Belle Isle Nature Center — Volunteer Opportunities

The Belle Isle Nature Center Assistants are a group of dedicated individuals who have a particular connection to Belle Isle as well as to the mission of “bringing the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit” at the Belle Isle Nature Center. Volunteers assist the staff with projects, greet visitors or field trip groups and help with public feedings at the Deer Encounter. There are monthly opportunities to support nature programs with craft activities for young children, or seasonal opportunities to share gardening skills around the Belle Isle Nature Center grounds. Belle Isle Nature Center Assistant volunteers also answer questions about the frogs, salamanders, turtles, bees and fish that live in the facility. See Application Packet for full description (PDF).

  • Time commitment: 20 hours per calendar year
  • Training: individual orientation and job shadowing; $16 uniform
  • Scheduling: Flexible, 3-4 hour shifts
  • Availability: Year-round; weekend shifts are available year-round, daily shifts occur mid-June through Labor Day.

There are three steps to becoming a volunteer at the Belle Isle Nature Center.

  1. Complete a Volunteer Profile Sheet.
  2. Attend Orientation.
  3. Attend a Belle Isle Nature Center orientation/training.