Families of Alternative 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 autistic or other special needs learners and their whole family to have an enriching educational experience in a safe and welcoming environment. There will be one event per month throughout 2018.

  • 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!


Scheduled Events

FALCONERS “Keeping Animals SAFE”

Saturday March 24: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction is an effort among zoos, aquariums, researchers and conservationists to save endangered species all over the world!  Discover how Potter Park Zoo participates in this program, learn how the zoo staff takes care of our animals, and have fun with hands on activities throughout the zoo.

Please pre-register to get free admission to the zoo and access to the activities.  Please note that the concession stands and gift shop will be closed. Light snacks (and coffee for parents!) will be provided.

To register for the Saturday March 24 event, please click here.


FALCONERS “Party for the Planet”

Saturday April 28: 8:00-11:00 AM

“Party for the Planet” is Potter Park Zoo’s official Earth Day celebration, and we’ll be focusing on how we all can help protect the earth and animals that live here.  Activity stations will be set-up throughout the zoo and participants can visit them at their own pace.  The zoo will open one hour early (at 8:00 AM) just for FALCONERS families.  Activities will continue until 11:00 AM, but families may stay and enjoy the zoo for as long as they wish.


To register for the Saturday April 28 event, please click here.