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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.

September 2020

Monday, September 21

Worms can help turn your kitchen scraps into nutrient rich gifts for your garden! Families will create a small compost bin to take home while learning how to compost effectively in both worm bins and traditional composting bins.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).
Registration Closed  Homeschool Programs

Thursday, September 24

Join us for an informal stroll through the Botanical Garden as we discuss the tips and tricks used by the pros to keep your garden looking good year-round.
COST: $15 per person, pre-registration required.

Friday, September 25

Support Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and wildlife conservation from the comfort of your home during Riverbanks’ virtual ZOOfari featuring a multi-day online auction showcasing an array of items generously donated by local entrepreneurs, plus exciting one-of-a-kind Zoo and Garden experiences—all to benefit Riverbanks’ role in animal care and conservation. The auction will culminate in a livestream wrap-up on Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm. Enhance your ZOOfari experience with the purchase of a Cocktails & Cuisine dining package for two, plus enjoy exclusive access to a private Zoom with Riverbanks’ staff and special guests. Learn more.

Monday, September 28

Homeschool Class: Outback Odyssey
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
The land down under is a place of wonder, home to unique habitats and biomes. Students will journey through gum forests and into the outback as they visit marsupials, large lizards, and colorful birds.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

October 2020

Thursday, October 1

Hoppy Hour at the Zoo
@ 6:00–9:00pm
Let down your “hare” as you sip, stroll, and take in the sights and sounds of Riverbanks after hours. Food, brews, and wines will be available for purchase. Timed tickets required. No one under 21 will be admitted.
COST: $7 Riverbanks members / $10 general public.

Friday, October 2

Knee-high Naturalist: Monarchs on the Move
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Millions of monarch butterflies are beginning to fly south as cooler weather arrives in South Carolina. These butterflies will fly more than 2,000 miles to Mexico where they will spend the winter before returning north in the Spring.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 3

Knee-high Naturalist: Monarchs on the Move
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Millions of monarch butterflies are beginning to fly south as cooler weather arrives in South Carolina. These butterflies will fly more than 2,000 miles to Mexico where they will spend the winter before returning north in the Spring.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, October 5

Pumpkins can make a perfect planter to grow more pumpkins! We will learn all about plant life cycles, seed germination and decomposition as we turn miniature pumpkins into planters.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Saturday, October 10

Join us to discover what immune boosting and health promoting plants might be growing just outside your door. We will make a soothing cough syrup and explore a variety of teas to help you prepare for cold and flu season.
COST: $20 per person, pre-registration required.

Monday, October 12

Homeschool Class: Savanna Safari
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Africa is known for its expansive savanna and the large mammals that call it home. Come discover why this impressive biome is the perfect home for rhinos, giraffes, baboons, pythons, and more at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 16

Knee-high Naturalist: Night Dwellers
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Fall means days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. Creatures that love the night have more time to play! Come find out what animals are up while you sleep!
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 17

Knee-high Naturalist: Night Dwellers
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Fall means days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. Creatures that love the night have more time to play! Come find out what animals are up while you sleep!
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, October 23

Create a unique pumpkin for your family while learning all about the giant fruit through games, activities and story time. We will provide the paint, markers and various craft materials for each family to decorate a pumpkin.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Saturday, October 24

Create a unique pumpkin for your family while learning all about the giant fruit through games, activities and story time. We will provide the paint, markers and various craft materials for each family to decorate a pumpkin.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Monday, October 26

Homeschool Class: Savanna Safari
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Africa is known for its expansive savanna and the large mammals that call it home. Come discover why this impressive biome is the perfect home for rhinos, giraffes, baboons, pythons, and more at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

November 2020

Tuesday, November 3

ZooLife: Cat Husbandry
@ 8:30am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
Explore the many captivating cats found around the world and close to home at Riverbanks.
COST: $35 members / $40 general public.

