Sensory Friendly Information

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 of the ways that Como strives to provide a positive, welcoming experience for every visitor.

Visual Schedule and Sensory Map

Plan out your day before you head to Como!

Visual Schedule

Sensory Map

Social Narrative 

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.

2018 Dates

9-10 a.m.

Sun.      Jan. 14

Sun.      Feb. 11

Sun       March 11

Sun.      April 8

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

Contact Information

We know everyone’s experience is unique. For more information on these resources or on customizing your sensory-friendly experience, contact Jessie Loftus at