Homeschool Programs

Families with homeschooled children ages 5–13 can partake in hands-on learning experiences during the Zoo’s new Homeschool Programs, offered quarterly. Budding gardeners ages 8–13 can also become certified green thumbs in the Junior Master Gardener program for Homeschoolers.

Homeschool Monday (ages 5–13)

Mark your calendars for this year’s Homeschool Monday programs at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! We offer a new class six times per year that will focus on a particular topic, which include hands-on activities and feature live animal encounters or guided Zoo tours. Topics change monthly so you can visit again and again!

For more information, please call 803.602.0803 or email education@riverbanks.org.

Cost: $5 per participating student. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

Capacity: Homeschool children ages 5–13 with an accompanying adult. A maximum of 50 students per class applies.

Registration: Register online at least 7 days in advance of the class (the Monday before class date). Pay the program fee online, print off your ticket, and show your admission ticket at any admission gate on the class date. Once you enter the Zoo on the class date, please proceed to the Education Center 10 minutes prior to the class time. The program teacher will meet you and your student(s) in the lobby of the Education Building, where your admission ticket will be collected by the instructor. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Programs take place twice a month, in October, November, December, February, March, and April/May. Programs are designed to be student centered and age appropriate for students ages 5–13. The dates are listed below. Programs are 60–75 minutes.

September 2016

Monday, September 26

Sea Lion Celebration!
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Closed

October 2016

Monday, October 3

Sea Lion Celebration!
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Sea Lion Celebration!
@ 2:00pm (ages 5–13)
Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 10

Sea Lion Celebration!
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Sea Lion Celebration!
@ 2:00pm (ages 5–13)
Dive, swim and play… Join us as we take a look at playful pinnipeds! Put your scientific observation skills to the test as we observe the bold and surprising behaviors of seals and sea lions. Find out what makes these marine mammals so extraordinary. Surf’s up!
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 24

Animal Myths and Mysteries
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 31

Animal Myths and Mysteries
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Animal Myths and Mysteries
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

November 2016

Monday, November 7

Animal Myths and Mysteries
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Animal Myths and Mysteries
@ 1:00pm (ages 5–13)
Dangerous daddy longlegs and wise old owls? Animals are often mysterious, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Join us as we delve into the world of animal myths to find out the truth behind some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Cost: $5 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 28

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.

December 2016

Monday, December 5

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.

Monday, December 12

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.

Junior Master Gardeners for Homeschool (ages 7–12)

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 asegura@riverbanks.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.

Register for class.

Scheduled Dates and Times: September 7 – May 10 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

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