FIELD TRIPS AND TOURS

The Belle Isle Conservancy Education Department's purpose is to inspire our visitors to feel connected with and care about the environments around them and throughout the world. 

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Take a virtual field trip at the Belle Isle Aquarium!

Join our Education Team as they guide you through a field trip at the Belle Isle Aquarium. You will discover the food chains that lie in our tanks and the role of decomposers in the Belle Isle ecosystem. Make sure you download the worksheet so you can follow along!

Part 1                                                           Part 2

The Belle Isle Conservancy proudly offers school groups, scouts, and organizations guided tours of the Belle Isle Aquarium. There are specific and limited offerings for our docent-led program, as well as self-guided experiences. 

 

Groups are always welcome on days when each facility is open to the public, but we reserve the right to limit entry for walk-in large groups based on capacity and reservations. 

Before requesting a date and time, please read through our menu of options, as well as our program guidelines. 

Please Note: 

**A request does not guarantee a reserved spot until you have received a confirmation for your visit.**

Friendly Reminder: To reserve your scheduled tour, there is a deposit (50% of total) due within 72 hours of confirmation (amount is located on your confirmation page). In order to remain scheduled, you must pay a deposit fee. Note: you can pay by credit card over the phone at: 313-334-7051. Or by check via mail. Final payment is due before or upon arrival. 

 

Prepare For Your Visit!

Click HERE for guidelines for planning your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions!

Click HERE to review some frequently asked questions before you request a tour.

School Groups

Teachers may select from docent-led tours or choose to do the self-guided experience for the Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA). Listed below are the Michigan Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas that will be covered in each grade level docent-lead tour.

3rd Grade

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits

4th Grade

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

5th grade

Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM

 

Docent-Led Tours

Docent-led, curriculum-based tours are designed for grades 3-5

and focus on basic requirements for life, adaptations, food webs,

fossils and invasive species.

Tours last approximately 55 minutes. 

 

Days: Mondays (By Reservation Only) 

Times: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Group Size: Minimum 15, maximum 40

Cost: $3 per person (Title 1 Schools exempt)

Self-Guided Experience

Self-guided visits offer the opportunity for teachers to engage

with their students in the Aquarium environment. Teachers may

prepare and lead their students based upon specific classroom

needs.

 

Days: Mondays (By Reservation Only)

Times: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Group Size: Minimum 20, Maximum 50

Cost: $1 per person (Title 1 Schools exempt)

Downloadable materials are available for grades 1-5.

• Grades 2-4 Aquarium "Who am I?"                DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 3-5 Fish Adaptation Guide                 DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 5-6 Ways to Survive and Thrive          DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 6-8 Selfie Challenge                            DOWNLOAD HERE

ANNA SCRIPPS WHITCOMB CONSERVATORY

Docent-Led Tours

Docent-led, curriculum-based tours are designed for grades 3-5 and focus on basic requirements for life, adaptations, plant structure and function, and photosynthesis. Tours last approximately 55 minutes.

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays (Sept - May) (By Reservation Only)

Times: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Group Size: Minimum 15, maximum 40

Cost: $3 per person (Title 1 Schools exempt)

Self-Guided Experience

Self-guided visits offer the opportunity for teachers to engage with their students in the Conservatory environment. Teachers may prepare and lead their students based upon specific classroom needs.

 

Days: Tuesdays (Sept - May) (By Reservation Only)

Times: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Group Size: Minimum 20, Maximum 50

Cost: $1 per person (Title 1 Schools exempt)

Downloadable materials are available for grades preschool thru 5.

• Preschool - Grade 1 "Can You Find"                               DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 1-2 "Seek and Find"                                             DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 3-4 Conservatory Field Guide                              DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 3-4 "Leaf Seek and Find                                       DOWNLOAD HERE

• Grades 5-8 "Tasty Finds - Can You Find the Plants"       DOWNLOAD HERE

Scout Troops

Docent-Led Tour

Scout groups may schedule a visit to the Belle Isle Aquarium. Additional information will be needed to potentially adapt program to badge specifications.

 

Day: 1st Saturday of each Month (By Reservation Only)

Time: 9:30 AM

Group Size: Maximum 30 (including group leaders)

Cost: Flat Fee of $50

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A TOUR FOR YOUR TROOP
Summer Camps

The aquarium is the perfect destination for summer camps with children entering grades 1st through 8th.
Self-guided experiences only.

 

Day: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (By Reservation Only)

Time: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Group Size: No Minimum, Maximum 40

Cost: $40 flat fee; no title one exemptions

Adult Groups & University Students
Adult Groups & University Students

Adult and University Student groups may select a docent-led tour or self-guided visit for either the Belle Isle Aquarium or Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.  

 

          BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM                                      ANNA SCRIPPS WHITCOMB CONSERVATORY

Docent-Led Tours:                                                                   Docent-Led Tours:

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday                                   Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Sept - May)

Times: 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM                                                   Times: 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Group Size: Minimum 15, Maximum 30                                 Group Size: Minimum 15, Maximum 30

Cost: $5 per person                                                                 Cost: $5 per person

Self-Guided Experience:                                                         Self-Guided Experience:

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday                                   Days: Tuesday (Sept - May)

Times: 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM                                                   Times: 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Group Size: Minimum 20, Maximum 50                                 Group Size:  Minimum 20, Maximum 50

Cost: $3 per person                                                                  Cost: $3 per person