“Zoo in Your Neighborhood” Continues to Provide Free Programs to Community

As the Zoo in Your Neighborhood program at Potter Park Zoo closes in on a second year it has provided free programming to communities with record attendance across Michigan. The program features live ambassador animals in community locations that families can see up close in their own neighborhood.

“This program continues to thrive, and it is great to see so many families enjoying it. The programs give families the chance to learn about many different animals and how they are each important in the world. We love connecting with members of the community and collaborating with great community partners,” said Zoo in Your Neighborhood Coordinator Mariah Martinez.

As the program grows, attendance numbers continue to increase at many locations. This year the East Lansing Public Library had record attendance of all the programs with 172 people learning about animals and the environment.

The next program is May 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Capital Area District Library in Stockbridge. There will be a one-hour presentation with the zoo’s ambassador animals.

There are many free programs to come in May and June. Families can look at the schedule on the ZIYN page and learn about zoo passes as well.

Zoo passes are free to check out from any of the zoo’s partner locations listed on the website. Each zoo pass allows a family household to enter the zoo for free. This includes parking and admission.

Zoo passes are checked out like books and are to be returned within two weeks of checking out the pass allowing another family to use it. It is always encouraged to call ahead to see if they are available.

Many community partners have zoo passes available for families to check out. When the library branches have a large waitlist for the passes, remember to check the Lansing Neighborhood Community Centers for zoo passes. Local YMCA’s like Downtown Lansing and Parkwood have them available also.

Potter Park Zoo strives to teach all members of the community to inspire conservation of animals and the natural world. For more information visit