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.
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.
Wildlife is all around us but often hard to spot unless you know how to look for the signs. Join us this Fall as we become wildlife explorers, using tracks, scat, and other signs to learn about our native friends.
Monday, September 25 (Fall Session C)
Fall migration is a great time to hone your birding skills! Join us as we learn some basic identification skills, why birds migrate, and how Riverbanks is protecting songbirds!
Monday, October 9 (Fall Session A) / Monday, October 16 (Fall Session B) / Monday, October 23 (Fall Session C)
Become an expert on animal behavior as we discover how keepers and wildlife biologist study behavior to maintain excellent animal care and conserve species.
Monday, November 13 (Fall Session A) / Monday, November 20 (Fall Session B) / Monday, November 27 (Fall Session C)
Conservation Superhero Recycle Ranger
This spunky superhero knows the 4R’s and demonstrates them daily. Join the mission as we learn how the R’s can help save our planet.
Monday, February 12 (Spring Session D) / Monday, February 19 (Spring Session E) / Monday, February 26 (Spring Session F)
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)
- 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
These programs are offered for our littlest learners. Ages 3–5 can join us in discovering cool things about the animals in our world.
Sharks and Whales
Let’s learn about these giant creatures of the big blue ocean.
Monday, September 25
Monarchs are on the move! Let’s find out where these butterflies are going and why.
Monday, October 9 / Monday, October 16 / Monday, October 23
Why do leaves change color? Let’s investigate plants in the fall!
Monday, November 13 / Monday, November 20 / Monday, November 27
Let’s learn about birds of prey that live right here in South Carolina!
Monday, February 12 / Monday, February 19 / Monday, February 26
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
- Cost :
- $10 per child.
- Location :
- Safari Camp at the Zoo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.