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  • Rhythm and Blooms

    Music and flowers after-hours! Thursday evenings in May at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 6pm until 9pm — Tickets: $5 for General Public, FREE for Members.

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  • Summer Zoo Camp

    The adventure begins June 8 - Campers enjoy up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, zoo walks, games, crafts and more. Register today!

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  • Spreading Our Wings

    The landscape at Riverbanks is changing vastly as a result of a $36 million dollar expansion. Stay up-to-date on how your Zoo’s future is shaping up!

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Saturday, May 23

A facilitated, outdoor exploration with Riverbanks staff. Participating families will be loaned a backpack at the site of the Nature Adventure session and receive instructions on how to use the tools and resources contained inside. By using the field guides, magnifying glasses, collection jars and cameras in the backpacks, families can work together to discover new things and learn about our environment. Everyone will reconvene at a specified time to discuss their discoveries and what they learned. No one is an expert naturally; the joy comes in learning and discovering nature together in a safe environment.
Cost: $10 per family per session (plus the cost of admission to Riverbanks Zoo on Zoo days.)
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Thursday, May 28

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 30

Gardening and beekeeping naturally go together, and hobby beekeeping is increasing in popularity. During this basic overview of beekeeping, we will discuss the equipment needed, cost of keeping bees, basic care requirements, and preliminary information to help you decide if this is the hobby for you. With this general overview, participants can decide if it is worth the time and investment for a more intensive beginner beekeeping course.
Cost: $10 per person per class.

Monday, June 8

KinderCamp (HALF Day): Wild Seasons
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall, and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
Cost: $120 members / $190 general public

KinderCamp (FULL Day): Wild Seasons
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall, and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Zooper Heroes: Watery World
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and the animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs and lizards that can walk on water!
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wildlife is hiding all around us, yet the signs they leave behind are often overlooked. Become an expert at identifying tracks, scat and sounds and understanding animal behavior this summer.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

Wild Weeks—Z.S.I: Yuckology
@ 9:00am–3:00pm (ages 10–12)
Animals do some weird, creepy and completely yucky stuff. Owls regurgitate their food, vampire bats drink blood and koala mom’s feed their joeys poop! Spend the week with us investigating how being gross can be good for survival.
Cost: $185 members / $255 general public

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Rhythm and Blooms
Thursdays in May @ 6:00–9:00pm
500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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