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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!

Riverbanks can offer most Riverbanks on the Road programs through the web. Please check out our Distance Learning opportunities or email us.

School Classes

Let Riverbanks come to your school! Each classroom program will include an animal from our collection. All classroom programs are aligned with South Carolina Science Academic Standards.

Available Programs

On the Move (Preschool)

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 story, song and activities.

SC State Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA-1.2, 3.6; M-1.5; PD-1.1, 2.2

Red, Blue, Who’s at the Zoo? (Preschool)

Young learners will identify colors and explore the many shades found at the Zoo through songs and activities.

SC State Standards: AL-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; ELA 1.2, 3.6, 6.1, 6.3; M 1.4, 1.5, 3.4; PD 2.2

Kindergarten Keepers (Kindergarten)

Kindergarteners will count, play and pretend their way through this fun class exploring what it takes to care for an animal’s needs.

SC State Standards: K.L.2A.1, K.L.2A.5, K.N.S.3

Seeds on the Move (1st Grade)

Students will explore and experiment through this windy, wet, sticky and sometimes yucky investigation of seed dispersal.

SC State Standards: 1.S.1A.1, 1.L.5A.1

Investigating Adaptations (2nd Grade)

Students will put their observation skills to the test as they investigate how Riverbanks’ species are adapted for survival.

SC State Standards: 2.S.1, 2.L.5A.2

Escaping Extinction (3rd Grade)

In this mystery inspired class, students will have to put their geography skills and knowledge to the test to save a Riverbanks species from extinction.

SC State Standards: 3.1.2.AG, 3.2.1ER, 3.2.2.ER, 3.2.3.ER

Adaptation Engineers (4th Grade)

Work as a team to overcome a challenge in this adaptation themed class. Students will observe living plants and animals as well as design their own model plant.

SC State Standards: 4.S.1A.1*, 4.S.1A.2, 4.L.5B.2, 4.L.5B.3

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Mighty Plankton (5th Grade)

Students will get an introduction to the base of the ocean’s food web while using engineering design skills to create models of plankton to compete in the Great Plankton Race.

SC State Standards: 5.S.1A.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.4

CSI: Coat & Skull Investigation (6th–8th Grade)

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.

SC State Standards: 6.L.4B.1*, 6.L.4B.2, 6.L.4B.5, 7.L.3A.2* 7.EC.5A.3, 8.5.1A.1

(*) Denotes partial completion of standard.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $95 per program.

  • Capacity :

    Up to 25 students and 2 adults.

  • Program Length :

    45 minutes.

Library Programs

Riverbanks is proud to present this year’s library program aligned with the National Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities. The Zoo is ready to leap into reading.

Check back October 1 for more details.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received three weeks in advance of the event to receive a refund of your registration. Requests must be submitted in writing at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a 10% processing fee for cancellations.

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. Notifications 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.

Programs Information Inquiry Programs may be requested in advance online or by calling the Education Department at 803.602.0803 Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 1:00pm. Once your information is received, we will check availability and reply to your request in a timely manner. This request does NOT guarantee availability! Groups will receive an emailed “Field Trip Confirmation Letter” with reserved date and program details.

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Program Request Information Classes and tours are only offered Tuesdays–Fridays, August–May.

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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.

Questions about Riverbanks on the Road?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.