The "BINZ Brigade" is a growing group of dedicated individuals who have a particular connection to the island as well as the mission of “bringing the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit.” Monthly themed programs with a craft activity, snacks and guest speaker educate families and school children and many other special events are scheduled throughout the year. In addition, volunteers assist with the public feedings at the Deer Encounter and answer questions about the Michigan frogs, toads, turtles, bees and fish that can be seen inside the facility. Weekend shifts are available year-round; daily shifts occur mid-June through Labor Day.
There are 3 steps to becoming a volunteer at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ):
Attend BINZ Volunteer Orientation
Complete an Interview with Volunteer Services staff.
Shadow a current BINZ volunteer.
BINZ Volunteer Orientations are held at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo Auditorium. Please check here for opportunities
To be a great organization means that we are diverse and that we value diversity. The Detroit Zoological Society is not only dedicated to the natural world of biodiversity, but also to the diversity of our organization and community. Diversity is defined as all the ways that we are similar and different; the differences make us each unique, but it is in recognizing and valuing our differences that we learn to value each other.