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Upcoming Events and Programs

Here’s a look at all of the events and programs currently scheduled at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This schedule is (of course) subject to revision. As the year goes on, please revisit this page for any changes.

July 2019

Thursday, July 18

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.
Registration Closed  Summer Zoo Camp

Friday, July 19

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Tyke Hikes: Are you a snail?
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.
Registration Closed  Tyke Hikes

 
The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Saturday, July 20

Family on Safari: Nature’s Night Owls (Zoo)
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Many creatures like to stay up late and work the night shift! These late risers use incredible adaptations to help them get the job done in the dark. Groups will become part of the Zoo’s night life through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with nocturnal animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour to discover who at Riverbanks prefers the dark to day. Pizza dinner and marshmallow roasting are also included.
COST: $50 Riverbanks members / $60 general public per person. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.
Registration Closed  Family on Safari

Monday, July 22

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

Tuesday, July 23

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Discount admission isn’t the only perk guests will enjoy for contributing on a Toucan Tuesday. Individuals who donate also can take advantage of other cool savings including the purchase of one $2 ICEE (16oz.), one $2 fountain drink (24oz.), a two for $20 special on misting fans, plus a two for $5 special on reusable straws (wristbands to show proof of donation will be provided; limit one wristband per donor).

Toucan Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, June 11 – August 13. The promotion applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and Riverbanks’ memberships are not included). Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances.


 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Wednesday, July 24

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Thursday, July 25

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Friday, July 26

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Tyke Hikes: Bat Loves the Night
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

Monday, July 29

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

Tuesday, July 30

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Discount admission isn’t the only perk guests will enjoy for contributing on a Toucan Tuesday. Individuals who donate also can take advantage of other cool savings including the purchase of one $2 ICEE (16oz.), one $2 fountain drink (24oz.), a two for $20 special on misting fans, plus a two for $5 special on reusable straws (wristbands to show proof of donation will be provided; limit one wristband per donor).

Toucan Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, June 11 – August 13. The promotion applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and Riverbanks’ memberships are not included). Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances.


 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Wednesday, July 31

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

August 2019

Thursday, August 1

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Friday, August 2

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Tyke Hikes: Swirl by Swirl
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

 
Brew at the Zoo
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
Tap into this sell-out event that supports wildlife and wild places with samples of cold, frothy beer. From domestics to imports to specialty micros, guests can choose their brew and meander through the Zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. No one under 21 will be admitted.
COST: $40 Riverbanks members / $50 general public. The VIP option is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, August 3

Family on Safari: Reptilian Adventures (Zoo)
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Do you love all things scaly and slimy? Uncover the amazing world of reptiles and amphibians living in your own backyard—and their long-lost ancestors. Families will enjoy hands-on-activities, up-close encounters, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Plus, participants will get a chance to explore Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors. Pizza dinner and marshmallow roasting are also included.
COST: $50 Riverbanks members / $60 general public per person. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included.

Monday, August 5

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

Tuesday, August 6

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Discount admission isn’t the only perk guests will enjoy for contributing on a Toucan Tuesday. Individuals who donate also can take advantage of other cool savings including the purchase of one $2 ICEE (16oz.), one $2 fountain drink (24oz.), a two for $20 special on misting fans, plus a two for $5 special on reusable straws (wristbands to show proof of donation will be provided; limit one wristband per donor).

Toucan Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, June 11 – August 13. The promotion applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and Riverbanks’ memberships are not included). Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances.


