Upcoming Events

Here’s a look at all of the events and programs currently scheduled at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This schedule is (of course) subject to revision. As the year goes on, please revisit this page for any changes.

December 2016

Sunday, December 4

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Homeschool Monday: Arthropod Antics
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What has six to eight legs, is covered in armor and is the most successful group of animals on the planet? Arthropods! From beetles under the ground to lobsters in the sea, investigate the incredible diversity of these abundant invertebrates and discover their amazing survival secrets!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.
Registration ClosedHomeschool Programs

Tuesday, December 6

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Wednesday, December 7

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Friday, December 9

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts’ Night Out holiday event. Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas. The night's festivities also will include a brief presentation on animal and pet care followed by a Christmas Critter SWAP meet and a Holly Jolly Night Hike.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 10

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts’ Night Out holiday event. Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas. The night's festivities also will include a brief presentation on animal and pet care followed by a Christmas Critter SWAP meet and a Holly Jolly Night Hike.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Sunday, December 11

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Enjoy the season of giving as we host a winter woodland celebration! Join us as we create a “giving tree” for our woodland friends with bird feeders, seed wreaths and more. Participants will play winter games, create a woodland critter craft, listen to The Giving Tree, plus enjoy a special visit from a woodland friend. All ages are welcome, but activities are geared to ages 3 — 10.
Cost: $10 per participant. Tickets required for both child and adult. Plus admission for general public.

Enjoy the season of giving as we host a winter woodland celebration! Join us as we create a “giving tree” for our woodland friends with bird feeders, seed wreaths and more. Participants will play winter games, create a woodland critter craft, listen to The Giving Tree, plus enjoy a special visit from a woodland friend. All ages are welcome, but activities are geared to ages 3 — 10.
Cost: $10 per participant. Tickets required for both child and adult. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Homeschool Monday: Arthropod Antics
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
What has six to eight legs, is covered in armor and is the most successful group of animals on the planet? Arthropods! From beetles under the ground to lobsters in the sea, investigate the incredible diversity of these abundant invertebrates and discover their amazing survival secrets!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, December 13

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 14

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Discovery Day: Observant Owls
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Who Whoooo wants to visit the Zoo? Bring your little night owls to come learn about ours!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use natural materials to make holiday decorations that you can share with your family and friends. This session is focused mainly on fun and creativity and sharing with others for the holidays.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, December 16

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Saturday, December 17

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Celebrate the season by making a fresh wreath to welcome your guests at the front door. This annual class is well loved and enjoyed with friends and family. Plant material and wreath forms are provided, and each wreath becomes a festive and unique expression of your holiday spirit.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Sunday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp: Fire and Ice
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through crafts, zoo walks, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Register before October 31st for a 5% discount with coupon code winter2016.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Tuesday, December 20

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp: Fire and Ice
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through crafts, zoo walks, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Register before October 31st for a 5% discount with coupon code winter2016.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Wednesday, December 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp: Fire and Ice
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through crafts, zoo walks, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Register before October 31st for a 5% discount with coupon code winter2016.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Thursday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp: Fire and Ice
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through crafts, zoo walks, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Register before October 31st for a 5% discount with coupon code winter2016.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Friday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Winter Zoo Camp: Fire and Ice
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 5–10)
Surviving extreme temperatures is what penguins, tortoises and cockroaches do best! Come chill with us as we explore living on the edge of glaciers and volcanoes. Zoo campers will sizzle with excitement as they learn through crafts, zoo walks, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Register before October 31st for a 5% discount with coupon code winter2016.
Cost: $190 members / $260 general public

Monday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Tuesday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Wednesday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Friday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition—the 29th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The Zoo will illuminate at 5:00pm each evening with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Plus, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night.
Cost: $11 Adults / $9 Children ages 2–12.
All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

January 2017

Thursday, January 5

Backyard Buds: Wiggle Worm Party
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Wiggle Worms in the Garden are having a dance party and you’re invited. Wiggle like a worm, make a worm craft, meet our worms’ friends and see their home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, January 6

Discovery Day: Bear Business
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Bears are so busy! Whether its raising cubs or finding food before the cold winter months, these animals are always on the go. Bears have more in common with us than you think! Explore what a day in the life of a bear is like. We will uncover what they eat, how they deal with the outdoors, and more!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, January 10

