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Homeschool Programs

Families with homeschooled children ages 5–13 can partake in hands-on learning experiences during Riverbanks’ Homeschool Programs throughout the school year.

Homeschool Monday Enjoy a new class eight times per year for homeschool children ages 5–13 (with an adult). Each class focuses on a particular topic and includes hands-on activities, live animal encounters, or guided Zoo tours.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Homeschool Monday programs at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! Topics change monthly so you can visit again and again!

For more information, please call 803.602.0803 or email.

  • Cost :

    $8 per participating student. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

  • Capacity :

    Homeschool children ages 5–13 with an accompanying adult. Each program can accommodate a maximum of 55 participants. Age group capacities vary from 15 to 20 maximum students.

  • Location :

    Colonial Life Discovery Center.

  • Availability :

    Programs take place 3 times a month, September through April. Programs are designed to be student centered and age appropriate for students ages 5–13. The dates are listed below. Programs are 75–90 minutes.

  • Registration :

    Register online at least 10 days in advance of the class. Please save your confirmation letter and bring it with you on the day of your visit. Please note that Zoo admission is a separate fee from your homeschool registration. Once you enter the Zoo on the class date, please proceed to the CenterColonial Life Discovery Center 10 minutes prior to the class time. The program educators will meet you and your student(s) in the lobby of the education building. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    Cancellation or date change requests must be received 10 days in advance of the event. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a $2 processing fee for cancellations and charge a $2 processing fee for date changes for each registrant. Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable should the cancellation or need to change a date occur within 10 days of the scheduled program. Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

    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. Notification 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.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

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Garden Homeschool Enjoy a new class each month for homeschool children ages 7–13. Each class focuses on a particular garden or nature topic and includes hands-on activities at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

For more information, please call 803.602.0803 or email.

  • Cost :

    $8 per participating student. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

  • Capacity :

    Homeschool children ages 7–13. Age group capacities vary from 15 to 20 maximum students.

  • Location :

    The Waterfall Junction Learning Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

  • Availability :

    Programs take place 2 times a month, September through May, and run 75–90 minutes.

  • Registration :

    Register online at least 10 days in advance of the class. Please save your confirmation letter and bring it with you on the day of your visit. Please note that Zoo admission is a separate fee from your homeschool registration. Once you enter the Zoo on the class date, please proceed to the CenterColonial Life Discovery Center 10 minutes prior to the class time. The program educators will meet you and your student(s) in the lobby of the education building. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    Cancellation or date change requests must be received 10 days in advance of the event. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a $2 processing fee for cancellations and charge a $2 processing fee for date changes for each registrant. Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable should the cancellation or need to change a date occur within 10 days of the scheduled program. Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

    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. Notification 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.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

September 2019

Monday, September 16

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)

Monday, September 23

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)

October 2019

Monday, October 14

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)

Monday, October 21

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)

November 2019

Monday, November 11

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)

Monday, November 18

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)

December 2019

Monday, December 2

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.

Monday, December 9

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.

January 2020

Monday, January 13

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.

Monday, January 27

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.

February 2020

Monday, February 10

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)

Monday, February 24

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)

March 2020

Monday, March 16

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.

Monday, March 23

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.

April 2020

Monday, April 20

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.

Monday, April 27

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.

May 2020

Monday, May 4

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.

Monday, May 18

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.

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