Zoo in Your Neighborhood

Please Note: Although “Zoo in Your Neighborhood” programs have been canceled through May 2021, “Zoo in Your Neighborhood” passes can still be used now that the zoo is open to the public. 

Important: Our system does not let ZIYN pass users reserve an arrival time online. We ask those that have a ZIYN pass to just walk up to the admission gate. Thank you!

A limited number of zoo family passes will be provided to each community partner location. The passes can be “checked out” for a short time (one week) to visit the zoo with no admission or parking charge, then returned to the community partner location so another family can enjoy the zoo! Contact one of our community partners below to inquire about zoo pass availability. Not valid for education programs or adult only events.

Learn where to find a pass from the list of  Community Partners below.

Visit our ZIYN Pass FAQ for more info on visiting the zoo with a zoo pass during our reopening.


“Zoo in Your Neighborhood” is an ​award winning program designed to reach out to more members of our community –  funded by a generous grant from The Community Foundation, The Gannett Foundation and The Lansing Rotary Club. We visit over 30 community partner locations (libraries, community centers and more) every year in an effort to bring the zoo to you! These events are free to participants of all ages.
Each event features a live animal presentation or a “Reading with the Animals” program.  Live animal presentations are an up close and personal presentation with our ambassador animals and is a great opportunity to learn about our animals and their natural behaviors. 

At our “Reading with the Animals” program, the audience will hear animal stories and have a close up encounter with our animal ambassadors.

In 2019, “Zoo in Your Neighborhood” was nationally recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) by winning top honors for the Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award. Learn more about winning this prestigious award by reading our blog: https://potterparkzoo.org/potter-park-zoo-wins-national-diversity-award/
If you have any questions about Zoo in Your Neighborhood please contact the Community Engagement & Inclusion Specialist, Mariah Martinez, at 517-342-2751.



Scheduled Events

Below are the scheduled presentations near you. Check back often as we will continue to add to the list! There is no sign up or pre-registration to attend. We hope to see you there!

Zoo in Your Neighborhood programming is currently cancelled until further notice. Zoo passes are still available at our community partner locations! Thank you for your continued support of the program!