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Riverbanks on the Road

Riverbanks is on the road! Whether you are looking for a program for your students, daycare, library or adult care facility, these fun, engaging and educational programs are just for you! Riverbanks on the Road programs are designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners from young to the young at heart. Visits from our Education Animal Ambassador collection are included as part of the program!

Classroom Style

Let Riverbanks come to your school! Each classroom program will include an animal from our collection. All classroom programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

  • Cost :

    $95 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 25 students and 2 adults.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    All cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than one week prior to the date of your program for a full refund. Rescheduling is subject to availability. No refunds will be given and invoices will be issued for any cancellations made within 1 week of the scheduled program date.

  • Available Programs :

On the Move (Preschool)

Can you swim like a fish? Slither like a snake? Swing like a siamang? Students will explore animal movement as they hop, crawl and wiggle their way through story, song and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2

Counting Critters (Preschool)

1 critter… 2 critter… 3 critter… 4. Students will practice counting and number skills while learning about animals at the Zoo and in the wild!

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA 1.2, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3; M 1.4, 1.5; PD 2.2

Red, Blue, Who’s at the Zoo? (Preschool)

Young learners will identify colors and explore the many shades found at the Zoo through songs and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA 1.2, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3; M 1.4, 1.5, 3.4; PD 2.2

Bug Hunt (Kindergarten–Grade 1)

Bring your curiosity for six-legged creatures. Classes explore insect life cycles and search for superhero bugs in this interactive class.

SC Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.3, 1.E.3A.1

Critter Café (Kindergarten–Grade 1)

Have a crazy day at the Critter Café as students learn about what animals eat.

SC Science Standards: K.L.2A.3, K.L.2A.6, 1.S.1A.1

Growing Wild (Grades 1–2)

From egg to bird, seed to flower and cub to bear, living things change as they grow. Experience the journey of life as students learn about the growth and development of plants and animals. **Plant or animal emphasis available.

SC Science Standards: 1.L.5A.2, 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.3

Critter Classification (Grades 2–3)

Whether it has fins, fur or feathers, you can tell a lot about a critter by its appearance. Students will discover how animals are categorized by their characteristics in this fun class.

SC Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5A.3, 3.L.5A.2

I Can Adapt to That (Grades 2–4)

Animals and plants depend on their adaptations to survive. Students will distinguish inherited from acquired adaptations as we learn how animals and plants survive in some of the world’s harshest places. **Plant or animal emphasis available.

SC Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3, 3.L.5A.1,3.L.5B.2, 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3

Home Sweet Biome (Grades 4–5)

From the ocean to mountains, wetlands to desert, Earth is covered in beautiful and unique places that living things call home. Students will see what makes each home unique and how plants and animals function within these intriguing places.

SC Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3, 5.L.4A.1, 5.L.4A.2, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3

Covering Carolina (Grades 3–5)

Travel from the Carolina mountains to the sea in this interactive class. Students will explore South Carolina’s five distinct regions, each with its own ecosystem and wildlife.

SC Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2, 3.L.5B.1, 3.E.4B.2, 4.L.5B.3, 5.L.4A.1, 5.E.3B.2, 5.E.3B.4

CSI: Coat & Skull Investigation (Grades 6–8)

Try your hand at forensic science to observe and categorize evidence about animals. Interactive scientific skill stations and animal encounters can help you provide wild justice.

SC Science Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2, 6.L.4B.5, 7.L.3A.2* 7.EC.5A.3, 8.5.1A.1

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Assembly Style

Through a combination of multi-media techniques, animal biofacts, and group activities, assembly programs are ideal for large groups! Most assembly programs will include an animal from our collection. All assembly programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

  • Cost :

    $220 first assembly, $155/additional.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 100 students and 10 adults.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    All cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than one week prior to the date of your program for a full refund. Rescheduling is subject to availability. No refunds will be given and invoices will be issued for any cancellations made within 1 week of the scheduled program date.

  • Available Programs :

Seed to Green (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

How do plants survive in the desert or tundra? How does a plant grow up? Students will find out all of this while learning how eating plants helps you stay healthy!

SC Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.6, N-K.1.2, 1.L.5A.1, 1.L.5A.2*, 1.L.5B.1*, 1.l.5B.2*, N-1.1.2, N-2.5.1, 3.L.5.B.2, N-3.8.1*, 4.L.5A.1*, 4.L.5A.2, 4.L.5B.2., N-4.8.1*, 5.L.4B.1, N-5.4.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Feet, Feathers, Fins, and Fur (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

Riverbanks loves the uniqueness of each species we care for and their ability to survive and thrive in their natural environments. Students uncover what abilities are learned and inherited through this exploration of physical and behavioral adaptations.

SC Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.3, 1.S.1A.1, 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3, 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5B.2, 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3

Chain Reaction (Grades 3–5)

From the birds of the forest to the fish in the sea, living things need energy to live and grow. Students discover the importance of each and every animal to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of food webs in a variety of environments.

SC Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2, 4.L.5B.3, 5.L.4A.1, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3

The List: A Conservation Challenge (Grades 6–12)

Students will learn what species have made ‘the list’ and celebrate the species that have made it off. Find out what Riverbanks is doing to conserve habitats and species to prevent their status as endangered or extinct.

SC Science Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2, 6.L.4B.3, 1.EC.5A.1, 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.4, 8.E.6B.1, 8.E.6B.2, H.B.5.1, H.B.5.3, H.B.5.4, H.B.6A.2, H.B.6D.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Animals through the Sciences (Grades 8–12)

You normally learn about animals in biology or life science, but animals cross science disciplines! Discover animals through the lens of chemistry and physics in this interactive assembly.

SC Science Standards: 6.P.4B.1*, 6.P.3A.2, 6.L.4B.3, 1.EC.5A.1, 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.4, 8.E.6B.1, 8.E.6B.2, H.B.5.1, H.B.5.3, H.B.5.4, H.B.6.A.2, H.B.6D.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Fairs & Festivals

Hosting a career fair or festival? Let your students take a walk on the wild side as they learn what it takes to become involved in the zoological field! Tables can be set up with general information or to align with a specific theme.

  • Cost :

    $75/hour + travel fee.

Riverbanks on the Road programs must be reserved in advance by calling the Education Department at 803.602.0803 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Don’t see a program that meets your needs? We can create custom programs for your group. Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance. A nominal development fee will be charged.