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Virtual Programs

Visit Riverbanks through the help of the web! The following programs are offered September – May. For summer distance learning offerings and details, please contact us.

Distance Learning Summer Programs

Available Programs

Tails from Riverbanks

Just as every human has their own story, so does each animal that lives at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Join us to hear about some of our animals’ most interesting stories, from one of our most successful mothers to tales of the oldest residents of the Zoo.

Riverbanks Careers

Want to work for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden when you grow up? Meet some of our talented staff, watch them in action, unpack the tools of the trade and discover there’s more than just zookeeper opportunities within the gates of Riverbanks.

Zoo Scene Investigator

Zoo staff have found a mysterious item at Riverbanks Zoo. Put on your detective hat, find a pencil and notebook, and get ready to help us peel back the layers for clues. Along the way we will explore biofacts and meet education animal ambassadors up-close as we try to uncover the truth.

ZOOm Pop-In ($55 reduced program fee)

Missing the Zoo and a chance to engage with our wildlife up close? Enjoy a 15-minute virtual visit from a Riverbanks’ animal ambassador. Get the inside scoop on its story, how it survives in the wild, and how we provide excellent care for all the animals at Riverbanks.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $115 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 100 participants.

  • Program Length :

    45 minutes (15 minutes for ZOOm POP-INS).

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Distance Learning Tours

Join an educator on a tour of part of Riverbanks’ campus. These 30-minute experiences are a great introduction to the wildlife and wild places represented at the Zoo and Garden.

Available Programs

Conservation around the World (Middle/High School)

Take a trip with us around the Zoo and world. We will explore how animals are adapted to different environments, how humans impact their populations, and the small changes each of us can make daily to help conserve wildlife.

Fur, Feather, Scales (Elementary)

Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and coverings. Join us for a wild tour as we discuss animal characteristics that help us identify and group things in nature.

Home Sweet Habitat (Elementary)

From the ocean to the mountains, wetlands to desert, Earth is covered in beautiful landscapes that living things call home. Students will see what makes each home unique and how plants and animals function within these habitats.

Playful Primates (Elementary)

Monkeys and apes never fail to amaze us with their super strength, expressive faces, and playful behavior. Come observe what makes these animals uniquely different yet the same.

Riverbanks Careers (Middle/High School)

Ever wondered about the people and careers that make Riverbanks work? Take a tour with us to discover the teamwork and talented people that run the Zoo.

What’s for Dinner? (Elementary)

Teeth, beaks or even swallowing food whole, dinner time in the animal kingdom looks different from you and I. Explore the varied diets of animals around the world in this virtual lesson and tour.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $35 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 100 participants.

  • Program Length :

    30 minutes.

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Distance Learning Classes

Let Riverbanks bring classes to you with the help of the web. These 45-minute classes will cover the same great content with interactive activities and animal ambassadors.

Available Programs

Captivating Corals (Elementary/Middle)

Take a dive below the ocean surface to discover the wonder of corals. Discover the basics of coral structures and how Riverbanks is helping these threatened species and habitats in the wild.

Investigating Adaptations (Elementary/Middle)

Students will put their observation skills to the test as they investigate how Riverbanks’ species are adapted for survival.

Wildlife’s Wild Senses (Elementary/Middle)

Animal senses are amazing, often far better than ours. Students will see which animal sense reigns supreme in our ultimate Supreme Senses Tournament!

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $50 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 40 participants.

  • Program Length :

    45 minutes.

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ZOOm visits

Connect to the wild side at your next virtual business meeting, birthday party or happy hour with a ZOOm Visit! Invite one of Riverbanks’ animal ambassadors as your special guest on Zoom, and we’ll provide the edu-tainment.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $100 donation.

  • Capacity :

    Up to virtual meeting host or 100 participants if Riverbanks hosts.

  • Program Length :

    15 minutes.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received three weeks in advance of the event to receive a refund of your registration. Requests must be submitted in writing at education@riverbanks.org Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a 10% processing fee for cancellations.

In the rare event that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden must cancel the scheduled event, all deposits or money received will be reimbursed or an option to reschedule will be provided. Notifications of cancellation will be provided at least ten days prior to the scheduled event (unless weather-related). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is not liable for any other expenses that the guest may have incurred in the preparation and execution of the event.

Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

Don’t see something that meets your needs? We will create custom programs for your group. Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance. A nominal development fee will be charged.

Interested in college level programs? Please contact the Education Department at 803.602.0803.

Questions about Virtual Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.