Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is an energetic, colorful place full of sensory stimuli, and we know this environment can be overwhelming for some guests. These are some ways that Como strives to provide a positive, welcoming experience for every visitor.
Visual Schedule and Sensory Map
Created in collaboration with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), this guide helps visitors reduce their anxiety about new experiences by explaining what to expect step-by-step as they explore the Zoo and Conservatory.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Social Narrative
Autism Friendly Early Entry
Join us from 9-10 a.m. during the listed dates for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Use the “social narrative” and the “create your own visual schedule” to help prepare you for your Autism Friendly Early Entry day.
March 8 and 11
April 5 and 8
May 10 and 13
June 14 and 17
July 12 and 15
August 9 and 12
September 13 and 16
October 11 and 14
November 8 and 11
December 13 and 16
We know everyone’s experience is unique. For more information on these resources or on customizing your sensory-friendly experience, contact Jessie Loftus at firstname.lastname@example.org.