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Scout Programs

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts of all ages have more opportunities to have fun while earning credits toward badge requirements, achievements, electives, and journeys. Come as a troop, pack, or individual with the family to any of our exciting and informative Wild About Scouts Programs. From traditional formats to wild explorations, Scout Programs offer a variety of fresh topics and experiences — and every adventure promises hands-on fun, planned activities, an interactive presentation, and up-close animal encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors.

Wild About Scouts: Programs

Calling all Scouts! Take a class at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden and earn credit toward your badge or achievement requirements. Classes will be filled with learning activities, animal encounters and a staff-guided tour through select areas at Riverbanks.

  • Cost :

    $8 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13). Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.

  • Capacity :

    A minimum of 10 participating scouts and a maximum of 25 scouts per class apply. 1 adult chaperone / 10 scouts are required.

  • Availability :

    Programs can be scheduled year round on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Each program is 1.5 hours long.

  • Location :

    Determined based on program topic selected.

  • Registration :

    Pre-registration is required 2 weeks in advance with final payment due 10 days prior to program date.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing at least 1 week prior to the program date to receive a refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 1 week from the scheduled program date.

  • Available Programs :

Cub Scout Expedition

Join us for a wild time as we learn about water pollution and how the 3 R’s help us conserve resources, including animals! We will hike the River Trail and learn about local species and their conservation status. Plus, discover how Riverbanks is making a positive impact on the environment and how your everyday decisions can have the same positive power.

The Cub Scout Expedition Program and activities will work toward Cub Scout Electives and Achievements. Based on registered troop level, the program will cover: Lions — Animal Kingdom #3*; Mountain Lion #3; Tigers — My Tiger Jungle #1, 2, and 3; Tigers in the Wild #4, 6, and 7. Wolf — Call of the Wild #6; Paws on the Path #5 and 6; Grow Something #3; Code of the Wolf #2a; Spirit of Water #1 and 2. Bear — Fur, Feather and Fern #1-6, Paws for Action #2b. Webelos — Adventures in Science #2; Building a Better World #6d; Into the Wild #3*, 5, 6–9a.

Girl Scouts — Bugging with Brownies!

Here come the bugs! Check out the creeping, crawling bugs of Riverbanks while earning your Bugs badge. Take a walk on the buggy side, make a bug poster and craft, and get up close and personal with our bug ambassadors.

The program will cover: Naturalist — Bugs badge.

Girl Scouts — Girls in the Garden

Flowers and soil and gardening, oh my! Enjoy a visit to Riverbanks Botanical Garden while working toward Girl Scout badges. Your troop will explore different garden designs and flowers, and learn what it takes to keep our Garden beautiful. You will even take home your very own “flower” creation!

The program will cover: Junior Gardener badge — Steps #1–3; Junior Flowers badge — Steps #1–5.

Girl Scouts — Habitat Happenings

Get ready to go wild about animal habitats at Riverbanks! Learn about wild animals, their habitats and habitats in peril. Find out about the animals that live in the rainforest (or arctic) and meet a few in person. Discover how you can protect and provide shelter for species right in your own backyard! Groups can choose between two focus areas: Amazon Rainforest or The Arctic.

The program will cover: Junior Animal Habitats badge.

Wild About Scouts: Workshops

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo! Programs are designed specifically to assist your Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, or Boy Scouts with achievements and badge requirements. Participants will enjoy an afternoon full of interactive educational programing, activities, and animal encounters — all focused on Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and/or Boy Scout specific topics and themes.

  • Cost :

    $10 per Scout/Child. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee. One adult guardian per scout(s)/group is required.

  • Location :

    Determined based on program topic selected.

  • Registration :

    Pre-registration and payment is required at least 1 week in advance.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing at least 1 week prior to the program date to receive a refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 1 week from the scheduled program date.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

    Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 2 hours.

