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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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  • 10.24.14

    Call for Education Volunteers

    We are looking for dedicated education volunteers to assist in our newly created 4th grade field trip to the Aquarium and Conservatory. Help us lead students in a hands on exploration of the two institutions, utilizing the unique displays and interactive activities. You can choose to assist at either the Conservatory, the Aquarium or BOTH. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Amy Emmert at …more

  • 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

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10:00 am Aqua Boo @ Belle Isle Aquarium
Aqua Boo @ Belle Isle Aquarium
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Want to wear your costume and get some treats? Don’t just hang around the house, come to the Belle Isle Aquariums Aqua-Boo, Sat and Sun [...]
10:00 am Boo at the Nature Zoo @ Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Boo at the Nature Zoo @ Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo will host its sixth annual “Boo at the Nature Zoo” Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 10 a.m. [...]
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 [...]