Officials work to make Potter Park Zoo accessible

Every year, Potter Park Zoo hosts Boo at the Zoo throughout October. They also host the FALCONERS Boo at the Zoo, which happened to fall on Oct. 18 this year. 

The Potter Park Zoo’s FALCONERS program, or Families of Autistic Learners Connecting Empathy Responsibility and Stewardship, is designed for children and adults with special needs and unique challenges such as autism or developmental disabilities. The FALCONERS program allows individuals and their family members to experience the zoo in a safe, welcoming and sensory-friendly environment, according to the FALCONERS website. 

The zoo was named the first certified sensory-inclusive zoo in the state of Michigan in March of 2019, according to the Potter Park Zoo website. The website said the zoo aims to be “a place for all people to visit, no matter what physical, mental, or financial barrier they may face.”

“The connections we can help people have at the zoo — they can have fun and learn,” said Mariah Martinez, Potter Park Zoo community engagement director.