 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Wednesday, August 7

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Thursday, August 8

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Around the Pond
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
From cattails and polliwogs to turtles and willow trees, there is an amazing world of life in and around the pond! Let’s explore the unique plants and animals that call the pond home.
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Friday, August 9

Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Critter Twitter
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
We can chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time using Facebook, email, cell phones, Instagram and Snapchat. Without these human tools, how do animals get the word out? Join the adventure as we explore the art of communication—animal style. Don’t miss the buzz about this exciting camp!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Island Fever
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Get ready to take an excursion across the planet’s strangest yet most amazing islands, as we visit the Galapagos, Madagascar and Australia. Campers will have opportunities to learn how islands are created as well as identify some of the unique creatures that inhabit them. Beware! You just might catch the fever about these mysterious places.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Watery World
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Dive into the amazing world of water as we investigate the water cycle, its properties and animals that call it home. Campers will have a splashing good time learning about sharks, sea turtles, frogs—and lizards that can walk on water!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Wild Seasons (FULL Day)
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 4–5)
Do you like to visit the beach in the summer, anticipate snow in the winter, play in the leaves come fall and watch flowers bloom in the spring? Animals and plants change their activities, too! Join the fun as we discover the wonders of each season.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Tyke Hikes: Sunny Day
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

Saturday, August 10

Boy Scout Overnight: Herps of Past and Present
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Uncover the amazing world of reptiles and amphibians living in your own backyard—and their long-lost ancestors. Scouts will enjoy hands-on-activities, up-close encounters, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Plus, participants will get a chance to explore Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors while working towards their Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge. *This program is open to males and females.
Cost: $50 per person.

Monday, August 12

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

Tuesday, August 13

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Toucan Tuesdays
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Discount admission isn’t the only perk guests will enjoy for contributing on a Toucan Tuesday. Individuals who donate also can take advantage of other cool savings including the purchase of one $2 ICEE (16oz.), one $2 fountain drink (24oz.), a two for $20 special on misting fans, plus a two for $5 special on reusable straws (wristbands to show proof of donation will be provided; limit one wristband per donor).

Toucan Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, June 11 – August 13. The promotion applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and Riverbanks’ memberships are not included). Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances.


 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Wednesday, August 14

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Thursday, August 15

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: City Critters
@ 9:30–11:30am (ages 3–4 w/an adult)
What animals are lurking in our city? Come discover the fascinating secret lives of the critters that live just outside our doors!
COST: $65 members / $80 general public.

Friday, August 16

Summer Zoo Camp: Sense-able Animals (HALF Day)
@ 9:00am–12:00pm (ages 4–5)
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $125 members / $155 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Animal Aviators
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 8–10)
Did you know that birds and bats are not the only frequent flyers in the animal kingdom? Come soar with us as we explore the wonders of ballooning, gliding, parachuting and flying. Discover how aerodynamics makes aviation possible for some very unlikely creatures.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: Dirty Jobs
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 11–13)
It’s a messy job but someone’s got to do it—and we’re not necessarily talking about shoveling poop! Whether farmers, butchers, builders, beauticians or interior decorators, animals are some of the hardest workers on the planet, and they don’t even get a vacation! Come job shadow ants, lions, cleaning wrasse and various Riverbanks employees this summer as we learn what it takes for these workaholics to succeed. You may even pick up a few job skills along the way!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Ever wonder how animals see after dark, hear under the water and feel without fingers? In this “tasteful” camp we will see how humans and animals make “sense” of things as they explore their homes.
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Summer Zoo Camp: ZooBorns
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (ages 6–7)
Everyone loves babies! Find out how zoo youngsters spend their first hours, days and years of life. Join the fun as we investigate the colorful world of eggs, wild parenting strategies, life cycles and much more!
COST: $190 members / $240 general public.

 
Tyke Hikes: Worm Weather
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

 
The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Saturday, August 17

Discover tips and tricks to reduce waste and expenses in the kitchen. We will demonstrate how to make beeswax wraps for food and provide the supplies to make wraps of your own.
COST: $15 per participant.

Friday, August 23

Tyke Hikes: Are you an Ant?
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

 
Join us for an end of the summer party in Waterfall Junction! We will have an hour of water play before we engage in mermaid and pirate games throughout the garden. Kids will get to do a craft, look for buried treasure, meet Pearl the Mermaid and Firebeard the Pirate, and much more! *Parking on West Columbia side only.
COST: $15 per child (adults are free).

