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For our smallest naturalists, we offer a variety of creative, open-ended, exploratory programs for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers.

Knee-high Naturalist

for Ages 2–5 (w/an Adult)

Discover amazing plants and animals through engaging activities, imaginative play, and crafts as we explore different topics in an informal learning environment.

Scheduled Programs

Groovy Gorillas

  • Friday, September 24 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, September 25 @ 10:30–11:30am

Gorillas are some of the grooviest animals in the world! Join us to discover what they eat, how they communicate and other fun facts.

Alligators and Crocodiles

  • Friday, October 1 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 2 @ 10:30–11:30am

Do you love dinosaurs? Join us to discover more about their closest living relatives.

Spiky Animals

  • Friday, October 22 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 23 @ 10:30–11:30am

These creatures may not be very huggable, but they are amazing! Come find out more about animals with spikes, quills and spines.

Frogmouths and Whippoorwills

  • Friday, November 12 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, November 13 @ 10:30–11:30am

Have you ever heard strange bird calls in the night? Frogmouths, whippoorwills and other members of the nightjar family are often confused for owls. Let’s explore how they are similar and different.

Koalas

  • Friday, December 3 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, December 4 @ 10:30–11:30am

They are cute and furry, but these tree-hugging animals are not bears! Come find out what they are and what makes them truly special.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $10 for one child (with one adult) per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

  • Location :

    Little Learners classes meet at the Waterfall Junction Classroom at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

  • Registration :

    Pre-registration is required for all activities. Available programs may be registered for via the eTickets Store. Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation will be sent when you are placed in the activity.

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 Little Learners at Riverbanks?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.