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Virtual Programs

Visit Riverbanks through the help of the web!

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

Home Sweet Habitat

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.

What’s for Dinner?

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

Investigating Adaptations (2nd Grade)

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

SC State Standards: 2.S.1, 2.L.5A.2

Wildlife’s Wild Senses (4th Grade)

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

SC State Standards: 4.S.1A.4, 4.S.1A.6, 4.S.1A.7, 4.L.5B.1

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $50 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 40 participants.

  • Program Length :

    45 minutes.

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Distance Learning Units

Help your students go deeper in learning with this series of virtual classes. Riverbanks’ educators will encourage your students to engage with the content as they complete a project-based learning unit.

Available Programs

On the Map

Help the Zoo solve the problem of guests getting lost while looking for their favorite animals. Students will learn basic map skills and about beloved species at Riverbanks.

Junior Conservationists

Our South Carolina species need heroes. Students will explore conservation issues and design solutions to protect local species.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $150 per program series. Includes 3 virtual classes and teacher support in-between.

  • Capacity :

    1 class.

  • Program Length :

    Each of the three classes is 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.