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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.

November 2019

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.
Registration Closed  Tyke Hikes

Saturday, November 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

 

@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.

Sunday, November 24

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, November 25

Zoo Homeschool: Coastal Carolina
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Dive deeper to understand marine environments and explore how the decisions we make every day affect watery habitats.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, November 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Friday, November 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Saturday, November 30

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

December 2019

Sunday, December 1

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 2

Zoo Homeschool: Conservation Superheroes
@ 10:00–11:15am (ages 5–12)
Discover the inspiring people and programs that tirelessly work to conserve wild places and species.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Wildlife in Winter
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
What do frogs do in winter? Where do the hummingbirds and dragonflies go? Explore the different ways animals cope when the temperature drops.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 5

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

 
Bezoojeweled Girl Scout Event Overnight
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
Come and BeZooJeweled! This “girls only” Scout Program for Daisies through Cadettes will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities that will earn credits towards badge requirements and journeys. Meet the “bling” of the jungle and the "jewels" of the rainforest! The overnight will also include a beaded or bejeweled-themed SWAPs meet, s’more evening snack, continental breakfast, behind-the-scenes tour, Lights Before Christmas activities and park admission the following day.
Cost: $70/scout, includes a Wild About Scouts Patch; $60/adult.

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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

 
Bezoojeweled Girl Scout Event Overnight
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
Come and BeZooJeweled! This “girls only” Scout Program for Daisies through Cadettes will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities that will earn credits towards badge requirements and journeys. Meet the “bling” of the jungle and the "jewels" of the rainforest! The overnight will also include a beaded or bejeweled-themed SWAPs meet, s’more evening snack, continental breakfast, behind-the-scenes tour, Lights Before Christmas activities and park admission the following day.
Cost: $70/scout, includes a Wild About Scouts Patch; $60/adult.

Sunday, December 8

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 9

Zoo Homeschool: Conservation Superheroes
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Discover the inspiring people and programs that tirelessly work to conserve wild places and species.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Wildlife in Winter
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
What do frogs do in winter? Where do the hummingbirds and dragonflies go? Explore the different ways animals cope when the temperature drops.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 12

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

 
Family on Safari: Holiday Special Edition (Zoo)
@ 6:00pm until 10:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Ring in the season with a new holiday tradition! Families will have the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors, participate in Lights Before Christmas activities, make treats for the Zoo’s farm animals, go behind the scenes and enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus. A pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting, continental breakfast, and admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the following day are also included.
COST: $60 Riverbanks members / $65 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.

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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Sunday, December 15

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 16

Zoo Homeschool: Conservation Superheroes
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Discover the inspiring people and programs that tirelessly work to conserve wild places and species.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Wednesday, December 18

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 19

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

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
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Saturday, December 21

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Sunday, December 22

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 23

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Thursday, December 26

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Friday, December 27

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Saturday, December 28

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Sunday, December 29

Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Monday, December 30

ZooLife: Penguin Health
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Dive into fun while learning what it takes to care for these birds that fly through water.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

 
Lights Before Christmas
@ 5:00–9:00pm
Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.

Tuesday, December 31

ZooLife: Penguin Exhibit Design
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Dive into fun while learning what it takes to care for these birds that fly through water.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

January 2020

Thursday, January 2

ZooLife: Penguin Enrichment
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Dive into fun while learning what it takes to care for these birds that fly through water.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, January 3

ZooLife: Penguin Conservation
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Dive into fun while learning what it takes to care for these birds that fly through water.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, January 10

All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, January 13

Little Learners Homeschool: Water Wonderings
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Found in Nature
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Investigate where the natural resources we use in our day-to-day lives originate and the ways we manage their use.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, January 17

Nature Art: Art with Water
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Let’s brighten this winter day with an exploration of color and water. We will try different ways of mixing water and color to create art.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, January 20

ZooLife: Shark Exhibit Design
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Peek under the ocean and behind the scenes to explore the life of an aquarist caring for sharks.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, January 24

Would you like to learn more about the animals behind the glass in the Aquarium-Reptile Complex? Let’s dive in and take a closer look at some of the Zoo’s smallest residents such as fish, urchins, frogs and geckos.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, January 25

Nova Wild Cub Scout Day
@ 9:00am–5:00pm
Go NOVA with us as you spend a fun-filled day at the Zoo working toward Cub Scout electives. Scouts will encounter animal ambassadors, participate in station activities, meet with a Zoo professional, and watch a science movie. Grade-specific elective programs are available to complete as well. Do as little or as much as you want on Scout Day!

Download program schedule.

Cost: $20/scout, includes a Wild About Scouts Patch.

Monday, January 27

Little Learners Homeschool: Water Wonderings
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Found in Nature
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Investigate where the natural resources we use in our day-to-day lives originate and the ways we manage their use.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, January 31

Let’s take a hike in the wintery woods to see if we can spy dens, nests, burrows or other animal hiding places.
COST: Free with admission.

February 2020

Friday, February 7

What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 10

Little Learners Homeschool: Being a Green Kid
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Going Green
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Apply your conservation knowledge to adopt new green practices and discover sustainable technologies.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, February 14

Show your love for the animals by making Valentine’s Day enrichment treats to give to wildlife.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 17

ZooLife: Shark Health
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Peek under the ocean and behind the scenes to explore the life of an aquarist caring for sharks.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, February 21

Porcupines, skunks, slugs and snakes all have one thing in common. They are not huggable! Come learn what makes these unhuggable animals special and why they need our love too.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 22

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo as we explore the diversity of our furry friends while working on the Boy Scout Mammal Study Merit Badge. Boy Scout Workshops include a brief interactive educational program, live animal encounters, activities and a staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Zoo.
COST: $12 per Scout or siblings. Zoo admission is not included and will be required.

