Monthly Nature Programs

Back by popular demand–FREE Monthly Nature Programs with Detroit Audubon!

All programs will be held at Belle Isle Nature Center (176 Lakeside Dr. Detroit, MI 48207) on the first Thursday of every month. These events are free, appropriate for all ages, open to the public, and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Join us!

If you have any questions or are interested in speaking at a future Detroit Audubon Monthly Nature Program, please email blininger@detroitaudubon.org.


June Monthly Nature Program: Spring Exploration Walk
Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. (note earlier time!)
Belle Isle Nature Centerkids and families outside

June’s edition of our Monthly Nature Program is all about getting kids and families OUTSIDE and EXPLORING nature! Late spring is the perfect season to explore nature, so join us on an early-evening walk and learn how to explore and observe the natural world all around you. Ignite your children’s curiosity through guided exploration activities and a naturalist-led hike on Belle Isle. This program is perfect for grandparents and grandchildren, young families, or anyone looking to learn about HOW to observe the natural world!

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: Please click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


May Monthly Nature Program
Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM
Belle Isle Nature Center

Michigan businessman and philanthropist Jerry Jung will be joining us this month to discuss the reasons the ethanol mandate is so bad for biodiversity–especially insect-eating birds. His organization, ReThink Ethanol, seeks to inform the community about the dangers and realities of corn ethanol production. He will also share his perspectives on the political landscape surrounding legislative and administrative efforts to reign in excessive corn production. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation and discussion!

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: Please click HERE to reserve a seat at this event.


Thursday, February 1st, 2018 Film Screening of ‘From the Bottom Up: Climate Action in Detroit’ by Award-Winning Filmmaker and Detroit Audubon Board Member, Diane Cheklich

DIANE_CHEKLICH_250wThis film addresses climate change and environmental justice in Detroit and was directed by Detroit Audubon Board Member, Diane Cheklich. Diane is a Detroit-based film director and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow. In addition to film work that includes both features and shorts, Ms. Cheklich is a passionate environmentalist. She is on the board of Detroit Audubon and is chair of Detroit Audubon’s Conservation Committee. She is also involved in several solar energy projects in Detroit, and is co-chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Detroit City Council’s Green Task Force.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/grkBDbPseZsQ5Qao2 or please kindly email blininger@DetroitAudubon.org


Thursday, January 4th, 2018 Travis Kaye, Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship Recipient Life of a Teen Birder

Atlantic Puffin 600x475Our first speaker of the year will be Travis Kaye, a phenomenal birder and the recipient of our Young Birder Scholarship to Hog Island Audubon Teen Camp in Maine.

Come learn about his experiences on Hog Island and see the wonderful pictures of Atlantic Puffins he captured! Learn more about Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship and how to apply.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by theDetroit Zoo.

To RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/bXaHijdxad6Hzl742 or please kindly email jac@DetroitAudubon.org