Friday, November 6

Knee-high Naturalist: Grizzly Bears
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Did you know that grizzly bears can eat 90 pounds of food a day? That’s about 18,000 blueberries! How do the keepers keep up with those huge appetites? Come learn more about our brother bears.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 7

Knee-high Naturalist: Grizzly Bears
@ 10:30–11:30am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Did you know that grizzly bears can eat 90 pounds of food a day? That’s about 18,000 blueberries! How do the keepers keep up with those huge appetites? Come learn more about our brother bears.
COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 9

Homeschool Class: Temperate Trek
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Temperate Forests are here in our own backyard, but how much do we really know about the animals and plants that share our spaces? Join the hike as we walk through our local forest to discover the treasures hidden within.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, November 16

Stems are amazing mini highways that transport food and water throughout plants. We will get a closer look at how capillary action works, and everyone will create a model of a stem to take home.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Friday, November 20

This month we will be celebrating the harvest as we do some traditional fall games centered on the amazing things that we get from the garden.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Saturday, November 21

This month we will be celebrating the harvest as we do some traditional fall games centered on the amazing things that we get from the garden.
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Monday, November 23

Homeschool Class: Temperate Trek
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Temperate Forests are here in our own backyard, but how much do we really know about the animals and plants that share our spaces? Join the hike as we walk through our local forest to discover the treasures hidden within.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

December 2020

Friday, December 4

Create some seasonal ornaments using gifts from Mother Nature during this hands-on, crafty program for kids. Of course, we will have fake snow and wintery games to get you in the spirit of the season as well!
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Saturday, December 5

Create some seasonal ornaments using gifts from Mother Nature during this hands-on, crafty program for kids. Of course, we will have fake snow and wintery games to get you in the spirit of the season as well!
COST: $20 per family (up to 6 people max per family).

Friday, December 11

Create a unique wreath out of greenery from Riverbanks’ campus. With more than a dozen types of fresh greenery and unusual seed pods for accents, each wreath is a true expression of your individuality!
COST: $20 per person, pre-registration required.

Saturday, December 12

Adult Garden Workshops: Holiday Wreath Workshop
@ 10:00–11:30am / 1:00–2:30pm
Create a unique wreath out of greenery from Riverbanks’ campus. With more than a dozen types of fresh greenery and unusual seed pods for accents, each wreath is a true expression of your individuality!
COST: $20 per person, pre-registration required.

Monday, December 21

ZooLife: Bear Husbandry
@ 8:30am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic giants.
COST: $35 members / $40 general public.

Tuesday, December 22

ZooLife: Bear Exhibit Design
@ 8:30am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic giants.
COST: $35 members / $40 general public.

Wednesday, December 23

ZooLife: Bear Conservation
@ 8:30am–4:00pm (K–4th Grade)
If you can bear-ly contain your excitement for grizzlies come discover how Riverbanks cares for these charismatic giants.
COST: $35 members / $40 general public.

February 2021

Monday, February 8

Homeschool Class: Sailing the Southern Seas
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
While all oceans share spectacular wildlife, the Southern Ocean holds its own mysteries below its brilliant blue waters. Students will voyage through the seas to discover what characteristics set it apart from all other places on the planet.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, February 22

Homeschool Class: Sailing the Southern Seas
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
While all oceans share spectacular wildlife, the Southern Ocean holds its own mysteries below its brilliant blue waters. Students will voyage through the seas to discover what characteristics set it apart from all other places on the planet.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

March 2021

Monday, March 8

Homeschool Class: Touring the Taigas
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Asia’s vast taiga (boreal forest) is the largest land biome on earth extending into Europe. Join the excursion as we travel through towering evergreens in search of tigers, brown bears, Eurasian eagle owls, otters, and more.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, March 22

Homeschool Class: Touring the Taigas
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Asia’s vast taiga (boreal forest) is the largest land biome on earth extending into Europe. Join the excursion as we travel through towering evergreens in search of tigers, brown bears, Eurasian eagle owls, otters, and more.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

April 2021

Monday, April 12

Homeschool Class: Rainforest Romp
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Madagascar or the “red island” is known for leaping lemurs, red soils, and strange rock formations; however, its hidden gem is its lowland rainforests with stunning orchids and colorful chameleons. Join the expedition as we explore this amazing ecosystem.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

Monday, April 26

Homeschool Class: Rainforest Romp
@ 10:30am–12:00pm / 1:30–3:00pm (ages 5–9)
Madagascar or the “red island” is known for leaping lemurs, red soils, and strange rock formations; however, its hidden gem is its lowland rainforests with stunning orchids and colorful chameleons. Join the expedition as we explore this amazing ecosystem.
COST: $10 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.