Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Launches Autism & Sensory Friendly Program AND Senior Strolls

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is presenting Autism & Sensory Friendly Early Entry Days. These free sensory-friendly opportunities allows individuals with autism and other sensory needs the ability to see and experience all the things the Como Zoo has to offer before the doors are open to the general public.
Como Zoo will open at 9:00 AM on certain dates (see below) for an inclusive experience for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Attendees can spend time exploring exhibits, and participate in activities designed specifically for them from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. This year’s dates are: Sun. May 13, Sun. June 10, Wed. June 13, Sun. July 8, Wed. July 11, Sun. July 22, Wed. July 25, Sun. Aug. 5, Wed. Aug. 8, Sun. Aug. 19, Wed. Aug 22, Sun. Sept. 9, Sun. Oct. 14, Sun. Nov. 11, Sun. Dec. 9.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory has on its website downloadable materials such as a “Visual Schedule” and a “Sensory Map” that will help plan the day before heading to Como Zoo. Working in collaboration with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), Como has also created a downloadable “Social Narrative” guide to help visitors reduce anxiety about new experiences by explaining what to expect step-by-step as they explore the zoo.
The Zoo has also introduced Senior Strolls, a new, free program for 55-and-older friends to experience Como Park Zoo & Conservatory before it opens to the public. Seniors Strolls take place 9:00 to 10:00 AM on the first Tuesday of each month. Special activity stations will be set up, as well as an opportunity for a leisurely stroll through the lush greenery and warm confines of the conservatory, or, in warmer months, a walk among the animals and world class exhibits on the. These active, social and education times in 2018 include May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, and so on into 2019.

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