FALCONERS is designed to allow children or adults of all ages with special needs and unique challenges (such as autism or developmental disabilities) and their whole family to have an enriching educational experience in a safe, welcoming and sensory friendly environment. There will be one sensory friendly event in Lansing, Michigan per month throughout 2021.

  • All monthly events are free
  • Inclusive for the entire family/support group
  • Each session includes hands-on stewardship activity
  • This program will be shared with other institutions in the community

Please note our FALCONERS events have been restructured because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Note: Upcoming programs are listed AFTER the resources.




Potter Park Zoo FALCONERS Facebook Group 

We have created a Facebook Group for FALCONERS families to connect and stay up to date with the program. We ask that you are a past participant or plan to be a future participant tp join the group. This is a private group – please send a request to join, answer the questions provided and we’ll approve your request as soon as possible! Click here to join! 


Potter Park Zoo Social Stories

Prepare for your next visit to the zoo by using our social stories. If you have any further questions please email falconers@ingham.org

Potter Park Zoo Social Story – Reopening 2020 


Potter Park Zoo Sensory Map

Prepare for your next visit to the zoo by downloading or printing our Sensory Map. The sensory map includes quiet areas, sensory bag checkout locations, and headphone zones. Sensory maps are also included in the sensory bags at the zoo (limited quantity).

Potter Park Zoo Sensory Map



Potter Park Zoo is Certified Sensory Inclusive, for more information click here




Scheduled Events

January 23, 2020 10 AM – 1 PM – Onsite

This program will be going on when the zoo is open to the public but we are not very busy in January.

The program will run from 10 AM – 1 PM and we will require registration like before. You will have a time slot you will have to choose to help us space everyone out. We will provide a warming station in the VEZU building so as you are at the tail end of your zoo walk you can warm up a bit and grab a warm drink! We will also have a craft for your family to go home with!

Registration (required): Click here

January 24, 2020 12 PM – 1 PM – VIRTUAL (not on zoo grounds)

If you do not like the cold or just prefer virtual activities… on Sunday Jan 24, 2021 from 12-1 PM I will be putting on a virtual FALCONERS. It will be an hour filled with Potter Park Zoo trivia and a time for us to all chat!
Please fill out this google forms (below) with your name and email. This is how you register for the virtual event. Once you fill out the form, I will send out a link to the zoom. I will send a reminder link the day before. One registration per family please!
Registration (required to receive zoom link): Click here