Little Learners at Riverbanks

For our smallest naturalists, we offer a variety of creative, open-ended, exploratory programs for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

Scheduled Programs


Meerkats are social creatures that work together to protect each other and dig tunnels. Come and see if you would make a good meerkat!

Friday, February 17 / Saturday, February 18


Daring Dragons

Did you know there are real, living dragons? Komodo dragons, flying dragons, dragonfish, dragon millipedes, sea dragons, and Madagascar dragon trees! We will explore them all!

Friday, March 3 / Saturday, March 4


Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day

Rainbows, gold coins and four-leaf clovers are common symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Join us as we do games and experiments with these celebrated symbols.

Friday, March 17 / Saturday, March 18


Monkeys and Apes

Monkeys, apes, and humans are all primates. Learn about what makes this group of animals different and how to tell them apart.

Friday, March 31 / Saturday, April 1



Slow down and enjoy the sloth life as we see life from the perspective of these furry tree dwellers.

Friday, April 28 / Saturday, April 29


Beetles and Fireflies

The spotlight is on the famous glowing beetle, the firefly, as we take a peek at the beetles we will encounter this summer.

Friday, May 12 / Saturday, May 13


Program Details

Cost :
$10 per child.
Location :
Waterfall Junction Learning Center in the Botanical Garden.
Note :
Classes are for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received ten days in advance of the event. Requests must be submitted in writing at 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.