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.

October 2015

Monday, October 5

Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 12

Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 19

Raging Rivers
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
From rushing whitewater-rivers to peaceful, winding streams, a multitude of mammals depend on the waterways of North America for survival. Go with the flow as we take a closer look at this remarkable riparian habitat and discover some furry friends that rely on our rivers for food, shelter, and of course for play!
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

November 2015

Monday, November 2

The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 9

The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 16

The Social Life
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
A gaggle of geese, a tower of giraffes, or a cauldron of bats — in many species, the social life is the only way to go! Join us for a program and guided Zoo tour* as we discover animals with unique social behaviors. Whether you’re running with the pack or swimming with the school, learn why cooperation is the key to survival! *One parent per family will be required to accompany us on the tour.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 30

Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

December 2015

Monday, December 7

Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
Cost: $5 per participant. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, December 14

Weather Warriors
@ 10:00am (ages 5–13)
Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! How do animals survive the winter chill? Warm up with us as we investigate some incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of some “cool” creatures who are experts at surviving the coldest of seasons.
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. 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.

Register for class (open until August 25).

Scheduled Dates and Times: September 9 – May 18 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

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