Thursday, March 2
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Riverbanks Botanical Garden offers an array of opportunities for kids and adults with a love for learning to dig up fascinating facts about native and exotic plant life at Riverbanks and beyond. Expert horticulturists engage participants with hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Garden programs are available for ages 2 through adult. Come grow with us!
For more information on Garden Programs or other educational opportunities in the Garden, please contact our Garden Staff at 803.602.0813.
Garden adventures for kids that includes a lesson, craft and story.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, general admission tickets will also be required.
Location: Waterfall Junction Learning Center.
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JMG provides an opportunity for youth to interact and bond with nature through hands-on gardening, scientific experiments and arts. The program explores the broader picture of gardening, including native wildlife, harvesting, and using fresh food from the garden. Both groups observe and learn about the trees and native plants in the area while gaining valuable gardening skills. This session meets the first three Wednesdays of each month beginning in September. Students complete certification for the entire program during this time.
Level 1 (ages 7–9) explores insects, plant life, fruits and vegetables, design and more.
Level 2 (ages 10–12) focuses on plant growth and propagation methods, as well as the effects of soil and water cycles on plants.
For more information, please call 803.602.0813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $175 per child. Includes handbook, T-shirt, and supplies.
Location: Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Drop-off at the Garden Ticket Booth (West Columbia) at 9:45am.
Scheduled Dates and Times: September 7 – May 10 at 10:00am–12:00pm.
Hands-on workshops and classes for novice gardeners and green thumbs.
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Cost: A program fee of $55 is charged for each class of 25 students.
Capacity: Garden programs can accommodate any group size. These informal programs are held in the Botanical Garden amphitheater, with participants sitting on the grass.
Registration Policy: Programs may be reserved in advance online via our School Programs Request for Information form or by calling the Education Department at 803.602.0803 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
Don’t see something that meets your needs? We will create custom programs for your group. Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance. A nominal development fee will be charged.
If you have any questions, please email or call 803.602.0803.
Children learn the importance and characteristics of insects before going out into the Garden to dig up their own creepy crawly bugs. The group will look for bugs in various habitats discovering the secret world where insects live. The tour ends with an appropriate story.
As plants grow from tiny seedlings to mature plants, they provide many different elements for other living things. Students will learn about plant life cycles and the important relationship of insects and plants. They will also discover the many vital elements plants provide for humans and animals.
Students will see various plants from different habitats that include the desert, wetlands and rainforest. Their explorations will lead them to investigate the different adaptations that are necessary to survive in each habitat.