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April 2020

*Canceled* MSU Science Festival Event: Night at a Living Museum

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

*This event has been canceled*  An Evening of Awesome, Interactive Experiences at a Living Museum! Friday, April 17  - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Explore conservation and the natural world as a part of the MSU Science Festival Nights at the Museum series. Explore the zoo at twilight, when we are not normally open to the public! Visit select animal exhibits, chat with animal care staff, and discover the zoo in a whole new light.  Hands-on activities will allow guests to…

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Party for the Planet

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Party for the Planet April 26, 1:00-3:00 (included with regular admission price) In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the animals will be in action reacting to paper-mache creations designed by Haslett’s Murphy Elementary fifth graders.  Expect opportunities for natural behaviors like foraging and ripping. Animal enrichment provides our animals with species-specific opportunities that encourage mental and physical activity and natural behaviors. It is good for the animals, and it allows us to glimpse some very interesting things. Enrichment…

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May 2020

Mother’s Day at the Zoo – Mothers Get FREE Admission

May 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo! All moms will receive FREE admission to Potter Park Zoo on May 10! 🌺 Farmyard EdVentures, Wings Down under, Bungee Jump and Pony rides will tentatively open Mother’s Day 2020. We can’t wait to see you here at the zoo!

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*POSTPONED* Wine & Stein 2020

May 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

*Please check back soon. We will announce the new date for Wine & Stein at a later date.* We’re having our annual 21+ and over spring bash and you’re invited! Come stroll around the zoo after hours while enjoying three live musical acts, tasty alcoholic beverage samples, and hors d'oeuvres from Michigan breweries, wineries, and restaurants. This year we're revamping our Wine & Stein event with a new layout to bring our guests to all areas of the zoo. We're…

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Centennial Weekend: 100 Years of History

May 23 @ 9:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm

100 years of history! Join us for the debut weekend of our historical self-guided walking tour of the zoo that journeys through 100 years of Potter Park Zoo history. Over 20 new signs have been added to the zoo for our guests to get an in-depth glimpse of the years past.

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100 Year Centennial Celebration Party! featuring Zoo Vets

May 30 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

You’re invited – join us for the 100-year Centennial Celebration! Potter Park Zoo has been Lansing’s Capital City zoo for 100 years and we have a lot to celebrate. Join us for two days of fun!

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June 2020

Centennial Weekend: For the Birds!

June 6 @ 9:00 am - June 7 @ 5:00 pm

Join us Saturday for World Migratory Bird Day, which is celebrated in conjunction with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town.” Admission is free with a “Be A Tourist” passport available at the zoo and many other locations in the Lansing area! Join us Sunday for special bird zookeeper talks.

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World Migratory Bird Day & Be A Tourist in Your Own Town

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome spring!  World Migratory Bird Day celebrates the seasonal migration of millions of birds from their southern wintering grounds back to North America!  Fun, family-friendly interactive stations throughout the zoo will share the importance of migratory birds.  Activities provided by Potter Park Zoo and our partners including the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in conjunction with GLCVB’s “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town.” Parking is free and…

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Centennial Weekend: Nature Connection

June 13 @ 9:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm

Did you know the zoo has a new area entirely dedicated to connecting you with nature? Come see the new “Nature Play” area at Potter Park Zoo and connect with nature!

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Centennial Weekend: Exceptional Animal Care

June 20 @ 9:00 am - June 21 @ 5:00 pm

What is animal welfare? What do zoos do to make sure animals in their care have the best welfare possible? A lot has changed in 100 years, and we’re here to answer your questions!

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