Welcome to part 2 of my blog series on places in Michigan that support natural learning. Today, I’m talking Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.
Is your little an animal lover? Zoos are a good resource to learn about animals. Potter Park Zoo in Lansing is one of our favorite places to visit. We made several trips this year.
The zoo is open year around, so you can experience it any time of the year. The animals are well taken care of and the staff is very friendly. It’s a smaller zoo compared to others in Michigan which makes it perfect for even the littlest animal lover.
Potter Park offers lots of fun events through out the year. This year we attended the Boo at the Zoo and the kiddos had a blast. We explored the zoo in our costumes, trick or treated at booths from local area businesses and non-profits, and even took a hayride around the zoo. They also had other fun Halloween themed activities, but we chose to just do the hayride.
What does the zoo teach us?
Not only can the kiddos learn about animals, but they can also learn many other things. They learn that we need to take responsibility for protecting those without voices. They learn about how crucial it is for us to make good choices when it comes to making eco-friendly choices. The zoo also raises new questions that can be researched and answered at home.
There usually is an entrance fee for visiting zoos, but many also have memberships just like the children’s museum I mentioned in part 1. The memberships not only saves you money if you plan on visiting multiple times, memberships sometimes also allow you free or discounted fees on other zoos in the network. This includes nationwide access.
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.