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Bee Fest Returns to the Belle Isle Nature Center

By The Detroit Zoo

Something is abuzz at the Belle Isle Nature Center.

Bee Fest, the Belle Isle Nature Center’s annual celebration of the pollinators who call southeast Michigan home, is returning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Hosted on National Bee Day, Bee Fest focuses on the important role bees play in the ecosystem and teaches guests how to care for these six-legged pollinators through fun activities and educational displays.

During this outdoor event, guests can expect:

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  • Beekeeper talks
  • Biodiversity presentations from Oakland University
  • Pollinator-friendly arts and crafts
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Honey tastings
  • Bee-friendly gardening tips
  • Local vendors
  • And much more!

Bee Fest is a celebration of the bees, everything they do for us and everything that we can do for them,” said Amy Greene, nature centers director for the Detroit Zoological Society. “It’s going to be a great day where everyone — no matter how much knowledge they are coming in with — can feel connected with nature and learn what they can do for the pollinators who surround us.”

Bee Fest is free and open to the public. No registration is required. To learn more, visit

The Belle Isle Nature Center is located at 176 Lakeside Dr., Detroit.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. One of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak hosts more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to more than 2,000 animals representing 232 species. The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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