Riverbanks on the Road

Riverbanks is on the road! Whether you are looking for a program for your students, daycare, library or adult care facility, these fun, engaging and educational programs are just for you! Riverbanks on the Road programs are designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners from young to the young at heart.

Please note: At this time we are unable to take animals off of Zoo grounds. All programs are participant-centered and include animal biofacts.

Registration Policy:

  • Riverbanks on the Road programs must be reserved in advance by calling the Education Department at 803.602.0803 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
  • Don’t see a program that meets your needs? We can 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.

Classroom Programs

Let the Zoo come to your school! Each classroom program is student-oriented with activities including full group discussion, small group work, and centers that are perfect for encouraging student inquiry. All classroom programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

Cost: A program fee of $60.00 is charged for each program reserved.

Travel Fees: (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

Capacity: Each program can hold up to 25 students.

Time: 45 minutes.

Available Programs:

On the Move (Preschool–Kindergarten)

Can you swim like a fish? Slither like a snake? Swing like a siamang? Students will explore animal movement as they hop, crawl and wiggle their way through a story, song and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

Critter Café (Preschool–Kindergarten)

Eating healthy is important. We all have our favorite foods, so do the zoo animals. Have a crazy day at the Critter Café as we learn about what the animals like to eat. Program includes a story and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

P is for…Penguin! (Preschool–Kindergarten)

It’s a penguin party! Dive in and explore how our feathered friends from the South Pole survive, and learn what it takes to care for them in the Zoo.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

Sense-ational Safari (Kindergarten–Grade 1)

We use our senses each and every day without even realizing it! Students will have a chance to pursue the natural world and all it has to offer by using their own senses to better understand life all around.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.S.1A.1, K.S.1A.4, K.S.1A.4, K.L.2A.4, K.P.4A.1, K.P.4A.2
1st Grade Science Standards: 1.S.1A.1, 1.S.1A.4

Wild about Weather (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Every year we see the flow of the seasons. This means a change in the weather, a change in how we dress, and a change in the ways that animals and plants behave. This class delves into the adjustments that are made each year by living things and varying patterns in weather.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5, K.L.2A.6, K.E.3A.1-4
1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5B.3
2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.E.2A.1, 2.E.2A.2, 2.L.5B.3

Bringing Up Baby (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Experience the journey of life as students learn about the growth and development of plants and animals. Discover how seeds become towering trees and flourishing flowers, and animals go from egg to adult.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5
1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.2
2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.3

Circle of Life (Grades 2–3)

Food is essential to all living things. Whether an organism is a producer, consumer, or decomposer, they all rely on energy for survival. Explore the ways that plants and animals are connected through food chains and food webs!

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5B.1, 2.L.5B.3
3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.2

Critter Classification (Grades 2–4)

With millions of different species in the world, there is a real need to keep things organized. Scientists have come up with a great way to keep track of who’s who based on the similarities and differences between animals. Learn how the process of classification works during this fun filled class!

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5A.3
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L5.A.1, 4.L5.A.3

I Can Adapt To That (Grades 2–4)

How do animals survive in their habitat without all the ease of modern technology? By using their built in skills of course! Uncover what abilities are learned and inherited through this exploration of physical and behavioral adaptations.

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3
3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5B.2
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3

Covering Carolina (Grades 3–5)

What is it about sweet South Carolina that makes it so special? How about the fact that it has five distinct regions, each with its own ecosystem and wildlife! We will travel from the mountains to the sea in this interactive class to truly understand how this amazing state functions.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2, 3.L.5B.1, 3.E.4B.2
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3
5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4A.1, 5.E.3B.2, 5.E.3B.4

3rd Grade Social Studies Standards: 3-1.1, 3-1.2, 3-1.3

Home Sweet Biome (Grades 3–5)

Explore unique ecosystems from the land to water including forests, deserts, tundra, aquatic, and grasslands. See what makes each home unique and how plants and animals differ and function within these intriguing homes.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3
5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4A.1, 5.L.4A.2, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3

CSI: Coat and Skull Investigation (Grades 4–6)

Follow the clues to solve a wild crime! Try your hand at forensic science to observe and categorize evidence about animals. Interactive scientific skill stations and animal encounters can help you provide wild justice.