Friday, August 30

Tyke Hikes: In the Forest
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
1
COST: Free with admission.

September 2019

Friday, September 6

Do you dig dinosaurs? Come discover some fascinating facts about these beasts of long ago and meet some of our living animal ambassadors with dinosaur-like traits.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 7

Meet and greet some real-life reptiles, learn fun facts about dinosaurs, dig for fossils, and play dinosaur games in this family fun program. Participants will be given tickets to see the new Dinosaur exhibit after the program. *Please note this program is held in the Farm Classroom in the Zoo.
COST: $10 per person (both child and adult need tickets), dinosaur exhibit included in this fee.

Thursday, September 12

Join us on an informal walk through the Garden as we discuss tips on gardening in our climate, soil challenges and what to plant for a beautiful yard.
COST: $10 per participant.

Friday, September 13

Nature Art: Sand and Bubbles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Summer is sun, sand, bubbles and fun! We bid farewell to the hot, sunny summer days by getting creative with sand and bubble painting.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 14

Cast concrete leaves can be used to create your own bird feeder, stepping-stones or garden accent. All materials will be provided. The leaf will need at least 48 hours to cure before you can pick it up to take home.
COST: $25 per participant.

Monday, September 16

Do you dig dinosaurs? Come discover some fascinating facts about these beasts of long ago and meet some of our living animal ambassadors with dinosaur-like traits.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Plant Dissection
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Participants will discover what is happening inside of a plant as we take apart a flower, create a model of a plant and investigate how plants grow, function and reproduce. (straw flower, flower dissection)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 20

Have you ever stopped to watch an ant? These tiny creatures always seem to be on the move. Let’s take a closer look to see where they could be going and why.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Don’t miss the wildest event in town at Riverbanks ZOOfari—the Zoo’s premier fundraiser. Take an evening stroll through the Zoo, catch a glimpse of some wild creatures, savor tasty cuisine and cool cocktails, and bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
COST: $65 Riverbanks members / $75 general public.
On Sale August 1  More Info

Monday, September 23

Do you dig dinosaurs? Come discover some fascinating facts about these beasts of long ago and meet some of our living animal ambassadors with dinosaur-like traits.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Plant Dissection
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Participants will discover what is happening inside of a plant as we take apart a flower, create a model of a plant and investigate how plants grow, function and reproduce. (straw flower, flower dissection)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, September 27

Tyke Hikes: Ant’s Eye View
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to an ant? We will go for a walk in Waterfall Junction and imagine the world from an ant’s eye view.
COST: Free with admission.

October 2019

Friday, October 4

Did you know that birds can be fierce flying hunters? In this class we will explore the lives of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures and what makes them special.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 5

Learn two different ways to use dried flowers to decorate a candle with a personalized touch. Everyone will take a candle home.
COST: $20 per participant.

Friday, October 11

The winds of fall are blowing, and the days are getting shorter. Let’s create a work of art that captures the sun and uses the wind to make music!
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 14

Knee-high Naturalist: Birds of Prey
@ 10:15am (ages 2–5)
Did you know that birds can be fierce flying hunters? In this class we will explore the lives of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures and what makes them special.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: The Dirt on Soil
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Understanding what your plants get from the ground is half the battle to becoming a good gardener. We will dig deep into the secret life of soil and how we can compost to turn our trash into great soil for plants. (compost, soil layers and textures, watering techniques)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 18

It’s harvest time at the Zoo and Garden! Harvest time is often a time of celebration for people all over the world. Come celebrate with us!
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Saturday, October 19

Get ready for cold and flu season as we discuss various ways to prevent and alleviate cold symptoms while we make fire cider and syrups for everyone.
COST: $20 per participant.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Sunday, October 20

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Monday, October 21

Knee-high Naturalist: Birds of Prey
@ 10:15am (ages 2–5)
Did you know that birds can be fierce flying hunters? In this class we will explore the lives of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures and what makes them special.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: The Dirt on Soil
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Understanding what your plants get from the ground is half the battle to becoming a good gardener. We will dig deep into the secret life of soil and how we can compost to turn our trash into great soil for plants. (compost, soil layers and textures, watering techniques)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Tuesday, October 22

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Wednesday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Thursday, October 24

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Friday, October 25

Tyke Hikes: It’s Fall!
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
A new season brings new things to see and new ways to play outside! Let’s explore what is growing in the garden and what creatures are hiding there.
COST: Free with admission.

