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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 Programs

Let Riverbanks come to your school! Each classroom program is student-oriented with activities including full group discussion, small group work, and centers that encourage student inquiry. All classroom programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

  • Cost :

    $75 for each program reserved.

  • Travel Fees :

    (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

  • Capacity :

    Each program can hold up to 25 students.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Available Programs :

Critter Café (Preschool–Kindergarten)

Eating healthy is important. Have a crazy day at the Critter Café as we learn about what the animals like to eat. Program includes a story and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-2, APL-4, HPD-1, HPD-4, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8, MTS-3, CD-10, CD-11;

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3

On the Move (Preschool–Kindergarten)

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 a story, song and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-2, APL-4, HPD-2, HPD-4, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8, MTS-3, CD-10, CD-11;

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3

Sense-ational Safari (Kindergarten–Grade 1)

As you listen, feel, smell and see your way through this class you will be amazed how your senses help you discover the world around you. True for our animals as well, learn how some animals taste with their feet or smell with their tongue, in a Sense-ational Safari.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.S.1A.1, K.L.2A.4, K.P.4A.1;

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.S.1A.1, 1.S.1A.4

All Living Things (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

As plants grow from tiny seedlings to mature plants, they provide many different elements for other living things. Students will learn about plant life cycles and the important relationship of insects and plants. They will also discover the many vital elements plants provide for humans and animals.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.2, K.S.1A.5;

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.E.4B.1, 1.E.4B.2, 1.L.5A.1, 1.L.5B.1, 1.L.5A.1;

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5B.1, 2.L.5B.4

Bringing Up Baby (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

From egg to adult organisms change as they grow. Experience the journey of life as students learn about the growth and development of plants and animals.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.2, K.L.2A.5;

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.2, 1.5.LB.2;

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.3

Wild about Weather (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Whether you like it or not the weather affects us every day. This means a change in dress and a change in the ways that animals and plants behave. Explore the adjustments that are made each season by living things as the weather changes.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5, K.L.2A.6, K.E.3A.3;

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.E.2A.1, 2.E.2A.2, 2.L.5B.3

Amazing Africa (Grades 1–3)

Get swept up in wild Africa! This safari adventure winds through grassy plains of the Serengeti, into tropical rainforests of the Congo, and along sandy desert paths of the Sahara. Discover how amazing animals survive in this world within the world.

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.E.4A.2, 1.L.5B.1, 1.L.5B.2;

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2;

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1

Circle of Life (Grades 2–4)

Food is essential to all living things. Whether an organism is a producer, consumer, or decomposer, they all rely on energy for survival. Explore the ways that plants and animals are connected through food chains and food webs!

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5B.1, 2.L.5B.3;

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.2;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B2, 4.L.5B3

Critter Classification (Grades 2–4)

With millions of different species in the world, there is a real need to keep things organized. Scientists have come up with a great way to keep track of who’s who based on the similarities and differences between animals. Learn how the process of classification works during this fun filled class!

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5A.3;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L5.A.1, 4.L5.A.3

I Can Adapt to That (Grades 2–4)

Outplay, outwit, outlast; for animals, survival is not just a game. Animals depend on their adaptations to survive. Some get skills by their own wits and some get them from their parents. Distinguish inherited from acquired adaptations as we learn how animals survive in some of the world’s harshest places.

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3;

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5B.2;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5A.4, 4.L.5B.1, 4.L.5B.3

Covering Carolina (Grades 3–5)

What is it about sweet South Carolina that makes it so special? How about the fact that it has five distinct regions, each with its own ecosystem and wildlife! We will travel from the mountains to the sea in this interactive class to truly understand how this amazing state functions.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2, 3.L.5B.1, 3.E.4B.2;

3rd Grade Social Studies Standards: 3-1.1, 3-1.2;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3

5th Grade Science Standards: 5.E.3B.2, 5.E.3B.4

Home Sweet Biome (Grades 3–5)

Explore the unique ecosystems from the land and water, including aquatic, desert, forest, grasslands and tundra. See what makes each home unique and how plants and animals function within these intriguing homes.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5B.3;

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

CSI: Coat and Skull Investigation (Grades 4–5)

Follow the clues to solve a wild crime! 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.

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L5.A.1, 4.L5.B.3; 4.S.1A.7;

5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4B.3; 5.S.1A.7

Animal Behaviors 101 (Grades 6–12)

It takes more than good looks to survive in the wild. Animals have to out compete, outwit and outplay to survive. Bring the Zoo to YOU to find out how behaviors help animals survive and what enrichment is all about!