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L5.A.1, 4.L5.B.3
5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.3
6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2

* Indicates partial completion of standard

Animal Behaviors 101 (Grades 6–12)

It takes more than good looks to survive in the wild. Animals have to out compete, outwit and outplay to survive. Bring the Zoo to YOU to find out how behaviors help animals survive and what enrichment is all about!

6th grade Science Standards: 6.L.4B.3, 6.L.4B.4, 6.L.4B.5
7th Grade Science Standards: 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.1
HS Science Standards: H.B.5.1, H.B.6A.1*

* Indicates partial completion of standard

Animals through the Sciences (Grade 6–12)

You normally learn about animals in biology or life science, but animals are part of or interact with all science topics! From the dive speed of the peregrine falcon to the chemical use of bioluminescence, science is everywhere in the animal world. Find out how animals and the Sciences work hand-in-hand!

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.P.3A.1, 6.P.3A.2, 6.P.3A.5
8th Grade Science Standards: 8.P.2A.5, 8.P.3A.3, 8.P.3A.4
HS Science Standards: H.P.2A.6, H.P.2B.3, H.P.3C.2, H.P.3D.2

Assembly Programs

Through a combination of multi-media techniques, animal biofacts, and group activities, assembly programs are ideal for large groups! All assembly programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

Cost: A program fee of $60.00 is required for every 25 students, or part thereof.

Travel Fees: (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

Capacity: Each program is recommended for 100 students.

Time: 45 minutes.

Available Programs:

All Living Things (Kindergarten–Grade 2) NEW!

Plants are the building blocks that help humans and animals survive. Take a closer look at plant life cycles and the many uses plants have.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.2
1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.1, 1.L.5A.2, 1.L.5B.2
2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5*

* Indicates partial completion of standard

Growing Up Wild (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

The animal kingdom is full of working parents and wild children. Sound like your house? Some animal parents stick around, while others lay eggs and then leave town. Investigate the cycle of life and the parents who make it possible.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5
1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.2
2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.3

Feet, Feathers, Fins and Fur (Grades 2–4)

How do animals survive in their habitat without all the ease of modern technology? By using their built-in skills of course! Uncover what abilities are learned and inherited through this exploration of physical and behavioral adaptations.

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3
3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5B.2
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3

Chain Reaction (Grades 3–5)

From the birds of the forest to the fish in the sea, living things in every habitat 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 food webs in a variety of environments.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2
4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3
5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4A.1, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3

It’s Taxing (Grade 6)

Classification can be taxing, but we can help! King Phillip keeps it all straight. Learn how each group of animals’ inherited or learned adaptations allow them to be able to meet the requirements needed to live in the natural world. Join us for a little tax-onomy relief.

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4A.1, 6.L.4A.2, 6.L.4B.1, 6.L.4B.5, 6.L.5A.1*

* Indicates partial completion of standard

The List: A Conservation Challenge (Grade 6–12)

Some celebrities make the “A” list; some animals make the “E” list. Making the list is great for celebrities, but not for animals. Together we will learn which animals have made the list and animals that have made it off the list. Find out what Riverbanks is doing to get animals off the list and to help prevent animals from making the list in the future.

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2, 6.L.4B.3
7th Grade Standards: 7.EC.5A.1, 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.4
8th Grade Science Standards: 8.E.6B.1, 8.E.6B.2
HS Science Standards: H.B.5.1, H.B.5.3, H.B.5.4, H.B.6.A.2, H.B.6D.1*

* Indicates partial completion of standard

Animals through the Sciences (Grade 6–12)

You normally learn about animals in biology or life science, but animals are part of or interact with all science topics! From the dive speed of the peregrine falcon to the chemical use of bioluminescence, science is everywhere in the animal world. Find out how animals and the Sciences work hand-in-hand!

