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 2023.

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


We are thrilled to announce the newest sponsor of our FALCONERS program, MiABLE, who is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence, and quality of life without jeopardizing their benefits.

We are extremely grateful for MiABLE‘s support and commitment to our program, and we are excited to partner with this important organization. With MiABLE‘s assistance, we can continue to provide the best possible sensory-friendly events for our FALCONERS community.

Thank you, MiABLE, for your generosity and dedication to our community. We are excited to have you on board and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Event: Friday, June 23

Register here


Please contact FALCONERS Coordinator, Mariah Martinez, if you are interested in joining our email list.

Email: falconers@ingham.org

Phone: 517-342-2751 (please leave a message)


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 if you are a past participant or plan to be a future participant please 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.

Social Story Potter Park Zoo 2023


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).

PPZ Sensory Map


Potter Park Zoo Virtual Tours – Able Eyes

Potter Park Zoo partnered with Able Eyes to provide virtual walk-thru tours of the inside of the zoo’s buildings. Virtual tours allow customers of all abilities an opportunity to explore beforehand to decrease anxiety, but more importantly is a tool used by persons with disabilities to explore accessibility beforehand, making new experiences more comfortable and easily navigated. You can find the virtual tours on our accessibility page here.



Woman wearing a sensory bag watching otters swimPotter Park Zoo is Certified Sensory Inclusive – KultureCity

To find out more about this partnership with KultureCity, click here.