Discovery Day: Bear Business
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Bears are so busy! Whether its raising cubs or finding food before the cold winter months, these animals are always on the go. Bears have more in common with us than you think! Explore what a day in the life of a bear is like. We will uncover what they eat, how they deal with the outdoors, and more!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, January 15

Boy Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Boy Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *This program is reserved for males only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

Thursday, January 19

Backyard Buds: Birds
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no-wait, bird was right, definitely a bird. Come decorate a birdhouse and learn all about our backyard bird friends and how they use their beaks!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, January 20

Discovery Day: Lounging Lions
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
ROAR! Come discover the amazing king of the jungle as we learn all about the mighty lion.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, January 24

Discovery Day: Lounging Lions
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
ROAR! Come discover the amazing king of the jungle as we learn all about the mighty lion.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

February 2017

Thursday, February 2

Help us share the love with our plant friends as we explore heart-shaped plants and how they grow. Find out if you can plant a kiss and take home a heart-shaped seed ball.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 3

Discovery Day: Panda Party
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Pandas may just be the life of the party! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Let’s find out together.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 4

Learn how to make essential oils from herbs in the garden that can be used in a variety of things — including perfumes!
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Tuesday, February 7

Discovery Day: Panda Party
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Pandas may just be the life of the party! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Let’s find out together.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 11

All the little fairies and gnomes are encouraged to join us for tea as we celebrate the magical world in the woods through a craft, games, story and a visit with our fairy friend! All ages welcome.
Cost: $10 per participant. Tickets required for both child and adult. Plus admission for general public.

All the little fairies and gnomes are encouraged to join us for tea as we celebrate the magical world in the woods through a craft, games, story and a visit with our fairy friend! All ages welcome.
Cost: $10 per participant. Tickets required for both child and adult. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 13

Homeschool Monday: Marvelous Misfits
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Why fit in when you can stand out? Ever heard of mammals that lay eggs, fish that fly, or marsupials without a pouch? Some animals just don’t fit the mold. In this class, we will explore some of the misfits in the animal kingdom that dare to be different!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, February 16

Backyard Buds: Ant Wranglers
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Take a peek at what goes on for ants underground. See the secret to how ants help plants and practice being an ant by lassoing aphids.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, February 17

Who is that you hear stomping the ground and trumpeting so loud? It must be those extraordinary elephants! These animals are a sight to behold and have so much to share!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Sunday, February 19

Boy Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Boy Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *This program is reserved for males only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

Tuesday, February 21

Who is that you hear stomping the ground and trumpeting so loud? It must be those extraordinary elephants! These animals are a sight to behold and have so much to share!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 27

Homeschool Monday: Marvelous Misfits
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Why fit in when you can stand out? Ever heard of mammals that lay eggs, fish that fly, or marsupials without a pouch? Some animals just don’t fit the mold. In this class, we will explore some of the misfits in the animal kingdom that dare to be different!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Homeschool Monday: Marvelous Misfits
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Why fit in when you can stand out? Ever heard of mammals that lay eggs, fish that fly, or marsupials without a pouch? Some animals just don’t fit the mold. In this class, we will explore some of the misfits in the animal kingdom that dare to be different!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

March 2017

Thursday, March 2

Backyard Buds: Bug Eating Plants!
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Do plants eat meat? Sometimes they do! Join us to learn about our carnivorous plant friends and what makes them so special.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, March 3

Discovery Day: Slithering Snakes
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Smooth and slinky, snakes are so misunderstood! Why are snakes so important? Slither on over to find out!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 6

Homeschool Monday: Marvelous Misfits
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Why fit in when you can stand out? Ever heard of mammals that lay eggs, fish that fly, or marsupials without a pouch? Some animals just don’t fit the mold. In this class, we will explore some of the misfits in the animal kingdom that dare to be different!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 11

Not having a lot of yard doesn’t mean you have to give up on gardening! Learn some techniques and tricks for gardening in small spaces including vertical growing, hay bale gardening and more.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Monday, March 13

Homeschool Monday: Hooves and Horns
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ever heard the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” What about someone else’s hooves? In this class we will explore the wild side of hoof stock! From zebras to cows, or giraffes to goats, these animals fill a unique niche in the environment. So, please join us as we ruminate over some ruminants!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, March 16

Everyone knows that leprechauns keep their gold at the end of a rainbow, but do you know about how rainbows form? Come learn what makes a rainbow, make a rainbow of your own and join us as we hunt for a pot of gold!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 18

Learn about the identification, behavior and ecological importance of reptile and amphibian species found not only in South Carolina but also the rest of the US. You will be trained as a FrogWatch USA volunteer, a citizen scientist that can assist with the preservation of local frog and toad species in South Carolina. Scouts will enjoy a staff-guided tour both within the Zoo and through the River Trail, searching for wild herps as you go.
Hands-on Herpetology will cover the needed knowledge for the reptile and amphibian study merit badge requirements sections 1-7, 9ab, and 10.
Cost: $10 Scout/Child. If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.

