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 2020.

  • 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.




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 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 – Reopening 2020 



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




Scheduled Events

FALCONERS Virtual MSU Museum Collaboration – Nov. 19, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This virtual event will be held on zoom. We will not be having an onsite event. This event is in partnership with the MSU Museum and the Science on a Sphere program. Animals are constantly on the move – but why do they move so much? Explore the world of animal migrations, and see real specimens in a program featuring some of your favorite furry friends from Potter Park Zoo! 

Registration is REQUIRED: Click here

FALCONERS Wonderland of Lights – Dec. 8, 2020 Time TBD

More information and registration to come. Please check back in November!