Garden Programs

Riverbanks Botanical Garden offers an array of opportunities for kids and adults with a love for learning to dig up fascinating facts about native and exotic plant life at Riverbanks and beyond. Expert horticulturists engage participants with hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Garden programs are available for ages 2 through adult. Come grow with us!

Registration Policy:

  • Pre-registration is required for all activities. Available programs may be registered for via the eTickets Store. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY PHONE.
  • Register early. Space is limited for all activities.
  • Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation will be sent when you are placed in the activity. If an activity is filled, your payment will be refunded.
  • Cancellations and refunds: Written cancellations must be received at least two weeks before the scheduled program date in order to receive a refund or to reschedule your reservation. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than two weeks before the program date. Refunds will be given if the program needs to be cancelled by Riverbanks due to weather, low enrollment, etc.

For more information on Garden Programs or other educational opportunities in the Garden, please contact our Garden Staff at 803.602.0813.

Backyard Buds (ages 2–5 with an adult)

Garden adventures for kids that includes a lesson, craft and story.

Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, general admission tickets will also be required.

Location: Waterfall Junction Learning Center.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

September 2017

Thursday, September 28

Lucky Ladybugs
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Ladybugs are supposed to bring luck. They definitely are beneficial to the garden. We will discover the superhero qualities of the lucky ladybug!

Lucky Ladybugs
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Ladybugs are supposed to bring luck. They definitely are beneficial to the garden. We will discover the superhero qualities of the lucky ladybug!

October 2017

Thursday, October 5

Magnificent Millipedes
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
This is the time to celebrate the creepy crawlies of the garden! Millipedes have many special characteristics to help them survive. Let’s take an up-close look at magnificent millipedes!

Magnificent Millipedes
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
This is the time to celebrate the creepy crawlies of the garden! Millipedes have many special characteristics to help them survive. Let’s take an up-close look at magnificent millipedes!

Thursday, October 19

Pumpkin Palooza
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
It is pumpkins galore at this palooza! We will be investigating different types of pumpkins, counting pumpkin seeds, tasting pumpkin food and decorating a mini pumpkin to take home.

Thursday, October 26

Pumpkin Palooza
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
It is pumpkins galore at this palooza! We will be investigating different types of pumpkins, counting pumpkin seeds, tasting pumpkin food and decorating a mini pumpkin to take home.

Pumpkin Palooza
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
It is pumpkins galore at this palooza! We will be investigating different types of pumpkins, counting pumpkin seeds, tasting pumpkin food and decorating a mini pumpkin to take home.

November 2017

Thursday, November 9

Leaf Exploration
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Leaves are all around us, and they are falling off the trees. Explore leaf shapes, sizes, colors and more as we play games, make art and do some leaf experiments.

Leaf Exploration
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Leaves are all around us, and they are falling off the trees. Explore leaf shapes, sizes, colors and more as we play games, make art and do some leaf experiments.

Thursday, November 16

Thanksgiving Celebration
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
It is a time to celebrate as we give thanks, make turkey crafts and explore the harvest that led to our first Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Celebration
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
It is a time to celebrate as we give thanks, make turkey crafts and explore the harvest that led to our first Thanksgiving dinner.

December 2017

Thursday, December 7

Marvelous Magnets
@ 9:45–10:30am (ages 2–5)
Magnets are a marvelous part of the Earth. We will experiment and play games with magnets, as well as make some magnetic art!

Marvelous Magnets
@ 11:00–11:45am (ages 2–5)
Magnets are a marvelous part of the Earth. We will experiment and play games with magnets, as well as make some magnetic art!

Junior Master Gardeners for Homeschool (ages 7–12)

JMG provides an opportunity for youth to interact and bond with nature through hands-on gardening, scientific experiments and arts. The program explores the broader picture of gardening, including native wildlife, harvesting, and using fresh food from the garden. Both groups observe and learn about the trees and native plants in the area while gaining valuable gardening skills. This session meets the first three Wednesdays of each month beginning in September. Students complete certification for the entire program during this time.

Level 1 (ages 7–9) explores insects, plant life, fruits and vegetables, design and more.

Level 2 (ages 10–12) focuses on plant growth and propagation methods, as well as the effects of soil and water cycles on plants.

For more information, please call 803.602.0813 or email asegura@riverbanks.org.

Cost: $200 per child. Includes handbook, T-shirt, and supplies.

Location: Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Drop-off at the Garden Ticket Booth (West Columbia) at 9:45am.

Register for class.

Scheduled Dates and Times: September 6 – May 9 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

Adult Garden Workshops

Hands-on workshops and classes for novice gardeners and green thumbs.

Cost: Varies per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, general admission tickets will also be required.

Scheduled Dates and Times:
September 2017

Saturday, September 23

Propagation
@ 10:00–11:30am
Propagation is a great way to create new plants through leaf and stem cuttings of existing plants. This workshop will cover some basic techniques as well as teach participants which plants do well from cuttings.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

October 2017

Saturday, October 14

Herbal Remedies
@ 10:00–11:30am
Using herbs grown in the garden, participants will create some basic herbal remedies for everyday problems. Salves, tinctures and teas will be covered.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

November 2017

Saturday, November 4

Gourd Crafting
@ 10:00am–12:00pm
Creating luminaries, artwork and more out of a dried gourd can seem overwhelming, but we will discuss easy ways to turn these natural wonders into a unique expression for your home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

December 2017

Saturday, December 16

Holiday Wreath Workshop
@ 10:00am–12:00pm
Using fresh cut greens from Riverbanks, participants will create a wreath for the holidays, adorned with a variety of seedpods and natural elements all collected on site.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
@ 1:00–3:00pm
Using fresh cut greens from Riverbanks, participants will create a wreath for the holidays, adorned with a variety of seedpods and natural elements all collected on site.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Garden Programs for Schools

Cost: A program fee of $55 is charged for each class of 25 students.

Capacity: Garden programs can accommodate any group size. These informal programs are held in the Botanical Garden amphitheater, with participants sitting on the grass.

Registration Policy: Programs may be reserved in advance online via our School Programs Request for Information form or by calling the Education Department at 803.602.0803 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

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.

If you have any questions, please email or call 803.602.0803.

Available Programs:

Bug Hunt (Preschool–Grade 2)

Children learn the importance and characteristics of insects before going out into the Garden to dig up their own creepy crawly bugs. The group will look for bugs in various habitats discovering the secret world where insects live. The tour ends with an appropriate story.

All Living Things (Preschool–Grade 2)

As plants grow from tiny seedlings to mature plants, they provide many different elements for other living things. Students will learn about plant life cycles and the important relationship of insects and plants. They will also discover the many vital elements plants provide for humans and animals.

Plant Adaptations (Grades 3–6)

Students will see various plants from different habitats that include the desert, wetlands and rainforest. Their explorations will lead them to investigate the different adaptations that are necessary to survive in each habitat.

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