Monday, March 20

Homeschool Monday: Hooves and Horns
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ever heard the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” What about someone else’s hooves? In this class we will explore the wild side of hoof stock! From zebras to cows, or giraffes to goats, these animals fill a unique niche in the environment. So, please join us as we ruminate over some ruminants!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Homeschool Monday: Hooves and Horns
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Ever heard the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” What about someone else’s hooves? In this class we will explore the wild side of hoof stock! From zebras to cows, or giraffes to goats, these animals fill a unique niche in the environment. So, please join us as we ruminate over some ruminants!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, March 24

Discovery Day: Groovy Gorillas
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Gorillas are some of the grooviest animals in the world! Join us to discover what they eat, how they communicate and other fun facts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 27

Homeschool Monday: Hooves and Horns
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Ever heard the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” What about someone else’s hooves? In this class we will explore the wild side of hoof stock! From zebras to cows, or giraffes to goats, these animals fill a unique niche in the environment. So, please join us as we ruminate over some ruminants!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

April 2017

Thursday, April 6

Backyard Buds: Itsy Bitsy Spider
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Do you find spiders scary? Stop by and see how our spider friends help us and take a look at what happens in their webs.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 7

Discovery Day: Gentle Giraffes
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
The tallest animal in the world is nothing but grace and beauty. Take a safari into Africa and discover the amazing ways that giraffes survive in their home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, April 20

Backyard Buds: Bees
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Bee our friend and join us to learn all about bees. Dance like a bee to find food and discover all the jobs a bee has in its life as it makes honey and takes care of its hive.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 21

Discovery Day: Vulture Voyage
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Are vultures really gross? Or are they actually good at cleaning up? Find out why these birds are so important during this fun-filled program!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 24

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be the last of your kind? In this class, we will explore some of the animals on the endangered species list. We will take a look at how these animals ended up on the endangered species list and determine ways to help these animals escape the list.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 29

Bring a container (~24 inches in diameter) and fill it with a gorgeous combination of perennials and annuals. Take home a colorful container as well as ideas and techniques to make your containers standout.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

May 2017

Monday, May 1

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be the last of your kind? In this class, we will explore some of the animals on the endangered species list. We will take a look at how these animals ended up on the endangered species list and determine ways to help these animals escape the list.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be the last of your kind? In this class, we will explore some of the animals on the endangered species list. We will take a look at how these animals ended up on the endangered species list and determine ways to help these animals escape the list.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, May 4

Backyard Buds: Fireflies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to light up learning about lightning bugs. Join us as we play pattern games, make a firefly and have a glowing good time.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, May 5

Landing lightly on flowers, these bright insects are truly unique! From their changing bodies to their jobs helping plants, butterflies are brilliant beyond a doubt!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, May 8

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be the last of your kind? In this class, we will explore some of the animals on the endangered species list. We will take a look at how these animals ended up on the endangered species list and determine ways to help these animals escape the list.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 13

Create a tiny, magical world through miniature plants, natural objects and imagination during this workshop. A terra cotta saucer will be provided for your garden, or you can bring your own creative container.
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Saturday, May 20

Learn how to preserve the bounty from your garden so you can enjoy that fresh homegrown taste year round. Everyone will make something to take home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

June 2017

Saturday, June 10

Discover the common pollinators in this area, and learn how you can attract them to your garden and potentially increase their numbers. Participants will make a bug motel during the workshop as well.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

September 2017

Saturday, September 9

From there to here, from here to there, wonderful trees are everywhere! Explore the world of trees, the role they play in our environment and how you can be a good steward of native plant life in South Carolina. We will explore the trees and plants of the Garden, make a wooden craft, meet a Riverbanks horticulturist, plant a tree to take home and design a tree recipe.
The program will cover all steps for Cub Scout Webelos “Into the Woods” elective badge and Girl Scout Cadettes Trees “naturalist” legacy badge.
Cost: $10 Scout/Child. If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.

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