youth Education Marine Biology @ Belle Isle Aquarium Classroom
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Donnie from Lou’s Pet Shop will Present a Presentation on Marine Biology at 1:00pm in the Belle Isle Aquarium Classroom. Its Free! Come learn something new and [...]
Nov
8
Sat
2014
10:00 am Annual Koi Wrangling @ Belle Isle Aquarium
Annual Koi Wrangling @ Belle Isle Aquarium
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us to transfer the Koi fish from the lily pond to their winter home in the Aquarium. Free Hot Dogs and Refreshments to Participants [...]
Nov
15
Sat
2014
9:00 am Belle Isle Stewardship Day @ The Belle Isle Nature Zoo Auditorium
Belle Isle Stewardship Day @ The Belle Isle Nature Zoo Auditorium
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 [...]