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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

Monarchs on the Move

  • Friday, October 2 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 3 @ 10:30–11:30am

Millions of monarch butterflies are beginning to fly south as cooler weather arrives in South Carolina. These butterflies will fly more than 2,000 miles to Mexico where they will spend the winter before returning north in the Spring.

Night Dwellers

  • Friday, October 16 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, October 17 @ 10:30–11:30am

Fall means days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. Creatures that love the night have more time to play! Come find out what animals are up while you sleep!

Grizzly Bears

  • Friday, November 6 @ 10:30–11:30am
  • Saturday, November 7 @ 10:30–11:30am

Did you know that grizzly bears can eat 90 pounds of food a day? That’s about 18,000 blueberries! How do the keepers keep up with those huge appetites? Come learn more about our brother bears.

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 :

    Classes take place in the Waterfall Junction Learning Center at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, except for Monday programs, which are held in the Farm Classroom at Riverbanks Zoo.

  • 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.