Public Cleanups on Belle Isle 

We are in critical need of volunteers who can either bring their own kayak and help us remove trash that has made its way into the various lakes and lagoons on Belle Isle - or - bring their own bucket to remove landlocked litter throughout the park, preventing it from making its way into our watershed.


These are family-friendly events, welcoming volunteers of all ages! No RSVP needed. Please dress for the weather predicted that day and bring your own work gloves and reusable water bottle. 

Through our anti-litter campaign, Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, our goal is to make a great impact at both the local level, by reducing litter on Belle Isle, as well as the regional level, by being an active contributor to the umbrella, global campaign to keep our waters free of plastic pollution.


Bring the whole family to keep Belle Isle Beautiful on the third Saturday of each month, May - September. 

Cleanups take place from 9:30am - 12pm.

  • April 25th* Great Global Cleanup - Detroit River | In-person event postponed to 2021. In honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, join the virtual, global call-to-action and pledge to replace one single-use item that you frequently use with its reusable alternative. Visit to take the pledge. 

  • May 16th - CANCELED

  • June 20* Summer Solstice Cleanup

    • Meet in front of the Belle Isle Aquarium at 9:30AM​.

  • July 18

  • August 15

  • Sept 19* International Coastal Cleanup Day


Bring the whole family to keep Belle Isle Beautiful on the second Friday of each month, July - September. 

Locations will vary throughout the season. These cleanups are on land only

  • Friday, July 10th

  • Friday, August 14th

  • Friday, Sept 11th

Helpful Tips: Interested volunteers should dress for the weather predictions that day, wear shoes that can get wet (water shoes or flip flops) and bring water to stay hydrated.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: The cleanup will take place primarily on land. Individuals who can bring their own kayaks are encouraged to do so. Please email if you have a kayak or another water vessel that you can bring to the cleanup.

Bags and gloves will be provided. Come alone, bring your family, or plan to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Our cleanup will follow all CDC recommendations that allow us all to remain safe.

Other recommendations: Please bring your reusable water bottle and stay hydrated. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Due to the nature of being outdoors, consider bringing your sunblock and bug spray.

Belle Isle Conservancy | 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.331.7760 |

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