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! Beginning October 2014, we will offer a new class six times per year that will focus on a particular topic, 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 803.602.0884 or email Sarah Moore.

Cost: $5 per participant. Includes staffing and materials. 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.

December 2014

Monday, December 8

Birds of a Feather
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Have you ever wondered why birds sing or how they glide on air? Come soar with us as we explore the unique features and habits of our fine feathered friends. Meet the stars of the avian kingdom, including master nest builders and world champion migrators.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, December 15

Birds of a Feather
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Have you ever wondered why birds sing or how they glide on air? Come soar with us as we explore the unique features and habits of our fine feathered friends. Meet the stars of the avian kingdom, including master nest builders and world champion migrators.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

January 2015

Monday, January 26

Australia: The Wonder Down Under
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

February 2015

Monday, February 2

Australia: The Wonder Down Under
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 9

Australia: The Wonder Down Under
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Come along on an Australian Walkabout! From mammals that lay eggs to babies born in pouches, Australia is home to some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet. Travel across the Outback with us to learn about the wild adaptations of animals that live in the land “down under.” Wombats, wallabies and emus, oh my!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

March 2015

Monday, March 9

A Rainbow of Reptiles
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
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.

Monday, March 16

A Rainbow of Reptiles
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
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.

Monday, March 23

A Rainbow of Reptiles
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
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.

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

May 2015

Monday, May 4

Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, May 11

Chain Reaction
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. Find out why in the natural world it’s eat or be eaten!
Cost: $5 per participant. 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. This session is held on Wednesdays beginning in September and meets every two weeks. Students complete certification for the entire program during this time. Participants are required to do a set number of group activities with the leaders, as well as individual activities each week on their own, in order to obtain certification.

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: Inside the Botanical Garden Visitors Center in the Bloom Room.

Registration is closed for this session. Check back next year.

Scheduled Dates and Times: September 17 – May 20 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

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