Homeschool Programs

Riverbanks’ youth development programs are not only fun and a great way to meet new friends, but they also provide opportunities to develop job-readiness and life skills while serving as an ambassador for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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

Energizing Ecosystems

The quest for energy connects all living things. Discover how one tiny change can have a big impact on the ecosystems around us.

Monday, April 17 (Spring Session C) / Monday, April 24 (Spring Session D)


Program Details

Birthdate Ranges :
  • Level 1 : Ages 5–6 (Birthdate: 9/1/2015 – 8/30/2017)
  • Level 2 : Ages 7–9 (Birthdate: 9/1/2012 – 8/30/2015)
  • Level 3 : Ages 10–12 (Birthdate: 9/1/2009 – 8/30/2012)
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).

Homeschool Family Workshops

for ages 5–10, but all ages are welcome

Join us in Waterfall Junction to enjoy this program designed especially for Riverbanks’ Homeschool families. Families will cooperatively learn and participate in activities that explore our natural world.

Program Details

Cost :
$25 per family (up to 6 people max per family). Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
Program Length :
Programs run 60 minutes.
Location :
The Waterfall Junction Learning Center in the Botanical Garden.

Little Learners Programs

for ages 3–5 (w/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


Zip on over to learn more about zany zebras and their special stripes!

Monday, April 17 / Monday, April 24


Program Details

Cost :
$10 per child.
Location :
Safari Camp at the Zoo.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received ten days in advance of the event. Requests must be submitted in writing at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a $2 processing fee for cancellations and charge a $2 processing fee for date changes.

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.

Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

Questions about Homeschool Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.