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4B.3, 6.L.4B.4, 6.L.4B.5;

7th Grade Science Standards: 7.EC.5B.1;

HS Science Standards: H.B.5.1

Animals through the Sciences (Grades 6–12)

You normally learn about animals in biology or life science, but animals are part of or interact with all science topics! From the dive speed of the peregrine falcon to the chemical use of bioluminescence, science is everywhere in the animal world. Find out how animals and the Sciences work hand-in-hand!

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.P.3A.1, 6.P.3A.2, 6.P.3A.5;

8th Grade Science Standards: 8.P.2A.5, 8.P.3A.3, 8.P.3A.4;

HS Science Standards: H.P.2A.6, H.P.2B.3, H.P.3C.2, H.P.3D.2

Assembly Programs

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

  • Cost :

    $75 for every 25 students or part there of.

  • Travel Fees :

    (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

  • Capacity :

    Each program is recommended for 100 students. Pricing is based on groups of 25.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Available Programs :

Growing Up Wild (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

The animal kingdom is full of working parents and wild children. Sound like your house? Some animal parents stick around, while others lay eggs and then leave town. Investigate the cycle of life and the parents who make it possible.

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5; K.L.2A.2;

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.2, 1.L.5B.1;

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.1, 2.L.5A.3

Seed to Green (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

Venture into the realm of plants as we explore the wonder world of all things green (and other colors too)! How do plants survive in the desert or the tundra? How does a plant grow up? Find out all these things and learn how eating plants helps you stay healthy!

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.6;

Kindergarten Health Standards: N-K.1.2;

1st Grade Science Standards: 1.L.5A.1, 1.L.5A.2*, 1.L.5B.1*, 1.L.5B.2*;

1st Grade Health Standards: N-1.1.2;

2nd Grade Health Standards: N-2.5.1;

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5B.2;

3rd Grade Health Standards: N-3.8.1*;

4th Grade Science Standards: 4.L.5A.1*, 4.L.5A.2, 4.L5B.2;

4th Grade Health Standards: N-4.8.1*;

5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4B.1;

5th Grade Health Standards: N-5.4.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Feet, Feathers, Fins and Fur (Grades 2–4)

How do animals survive in their habitat without all the ease of modern technology? By using their built in skills of course! Uncover what abilities are learned and inherited through this exploration of physical and behavioral adaptations.

2nd Grade Science Standards: 2.L.5A.2, 2.L.5B.2, 2.L.5B.3;

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5B.2;

4th Grade Science Standards: 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 in every habitat need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out! See how important each and every living creature is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of food webs in a variety of environments.

3rd Grade Science Standards: 3.L.5A.2, 3,L,3B.2;

5th Grade Science Standards: 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3, 5.L.4B.4

It’s Taxing (Grade 6)

Classification can be taxing, but we can help! King Phillip keeps it all straight. Learn how each group of animals inherited or learned adaptations allow them to be able to meet the requirements needed to live in the natural world. Join us for a little tax-onomy relief.

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4A.2, 6.L.4B.1, 6.L.4B.5, 6.L.5A.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Animals through the Sciences (Grades 6–12)

You normally learn about animals in biology or life science, but animals are part of or interact with all science topics! From the dive speed of the peregrine falcon to the chemical use of bioluminescence, science is everywhere in the animal world. Find out how animals and the Sciences work hand-in-hand!

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.P.3A.1, 6.P.3A.2, 6.P.3A.5;

8th Grade Science Standards: 8.P.2A.5, 8.P.3A.3, 8.P.3A.4;

HS Science Standards: H.P.2A.6, H.P.2B.3, H.P.3C.2, H.P.3D.2

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

Together we will learn what animals have made the endangered species list, and animals that are making a comeback. Find out what Riverbanks is doing to protect species and to help prevent animals from becoming endangered in the future.

6th Grade Science Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2, 6.L.4B.3;

7th Grade Science Standards: 7.EC.5A.3, 7.EC.5B.1;

8th Grade Science Standards: 8.E.6B.2;

HS Science Standards: H.B.6.A.2, H.B.6D.1*

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Early Childhood Programs

Perfect for daycares, churches and other licensed facilities. These programs focus on preschool learning topics, and will include activities involving literacy, math skills, movement and more!

  • Cost :

    $75 for each program reserved.

