(*) Denotes only part of the standard is met in the program.
Wildlife in Winter (for grades 1–6)
Surviving winter is no easy task. Join us as we uncover winter adaptations that local wildlife use to overcoming the challenges of cold weather and little food. Participants will also take away some fun ideas on how to reuse household items and help animals in their own backyard.
2.L.5A.2; 3.L.5B.2; 4.L.5B.3; 6.L.4B.2; 6.L.4B.3*
Night Creatures (for grades 1–6)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day!
2.L.5A.2; 4.L.5B.3; 6.L.4B.2
Habitats around the World (for grades 1–4)
From tropical rainforests to the freezing arctic tundra, the earth is covered in different habitats! Come explore the characteristics that make each of these places unique and learn how organisms make these habitats their homes.
1.L.5B.2*; 2.L.5B.2*; 3.L.5A.1*, 4.L.5
Amazing Adaptations (for grades 2–6)
The key to winning the game of survival is adaptations. Discover the variety of body structures and behaviors that animals use for defense, movement, growth and to obtain food.
2.L.5A.2; 4.L.5B.3; 6.L.4B.2
Web of Life (for grades 3–5)
Life is an intricate web of eat or be eaten! Groups will build their own South Carolina ecosystem food web, explore organisms’ roles in nature and learn to identify animal roles in ecosystems by studying skulls.
Animals Have Class (for grades 4–6)
Clarifying classification: putting method to the madness of taxonomy! Students will discover how scientists group organisms, learn the characteristics of the 5 main vertebrate classes and use dichotomous keys to identify the Zoo’s education animals’ scientific and common names.
2.L.5A.1; 4.L.5A.1*; 6.L.4A.2*
Conserving Wildlife (for grades 5–8)
Each one of us can be an animal champion! Students will become familiar with the acronym HIPPO to better understand how human activity affects wildlife as well as the Zoo’s role in conservation and how they can individually help conserve species.
5.E.3B.3*; 5.L.4B.4*; 7.EC.5B.4*; 8.E.6B.2
Zooversity and Genetics (for grades 7–12)
Variety is the spice of life and the key to conserving wildlife. Students will learn the value of genetic diversity, ways it can be lost in nature and explore the challenges zoos face with captive breeding programs. Groups will also participate in a simulated Species Survival Plan (SSP) meeting where they recommend next year’s breeding pairs for a zoo animal.
7.L.4A.3*; 7.EC.5A.3;8.E.6B.2; H.B.5.3
Wild Careers (for grades 9–12)
Did you know Accountants, Teachers, Chefs, Event Coordinators, Horticulturists and Animal Keepers all work at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden? Discover how these careers are all important to the Zoo’s mission and what it takes to be a part of the Riverbanks team.