Belle Isle Nature Center

The Belle Isle Nature Center (BINC) is located on the beautiful Belle Isle State Park, which offers the perfect location for educational, environmental and natural experiences in the metro Detroit area. This also makes it possible for the BINC to provide excellent educational experiences for schools, families and community groups.

BINC Brigade

Volunteers play an integral role in the mission of “bringing the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit” at the BINC. Volunteers assist the staff with projects, greet visitors and assist with field trip groups. They also answer questions about the frogs, salamanders, turtles, bees and fish who live in the facility.

  • 2-hour online and self-paced training module required
  • Flexible, year-round shifts ranging from 2.5 – 3 hours each


Our application process is now closed. If you are interested in volunteering for our fall and winter special events – Run Wild, Zoo Boo or Spooky Spirits, please email Volunteer Orientation sessions will resume spring 2024.



  • How Does it work – Volunteer Opportunities

    Steps to become a volunteer:

    1.   Complete an on-line application
    2.   Receive and return a background check form
      please note: all adult volunteers are required to complete and pass a criminal background check
    3.   Receive an invitation to attend an on-line new volunteer orientation
    4.   Sign up and attend on-line orientation
    5.   Purchase required uniform t-shirt ($10.00)
    6.   Start volunteering!