  • Travel Fees :

    (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

  • Capacity :

    Each program can accommodate up to 25 students.

  • Time :

    30–45 minutes.

  • Available Programs :

On the Move (Ages 2–5)

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 a story, song and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-2, APL-4, HPD-2, HPD-4, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8, MTS-3, CD-10, CD-11;

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3

Counting Critters (Ages 3–5)

1, 2, 3, count animals with me! How many legs does an elephant have? Can you count the legs on a millipede? Practice your counting and number skills while we learn about animals at the Zoo and in the wild!

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-1, APL-2, APL-6; HPD-2, HPD-5; LDC-1, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8; MTE-1, MTE-2; CD-1, CD-11

Red, Blue, Who’s at the Zoo? (Ages 3–5)

From red birds to grey elephants, animals come in every color! Practice your colors and explore how animals use them through songs and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-1, APL-2, APL-6, HPD-2, HPD-5, LDC-1, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8, MTE-3, CD-1, CD-11

Critter Café (Ages 4–5)

Eating healthy is important. We all have our favorite foods, and so do zoo animals. Have a crazy day at the Critter Café as we learn about what the animals like to eat. Program includes a story and activities.

SC Early Learning Standards: APL-2, APL-4, HPD-1, HPD-4, LDC-2, LDC-7, LDC-8, MTS-3, CD-10, CD-11;

Kindergarten Science Standards: K.L.2A.3

Library Programs

Looking to enhance programming at your library? From small preschool groups to assembly-style summer programming, the Zoo is ready to dive into reading! We can conduct any of the listed classroom, assembly, senior or daycare programs at your local library.

  • Cost :

    $75 for every 25 students or part there of.

  • Travel Fees :

    (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

  • Capacity :

    Number of participants is dependent on program selection.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Available Programs :

“Tune” into Animals!

Riverbanks on the Road is pleased to now offer this exciting program that encourages participants to get actively involved in the nationally themed summer reading program.

Senior Community Programs

Join Riverbanks on the Road as we take you on safari to different locations around the world without leaving your chair! Through interactive discussion, biofact presentations and animal encounters, adults can gain a wealth of knowledge about the world.

  • Cost :

    $75 for each program reserved.

  • Travel Fees :

    (based on roundtrip travel from the Zoo and back) 0–25 miles = $15; 26–50 miles = $30; 51–75 miles = $45; 76–100 miles = $60; Over 100 miles = contact Riverbanks for pricing.

  • Capacity :

    Each program is recommended for up to 25 participants.

  • Time :

    45 minutes.

  • Available Programs :

Adventures in the Amazon

Grab your umbrella! This tropical program will explore the diversity that exists in one of the most stunning places in the world: the Amazon Rainforest! We will journey through each layer of the rainforest, learning about some of the species that call the Amazon “home.” From the heaviest snake in the world, to an electrifying fish, the Amazon Rainforest is sure to amaze!

America the Wild

Discover the incredible wildlife that exists right here in our own backyard! South Carolina is full of amazing habitats and species that inhabit them. Together we will learn about our “state animals”, species that are under protection, and how Riverbanks is working to conserve our local flora and fauna.

Journey to Oz

Australia is home to some of the most unique and fascinating animals found in the world! Join us as we uncover this spectacular region. From animals that can leap 25 feet in one jump, to those that eat only poisonous plants, Australian animals and their amazing characteristics are sure to delight!

Ocean Voyage

Dive deep into uncharted territory as we explore the oceans of our world. Shorelines, Coral Reefs, and even the deep sea are home to some incredible, yet rarely seen creatures. While we explore the ocean habitats, we will also discuss the ocean animals that live right at Riverbanks Zoo!

Out of Africa

Africa is home to some of the most iconic animals known to humans. Travel through jungles, deserts, and grasslands to fully appreciate all that it has to offer! Learn about both the wild African animals that those that live at Riverbanks Zoo.

Polar Expedition

Explore the farthest reaches of our planet as we travel from pole to pole! The animals of the Arctic and Antarctic can exist in one of the harshest environments on the earth. Discover the secrets of polar survival, for both animals and human explorers alike!

Riverbanks Then & Now

Join us as we walk down the Zoo’s memory lane. Together we will learn how the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden began, how it has changed, and what it looks like now!

Trek to Asia

Some of the rarest species on earth live in Asia. Together we will take a peek at the amazing fauna that exists, from colorful birds to stealthy reptiles. Join us to uncover the secrets of Asia and all of the beauty it holds.

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.