Homeschool Programs

Explore nature through hands-on learning during Riverbanks’ Homeschool programs throughout the school year. Whether you’re an animal enthusiast, budding gardener, or knee-high naturalist, homeschooled children ages 3–12 will enjoy a variety of exciting experiences to pique every interest.

Homeschool Classes

for ages 5–12

Enjoy a new class each month for homeschool children ages 5–12. Each class focuses on a particular zoo topic and includes hands-on activities at the Colonial Life Discovery Center.

Scheduled Programs

Conservation Superhero Green Gardener

Growing season is upon us! Discover how to be a green gardener this spring like Riverbanks Plant “Keepers.”

Monday, March 11 (Spring Session D) / Monday, March 18 (Spring Session E) / Monday, March 25 (Spring Session F)


Conservation Superhero Thoughtful Trail Blazer

Plan, prepare, and practice principles of “leave no trace” is this superhero’s motto. Whether you camp, hike, or just visit the community park our tips can help you save the day.

Monday, April 8 (Spring Session D) / Monday, April 15 (Spring Session E) / Monday, April 22 (Spring Session F)


Program Details

Birthdate Ranges :
  • Level 1 : Ages 5–6 (Birthdate: 9/1/2016 – 8/30/2018)
  • Level 2 : Ages 7–9 (Birthdate: 9/1/2013 – 8/30/2016)
  • Level 3 : Ages 10–12 (Birthdate: 9/1/2010 – 8/30/2013)
Cost :
$36 per participating student per session (3 classes). Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
Program Length :
Programs run 75–90 minutes.
Location :
Colonial Life Discovery Center (at the Zoo).

Little Learners Programs

for ages 3–5 with an adult

These programs are offered for our littlest learners. Ages 3–5 can join us in discovering cool things about the animals in our world.

Scheduled Programs

March of the Ants

Ants are fascinating and complex insects! Tunnel your way through their amazing lives.

Monday, March 11 / Monday, March 18 / Monday, March 25


Spring on the Farm

Get to know some of Riverbanks’ farm animals!

Monday, April 8 / Monday, April 15 / Monday, April 22


Program Details

Cost :
$10 per child. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
Location :
Farm Classroom.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received three weeks in advance of the session start date to receive a refund for your registration. Requests must be submitted in writing at Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable should the cancellation or need to change a date occur within three weeks of the scheduled session.

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 cancellations will be provided at least ten days prior to the schedule 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 or portion of the session dates.

Questions about Homeschool Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.