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Saturday, October 26

Miss Spider is hosting a tea party! Be her guest as we make a spidery snack cake, create a spider puppet, and read the book Miss Spider’s Tea Party. Everyone will discover some cool things about bugs, play some games and enjoy a festive tea party. *This program is held in Waterfall Junction Learning Center in the Botanical Garden.
COST: $15 per child (adults are free).

 
Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Sunday, October 27

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Monday, October 28

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Tuesday, October 29

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

Wednesday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Make tracks to Riverbanks for the Zoo’s annual Halloween spook-tacular. Guests will enjoy 13 wild nights of safe, affordable, family-friendly activities. Trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, frolic in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, rock the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, plus much more. For an additional charge, guests can also toast s’mores, take a spin on the Haunted Carousel or hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad.
COST: $9 Riverbanks members / $11 general public / children younger than 2 free.
On Sale September 1  More Info

November 2019

Friday, November 1

Knee-high Naturalist: Sea Turtles
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Let’s dive into the mysterious lives of sea turtles! Did you know these majestic creatures have existed since the time of dinosaurs? They spend their whole lives in the ocean, only touching land as hatchlings running for the sea or as females returning to lay eggs.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 2

Using dried herbs and beans from the garden, we will create edible mixes to use for dips, meats and soups.
COST: $20 per participant.

Friday, November 8

Nature Art: Painting Leaves
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Nature is colorful! In this class we will explore color through the changing leaves. We will use nature’s colors in our art and add some colors of our own imaginings.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 11

Knee-high Naturalist: Sea Turtles
@ 10:15am (ages 2–5)
Let’s dive into the mysterious lives of sea turtles! Did you know these majestic creatures have existed since the time of dinosaurs? They spend their whole lives in the ocean, only touching land as hatchlings running for the sea or as females returning to lay eggs.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Practical Gardening
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Most homeowners don’t have a huge space for growing vegetables, so this class will teach children how to grow a few plants in small spaces, containers and other creative ways. We will also get hands-on experience handling transplants and getting plants from the greenhouse to the ground. (containers, soil bag gardening, square foot gardening)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 15

Knee-high Naturalist: Turkey Tales
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
We are talking turkey this month. For example, did you know that a turkey’s head and neck will change color with his mood? Join us to learn more about this amazing bird.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 16

Learn tips and tricks for cooking with cast iron as we demonstrate how to cook several different types of food using traditional cast iron cookware.
COST: $15 per participant.

Monday, November 18

Knee-high Naturalist: Sea Turtles
@ 10:15am (ages 2–5)
Let’s dive into the mysterious lives of sea turtles! Did you know these majestic creatures have existed since the time of dinosaurs? They spend their whole lives in the ocean, only touching land as hatchlings running for the sea or as females returning to lay eggs.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Practical Gardening
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Most homeowners don’t have a huge space for growing vegetables, so this class will teach children how to grow a few plants in small spaces, containers and other creative ways. We will also get hands-on experience handling transplants and getting plants from the greenhouse to the ground. (containers, soil bag gardening, square foot gardening)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, November 22

Tyke Hikes: Our Wild Neighbors
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Do you know your wild neighbors? On this hike we will look for the animals or signs of the animals who live around us.
COST: Free with admission.

