Families of Autistic Learners CONnecting Empathy, Responsibility and Stewardship 

Potter Park Zoo is pleased to announce that our program for autistic learners and their families has been expanded to include children with other special needs. FALCONERS is designed to allow not just autistic or other special needs learners, but their whole family to have an enriching educational experience in a safe and welcoming environment. There will be one event per month throughout 2017.  

  • Inclusive for the entire family/support group!
  • Up close experiences with ambassador animals!
  • Each session includes hands-on stewardship activity
  • Safe, welcoming environment
  • This program will be shared with other institutions in the community! 

For the events through August, activities will take place outside in the zoo. in the event of inclement weather, as many activities as possible will be moved inside.  The zoo will open 1 hour early at 8:00 AM just for FALCONERS families. Activities will run until 11:00 AM, and families may engage in as many ar as few as they wish, at their own pace! 


June's event theme will be "Nature Play"!  Activity stations will be set-up throughout the zoo that participants can visit at their own pace. We will have fun playing and learning in Nature!  From games, to animal pose yoga, to a Nature Play stewardship project, it is going to be a great day!

To register for the Saturday August 26 event*, please click here.

*Beginning February 2017, there will be a $10 registration fee per family per event.  The fee will be refunded upon check-in on the day of the event.  Registration fees for those who do not attend will not be refunded and will be considered donations to the FALCONERS program.


FALCONERS is sponsored by a generous grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation

Potter Park Zoo's staff and public safety officers would like to thank the Autism Alliance of Michigan for the training they received to assist in preparing for working with autistic learners.