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  • Spreading Our Wings

    Over the next 2 years, the landscape at Riverbanks will vastly change 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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  • Group Overnights at the Zoo

    Spend a wild night at Riverbanks with animal encounters, tours, games and activities. Wake up the next day to a light breakfast and then explore the Zoo. Plus, try our new dinner option!

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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 by March 15 to get 15% off!

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  • Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

    Friday, April 24, 7-9:30pm - Sample a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Tickets on sale now.

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  • Springtime at the Garden

    Dig up inspiration for a successful gardening season at Riverbanks Botanical Garden — Saturday, March 28 from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Thursday, March 5

Backyard Buds: Messy Mud Pies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Create unique art with natural materials as we make different kinds of mud pies, explore soil types and create a mud splatter painting. Using natural materials will encourage creativity and understanding of the environment around us. Dress for a mess!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 7

Nature Explorers: Garden Gross-ology
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
There are many gross and disgusting things that the plants and animals do to survive. We will take a look at owl pellets, snail slime, plants that eat bugs, bugs that love blood, and more as we dive into the gross world of gardening!
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 9

Slow-moving tortoises, colorful chameleons, alligators in armor: It’s true; scaly skin is in! Investigate these remarkable animals to learn what makes a reptile a reptile, and discover the important roles that reptiles play in ecosystems all over the world. See why it’s cool to be cold-blooded!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, March 10

Do hummingbirds really fly backward? Do they drink from flowers? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we uncover the truth about these beautiful birds.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, March 11

Do hummingbirds really fly backward? Do they drink from flowers? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we uncover the truth about these beautiful birds.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

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Springtime at the Garden Festival
Saturday, March 28 @ 9:00am–4:00pm
Free with membership or general admission
500 Wildlife Parkway • Columbia, SC 29210 • 803.779.8717
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