Saturday, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, November 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

December 2019

Sunday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 2

What do frogs do in winter? Where do the hummingbirds and dragonflies go? In this class we will explore the different ways animals cope with cold weather.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Plant Needs
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
If a plant’s needs are met, you can make it grow anywhere, anytime! We will talk about tricky ways to make a plant grow when you want it as we make plant people and force bulbs to bloom out of season.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 4

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 6

Nature Art: Weaving with Nature
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us for a wintery walk as we explore the forest. We will weave our finds together into a one of a kind work of art.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 7

Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $25 per participant.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 9

What do frogs do in winter? Where do the hummingbirds and dragonflies go? In this class we will explore the different ways animals cope with cold weather.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Garden Homeschool: Plant Needs
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
If a plant’s needs are met, you can make it grow anywhere, anytime! We will talk about tricky ways to make a plant grow when you want it as we make plant people and force bulbs to bloom out of season.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 11

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 13

What do frogs do in winter? Where do the hummingbirds and dragonflies go? In this class we will explore the different ways animals cope with cold weather.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 14

Celebrate winter before seeing the Lights Before Christmas. Enjoy hot apple cider as you play in our snow sensory bin or do the reindeer ring toss and snowball toss. Every child will make an ornament and get to meet an animal ambassador too. *Held in the Farm Classroom in the Zoo.
COST: $10 per child (adults are free).

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Wednesday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 20

Tyke Hikes: I Spy in the Forest
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Many trees lose their leaves in the winter. That means we can see more of the forest and sometimes more of the animals that live in the trees because they have fewer places to hide. Let’s play a game of I-Spy in the Riverbanks forest.
COST: Free with admission.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Thursday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Friday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Saturday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Sunday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

Monday, December 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Riverbanks will celebrate 32 years of Lights Before Christmas when Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition kicks off this November. The Zoo will illuminate select nights with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images. Guests are invited to meander through the park while soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
On Sale November 1  More Info

January 2020

Monday, January 13

Garden Homeschool: Hydroponics
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. We will create mini-hydroponics containers for the kids to grow their own lettuce while discussing the importance of knowing what nutrients a plant needs to thrive and the benefits of growing a plant without soil.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, January 27

Garden Homeschool: Hydroponics
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. We will create mini-hydroponics containers for the kids to grow their own lettuce while discussing the importance of knowing what nutrients a plant needs to thrive and the benefits of growing a plant without soil.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

February 2020

Monday, February 10

Garden Homeschool: Propagation
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Plants naturally reproduce to keep on growing. We will experiment with different ways of growing new plants from seed, roots, leaves and stems. (mini-greenhouse, gallon greenhouse)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 24

Garden Homeschool: Propagation
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Plants naturally reproduce to keep on growing. We will experiment with different ways of growing new plants from seed, roots, leaves and stems. (mini-greenhouse, gallon greenhouse)
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

March 2020

Monday, March 16

Garden Homeschool: Harvesting
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Growing your own veggies is only good if you know how to properly harvest, use and store them! We will harvest different vegetables and herbs and make a tasty treat fresh from the garden.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 23

Garden Homeschool: Harvesting
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Growing your own veggies is only good if you know how to properly harvest, use and store them! We will harvest different vegetables and herbs and make a tasty treat fresh from the garden.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

April 2020

Monday, April 20

Garden Homeschool: Beneficial Insects
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Insects go hand-in-hand with gardening. Learning which bugs are our friends and which to watch out for leads to a healthier environment for the plants in your garden.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 27

Garden Homeschool: Beneficial Insects
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Insects go hand-in-hand with gardening. Learning which bugs are our friends and which to watch out for leads to a healthier environment for the plants in your garden.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

May 2020

Monday, May 4

Garden Homeschool: Medicinal Plants
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Many traditional medicines are rooted in herbs that are commonly grown in gardens. We will explore the healing world of herbs and how different parts of plants can be used in a variety of ways to form salves, syrups and teas.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, May 18

Garden Homeschool: Medicinal Plants
@ 1:30–2:45pm (ages 7–13)
Many traditional medicines are rooted in herbs that are commonly grown in gardens. We will explore the healing world of herbs and how different parts of plants can be used in a variety of ways to form salves, syrups and teas.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.