Monday, February 24

Little Learners Homeschool: Being a Green Kid
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Going Green
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Apply your conservation knowledge to adopt new green practices and discover sustainable technologies.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, February 28

Tyke Hikes: Alphabet Hike
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
We will be hunting for the alphabet on this walk, looking for things in nature that start with the letters from A to Z. We might even see the alphabet in the trees or in a spider’s web!
COST: Free with admission.

March 2020

Friday, March 6

Knee-high Naturalist: Wild Wolves
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Wolves might seem big and scary, but they are not so different from you. They live with families. They share meals together, and they all look after the little ones. Join us to discover more about the largest members of the dog family.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 9

Zoo Homeschool: Back from the Brink
@ 10:00–11:15am (ages 5–12)
Explore the species locally and globally that have successfully begun to recover after previously facing extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, March 13

Nature Art: Twirling Twigs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Create a colorful, twirling, twig mobile from sticks and yarn to bring some whimsy to an indoor or outdoor space.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 16

Little Learners Homeschool: Wild Wolves
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Wolves might seem big and scary, but they are not so different from you. They live with families. They share meals together, and they all look after the little ones. Join us to discover more about the largest members of the dog family.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Knee-high Naturalist: Wild Wolves
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Wolves might seem big and scary, but they are not so different from you. They live with families. They share meals together, and they all look after the little ones. Join us to discover more about the largest members of the dog family.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Back from the Brink
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Explore the species locally and globally that have successfully begun to recover after previously facing extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, March 20

Did you know that grizzly bears can eat 90 pounds of food a day? That’s about 18,000 blueberries! How do keepers keep up with those huge appetites? Come learn more about our brother bears.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 23

Little Learners Homeschool: Wild Wolves
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Wolves might seem big and scary, but they are not so different from you. They live with families. They share meals together, and they all look after the little ones. Join us to discover more about the largest members of the dog family.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Knee-high Naturalist: Wild Wolves
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Wolves might seem big and scary, but they are not so different from you. They live with families. They share meals together, and they all look after the little ones. Join us to discover more about the largest members of the dog family.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Back from the Brink
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Explore the species locally and globally that have successfully begun to recover after previously facing extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, March 27

Tyke Hikes: Sensory Walk
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Sight, smell, hearing, touch and even taste will be explored on this walk through the five senses!
COST: Free with admission.

April 2020

Friday, April 3

It’s springtime in the garden! How do gardeners help plants grow? Learn how you can help a seed grow into a plant that you can eat and plant a seed to take home!
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 6

Zoo Homeschool: Powerful Pollinators
@ 10:00–11:15am (ages 5–12)
Learn the important role of bees, butterflies, bugs and birds in the health of our planet and construct a pollinator hotel to welcome them to your yard this spring.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, April 7

ZooLife: Bear Health
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Wednesday, April 8

ZooLife: Bear Exhibit Design
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Thursday, April 9

ZooLife: Bear Enrichment
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, April 10

ZooLife: Bear Conservation
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

 
Nature Art: Color from Nature
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Did you know you can make paints and dyes from things in nature? In this class you will learn how to make colors from objects found in nature.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Tuesday, April 14

ZooLife: Bear Health
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Wednesday, April 15

ZooLife: Bear Exhibit Design
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Thursday, April 16

ZooLife: Bear Enrichment
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

Friday, April 17

ZooLife: Bear Conservation
@ 9:00am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic bears.
COST: $45 members / $60 general public.

 
Knee-high Naturalist: Busy Bees
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Why are the bees so busy? Fly, buzz, collect pollen, waggle-dance and more as we investigate the busy lives of bees.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 20

Little Learners Homeschool: Busy Bees
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Why are the bees so busy? Fly, buzz, collect pollen, waggle-dance and more as we investigate the busy lives of bees.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Knee-high Naturalist: Busy Bees
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Why are the bees so busy? Fly, buzz, collect pollen, waggle-dance and more as we investigate the busy lives of bees.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Powerful Pollinators
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Learn the important role of bees, butterflies, bugs and birds in the health of our planet and construct a pollinator hotel to welcome them to your yard this spring.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, April 24

Tyke Hikes: How to Thank a Tree
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Trees are amazing! Not only do they make oxygen for us to breathe, but they also help keep our planet cooler! On this Earth Day hike, we will say thank you by planting baby trees and learning how to care for them.
COST: Free with admission.

Saturday, April 25

Girl Scout Overnight: Camping 101
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
New to camping? Join us at Riverbanks Botanical Garden to set up a tent, roast marshmallows and sleep on the lawn at Waterfall Junction. Girl Scouts will learn some basic camping skills including Leave No Trace principles, how to create solar ovens and purify water. Four-person tents and foam mats are provided as well as pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting and water play in the Aflac Splash Zone at Waterfall Junction (weather dependent).

Monday, April 27

Little Learners Homeschool: Busy Bees
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Why are the bees so busy? Fly, buzz, collect pollen, waggle-dance and more as we investigate the busy lives of bees.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Knee-high Naturalist: Busy Bees
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Why are the bees so busy? Fly, buzz, collect pollen, waggle-dance and more as we investigate the busy lives of bees.
COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Zoo Homeschool: Powerful Pollinators
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Learn the important role of bees, butterflies, bugs and birds in the health of our planet and construct a pollinator hotel to welcome them to your yard this spring.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Friday, May 8

Girl Scout Overnight: Coastal Close Up
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Join us for a splashing good time as we learn about seals and sea lions, ocean life, aquatic habitats and how each of us can do our part to protect the ocean. Groups will enjoy exploration through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour before heading to bed inside Sea Lion Landing.

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.

June 2020

Saturday, June 6

Girl Scout Overnight: Nature’s Night Owls
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
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 nightlife 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.