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.P.3A.1, 6.P.3A.2, 6.P.3A.5
8th Grade Science Standards: 8.P.2A.5, 8.P.3A.3, 8.P.3A.4
HS Science Standards: H.P.2A.6, H.P.2B.3, H.P.3C.2, H.P.3D.2

Early Childhood Programs

Perfect for daycares, churches and other licensed facilities. These programs focus on preschool learning topics, and will include activities involving literacy, math skills, movement and more!

Cost: A program fee of $60.00 is charged for each program reserved.

Travel Fees: (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

Capacity: Each program can accommodate up to 25 students.

Time: 30–45 minutes.

Available Programs:

Counting Critters (Ages 2–5)

1, 2, 3, count animals with me! How many legs does an elephant have? Can you count the legs on a millipede? Practice your counting and number skills while we learn about animals at the Zoo and in the wild!

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA – 1.2, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3; M – 1.8, 2.1; PD – 2.2

On the Move (Ages 2–5)

Can you swim like a fish? Slither like a snake? Swing like a siamang? Students will explore animal movement as they hop, crawl and wiggle their way through a story, song and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

Red, Blue, Who’s at the Zoo? (Ages 2–5)

From red birds to grey elephants, animals come in every color! Practice your colors and explore how animals use them through songs and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA – 1.2, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3; M – 1.4, 1.5, 3.4; PD – 2.2

Critter Café (Ages 4–5)

Eating healthy is important. We all have our favorite foods, and so do zoo animals. Have a crazy day at the Critter Café as we learn about what the animals like to eat. Program includes a story and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

Sense-ational Safari (Ages 4–5)

Your senses help you discover the world around you. This is true for animals as well. Learn how some animals taste with their feet or smell with their tongues in a Sense-ational Safari.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL – 5.1; ELA – 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3

P is for Penguin (Ages 4–5)

It’s a penguin party! Dive in and explore how our feathered friends from the South Pole survive, and learn what it takes to care for them in the Zoo.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5, 5.2; PD-1.1, 2.2
Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6

Library Programs

Looking to enhance programming at your library? From small preschool groups to assembly-style summer programming, the Zoo is ready to dive into reading! We can conduct any of the listed classroom, assembly, senior or daycare programs at your local library.

Cost: A program fee of $60 is charged for every 25 participants, or part thereof.

Travel Fees: (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

Capacity: Number of participants is dependent on program selection.

Time: 45 minutes.

Available Programs:

Animal Architects

Riverbanks on the Road is pleased to now offer this exciting program that encourages participants to get actively involved in reading. Call 803.602.0803 for more information and to register.

Senior Community Programs

Join Riverbanks on the Road as we take you on safari to different locations around the world without leaving your chair! Through interactive discussion and biofact presentations, adults can gain a wealth of knowledge about the world.

Cost: A program fee of $60 is charged for every 25 participants, or part thereof.

Travel Fees: (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

Capacity: Each program is recommended for 25 participants.

Time: 45 minutes.

Available Programs:

Polar Expedition

Explore the farthest reaches of our planet as we travel from pole to pole!

Adventures in the Amazon

Grab your umbrella! This tropical program will explore the diversity that exists in one of the most stunning places in the world: the Amazon Rainforest!

Ocean Voyage

Dive deep into uncharted territory as we explore the oceans of our world.

Trek to Asia

Uncover the secrets of Asia and all of the beauty it holds.

America the Wild

Discover the incredible wildlife that exists right here in our own backyard!

Out of Africa

Africa is home to some of the most iconic animals known to humans. Travel through jungles, deserts, and grasslands to fully appreciate all that it has to offer!

Journey to Oz

Australia is home to some of the most unique and fascinating animals found in the world! Join us as we uncover this spectacular region.

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