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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 2019

Monday, September 16

Zoo Homeschool: Disappearing Dinos
@ 10:00–11:15am (ages 5–12)
Explore the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth and the environmental changes that pushed them towards extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Closed  Homeschool Programs

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Digging for Dinos
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Do you dig dinosaurs? Discover some fascinating facts about these beasts of long ago and meet some of our living animal ambassadors with dinosaur-like traits.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.
Registration Closed  Homeschool Programs

 
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.
Registration Closed  Knee-high Naturalist

 
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.
Registration Closed  Homeschool Programs

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.

Monday, September 23

Zoo Homeschool: Disappearing Dinos
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Explore the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth and the environmental changes that pushed them towards extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Digging for Dinos
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Do you dig dinosaurs? Discover some fascinating facts about these beasts of long ago and meet some of our living animal ambassadors with dinosaur-like traits.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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.

Saturday, September 28

Trees can tower taller than the Statue of Liberty or be small enough to sit in the corner of your living room. Discover the wonders and importance of these green friends through interactive stations, a live animal encounter and staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Botanical Garden. This workshop is interactive and designed to help with achievements and merit badge requirements.

This program will cover portions of the following: Daisy – Clover; Junior – Gardener; Cadette – Trees.

COST: $12/scout or sibling and $0/adult; gate admission must be purchased separately for all group members.

Monday, September 30

Zoo Homeschool: Disappearing Dinos
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Explore the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth and the environmental changes that pushed them towards extinction.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

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

Zoo Homeschool: Take to the Skies
@ 10:00–11:15am (ages 5–12)
Embark on an avian adventure exploring the adaptations that allow birds to take flight.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Birds of Prey
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Did you know that birds can be fierce flying hunters? Explore the lives of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures to learn what makes them special.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Monday, October 21

Zoo Homeschool: Take to the Skies
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Embark on an avian adventure exploring the adaptations that allow birds to take flight.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Birds of Prey
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Did you know that birds can be fierce flying hunters? Explore the lives of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures to learn what makes them special.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

Monday, October 28

Zoo Homeschool: Take to the Skies
@ 10:00–11:15am / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 5–12)
Embark on an avian adventure exploring the adaptations that allow birds to take flight.
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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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: $11 Riverbanks members / $13 general public / children younger than 2 free.

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.

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

Zoo Homeschool: Coastal Carolina
@ 10:00–11:15am (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.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Sea Turtles
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Dive into the mysterious lives of sea turtles! Learn how these ocean dwelling creatures spend their lives in their marine environment.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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

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.

 
Little Learners Homeschool: Sea Turtles
@ 10:15–11:00am (ages 2–5 with an adult)
Dive into the mysterious lives of sea turtles! Learn how these ocean dwelling creatures spend their lives in their marine environment.
COST: $8 per participating student. Plus admission for general public.

 
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

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
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

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
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

 
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
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

 
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
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

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
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

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
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

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.

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!

The day at the Zoo will encompass the “Nova Wild” portion of the NOVA award.

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

Monday, January 27

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.

February 2020

Monday, February 10

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.

Monday, February 24

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.

March 2020

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.

Monday, March 16

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.

Monday, March 23

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.

April 2020

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.

Monday, April 20

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.

Monday, April 27

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.

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.