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

Wild About Scouts: Events

Attention Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts: Come as a troop, pack, or with family (siblings are welcome) to our exciting and informative Wild About Scout events. Seasonal and specialty events are wildly creative, hands-on experiences offered after-hours on select dates throughout the year. Participants will enjoy an evening full of interactive educational programing, activities, and animal encounters — all focused on Girl Scout and/or Cub Scout specific topics and themes.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

April 2019

Saturday, April 6

Girl Scouts Journey: It’s Your Planet, Love it!
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–13)

Are you ready to take a journey? Learn how to love your planet as you spend the day at Riverbanks. Your adventure at the Zoo will encompass the “It’s Your Planet, Love it!” journey. Girl Scouts will take a nature walk, learn about their human footprint on the planet and watch a science movie in our theater! Each level will have its own elective to complete at the Zoo. Do as little or as much as you want on Girl Scout Day! We hope you join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

*Please plan to participate and bring a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.Ps to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

**Girl Scouts are not required to be at the Zoo the entire day. Participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time as the wish in the Zoo. A schedule of the daily Girl Scout events will be sent out in advance to registered participants.

***Admission to the Zoo is NOT included in the program fee. Please buy your admission tickets in advance or at the gates, or use your Riverbanks membership.

COST: $15 per Child (Ages: 5–13).

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Scout Event Workshop Overnights

Scout Event Workshop Overnights combine seasonal event workshops offered after-hours with all the perks of an overnight excursion. The workshop portion includes a brief presentation, activities, games, crafts and animal encounters centered on Scout-specific topics and themes that meet badge requirements. Following the workshop your group can stay and participate in our public events, make s’mores, and enjoy keeper led tours. In the morning, participants will enjoy a continental breakfast before heading out into the park on their own.

  • Note :

    A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct overnight programs as scheduled.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

Overnights for Small Troops and Packs

Looking for an overnight experience for a small Scout troop or pack that does not meet our minimum for group overnights? Then this opportunity is just for you! Select nights will be offered for Girl Scout troops or Cub/Boy Scout packs to join others to enjoy the Zoo’s night life.

  • Note :

    Overnight programs seek to support working towards badge requirements. A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all small scout group overnight programs as scheduled.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

April 2019

Friday, April 5

Girl Scout Overnight: Coastal Close Up
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Join us for a splashing good time as you learn about our seals and sea lions, ocean life, aquatic habitats and how each of us can do our part to protect the ocean. Groups will enjoy exploration through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour before heading to bed inside Sea Lion Landing. *This program is reserved for females only.
Cost: $50 per participant.
Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 40.
Sleeping Accommodations: Sea Lion Landing Exhibit.

May 2019

Friday, May 3

Girl Scout Overnight: Coastal Close Up
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Join us for a splashing good time as you learn about our seals and sea lions, ocean life, aquatic habitats and how each of us can do our part to protect the ocean. Groups will enjoy exploration through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour before heading to bed inside Sea Lion Landing. *This program is reserved for females only.
Cost: $50 per participant.
Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 40.
Sleeping Accommodations: Sea Lion Landing Exhibit.

Saturday, May 4

Girl Scout Overnight: Camping 101
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Come set up a tent and sleep on the lawn at Waterfall Junction in the Botanical Garden this spring. Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn some basic camping skills including Leave No Trace principles, creating solar ovens, purifying water and more at the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Learning Center in Waterfall Junction. This program will work towards earning parts of the following badges: Cabin Camper and Eco Camper. Four-person tents and foam mats will be provided. Dinner, snack, breakfast and admission for the park on the day following the event are included in ticket price. *This program is reserved for females only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $50 per participant.

Friday, May 24

Girl Scout Overnight: Nature’s Night Owls
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Many creatures like to stay up late and work the night shift! These late risers use incredible adaptations to help them get the job done in the dark. Groups will become part of the Zoo’s night life through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with nocturnal animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour to discover who at Riverbanks prefers the dark to day.
Cost: $50 per participant.
Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 80.
Sleeping Accommodations: Colonial Life Discovery Center Classrooms and Theater.

June 2019

Saturday, June 1

Girl Scout Overnight: Nature’s Night Owls
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
Many creatures like to stay up late and work the night shift! These late risers use incredible adaptations to help them get the job done in the dark. Groups will become part of the Zoo’s night life through hands-on activities, up-close encounters with nocturnal animal ambassadors and a behind-the-scenes tour to discover who at Riverbanks prefers the dark to day.
Cost: $50 per participant.
Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 80.
Sleeping Accommodations: Colonial Life Discovery Center Classrooms and Theater.

Register for Program

Although these programs are developed to meet Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and Boy Scout requirements, all Scout groups and families are welcome to participate in these programs. Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult; groups should have at least one adult per 10 participants in attendance. Availability is limited; however, a minimum of 20 registered participants is required to conduct programs as scheduled and described. Registration is available online and will close one week prior to the program date. Program fees are non-refundable.