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Spring Forward Into Amphibian Fun and Learning at the Belle Isle Nature Center

Toadally awesome amphibian awareness event to be held March 10

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) invites visitors to spring forward into Daylight Saving Time at the Belle Isle Nature Center while learning about amphibians at its Spring Forward celebration. The free event takes place on Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Spring Forward offers the opportunity to hear from DZS life sciences staff who care for the amphibians at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center and learn about amphibian conservation. The event also includes frog mask making, leapfrog games and storytelling, among other activities.

“Our goal is to increase knowledge about amphibians in ways that are engaging and fun,” said Amy Greene, nature centers director for the DZS. “We want to help people connect with what’s happening to amphibians in nature, including in their own backyards, and understand how we can all make daily choices that will help amphibians and the environment we share.”

Nearly half of the world’s known 7,878 amphibian species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, infectious diseases and other factors. The DZS has a long history of leading and supporting amphibian conservation programs around the world as well as in Michigan.

Operated by the Detroit Zoological Society, the Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle in Detroit.  The facility features indoor animal habitats, a bee exhibit, bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms, nature play area and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature trail.

Located at the east end of Belle Isle near the Blue Heron Lagoon, the Belle Isle Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March.  Admission to the Nature Center is free; a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park.  For information, visit

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