Belle Isle Nature Zoo

Offering family nature programs on the weekend and nature-based (Michigan flora and fauna) education programs to schools and community groups during the week.

Community Groups and School Groups are encouraged to schedule weekday field trips to the Belle Isle Nature Zoo by contacting our staff at (313) 852-4056, ext. 3023 or BINZ@detroitzoo.org.

Visit the Deer Encounter
Fifteen fallow deer that once roamed the island now enjoy a one-acre enclosure and barn at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The exhibit is part of a multi-phase project to convert the former nature center on Belle Isle into a Nature Zoo focusing on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna.


"Bringing the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit"

As we reflect on our many experiences since the BINZ opened, we are very appreciative to the many guests who have visited and the many partners who assisted us in developing this new facility.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan provided funding through its Great Outdoors program to launch initiatives aimed at connecting families to their natural environment while enjoying other benefits including exercise and healthier lifestyles. The Junior League of Detroit has been providing wonderful family programming with a variety of activities including special guest speakers and creative craft activities.

A variety of programs are offered to the general public during our regular hours and on weekends. We invite school and community groups to contact our staff to discover special programs available by reservation.

Thanks to The Junior League of Detroit, BINZ visitors are able to get an insider’s view of an actual beehive and nose-to-nose with Michigan’s favorite reptile—the turtle—at two of our newest exhibits.

Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to enter Belle Isle.

For more information contact BINZ staff by calling (313) 852-4056 ext. 3023 or by email: BINZ@detroitzoo.org.


Belle Isle Nature Zoo,1928 East Lakeside Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48207, 248.541.5717
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