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Homeschool Programs

Families with homeschooled children ages 2–13 can participate in hands-on learning experiences during Riverbanks’ Homeschool Monday programs throughout the school year. Animal enthusiasts, budding gardeners, and knee-high naturalists can find a variety of experiences to catch their interest.

Zoo Program Offerings

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.

Program Details

  • Birthdate Ranges :

    Ages 5–6 = 10/1/12 – 9/30/14

    Ages 7–9 = 10/1/09 – 9/30/12

    Ages 10–12 = 10/1/07 – 9/30/09

  • Cost :

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

  • Capacity :

    Age group capacities vary from 15 to 20 maximum students.

  • Availability :

    Programs take place 2 or 3 times a month, September through April, and run 75–90 minutes.

  • Location :

    Colonial Life Discovery Center (at the Zoo).

Registration Closed

Garden Program Offerings

for Ages 7–13

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 the Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

Program Details

  • Birthdate Ranges :

    Ages 7–9 = 10/1/09 – 9/30/12

    Ages 10–13 = 10/1/06 – 9/30/09

  • Cost :

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

  • Capacity :

    Age group capacities vary from 15 to 20 maximum students.

  • Availability :

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

  • Location :

    The Waterfall Junction Learning Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

Registration Closed

Little Learners

for Ages 2–5 with an adult

Enjoy a new class each month for homeschool children ages 2–5 with an adult. Each class focuses on a particular zoo topic and includes hands-on activities at the Farm Classroom.

Program Details

  • Cost :

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

  • Capacity :

    Age group capacities vary from 15 to 20 maximum students.

  • Availability :

    Programs take place 2 times a month, September through December, and run 45 minutes.

  • Location :

    Farm Classroom (at the Zoo).

Registration Closed

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received ten days in advance of the event. Requests must be submitted in writing at education@riverbanks.org. 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.