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Homeschool Programs

Families with homeschooled children ages 5–13 can partake in hands-on learning experiences during Riverbanks’ Homeschool Monday programs throughout the school year. Budding gardeners ages 7–12 can also become certified green thumbs in the Junior Master Gardener program for Homeschoolers.

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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Junior Master Gardeners for Homeschool An opportunity for youth ages 7–12 to interact and bond with nature through hands-on gardening, scientific experiments and arts.

The JMG 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. After the completion of the entire program, students will receive their Junior Master Gardener certification.

Level 1 (ages 7–9) Explores insects, plant life, fruits and vegetables, garden 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

  • Cost :

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

  • Location :

    Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Drop-off at the Garden Ticket Booth (1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia) at 9:45am.

  • Availability :

    September 5, 2018 – May 15, 2019 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

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