DISCOVERY DAY CLASSES:
Young explorers and parents: Get ready to discover exciting things about nature! Each class is a learning adventure designed to teach your youngster new concepts that are appropriate for young minds. Classes are a combination of story time, songs, games, hands-on activities, animal encounters (when available) and crafts.
||2–5 with an adult|
||Wildlife Classroom (across from the Farm)|
$9 for one child (with one adult) per class
Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
MAY 2013 (click each title for more information)
Mommies play an important role in the animal world! Come join the fun as we find out about the wonderful ways mommies care for their young. Celebrate a mommy in your life and make a gift to show your love!
What's the difference between turtles and tortoises? Learn which ones swim, dig, slide, and crawl as well as about other characteristics that make them unique. Then, meet one of Riverbanks own shelled residents.
JUNE 2013 (click each title for more information)
Fathers play a crucial role in the animal world. Discover which dads take parenting to a whole new level through devotion to the family or taking on double the work of rearing young. Celebrate the father figures in your life by making a gift to take home to him.
|+ Coastal Critters
||Dates: Jun 15 and 29
Summer is here and its time to head to the beach! Discover which animals depend on the shore for their survival and ways you can keep them safe on your beach adventures this summer.
JULY 2013 (click each title for more information)
G'day mate! Join us here at Riverbanks for a class spent exploring our residents from down under. Learn how koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and more survive in the outback!
Why does it rain? Where does river water flow? What are clouds made of? Children will learn all about the water cycle and just how important it is to all of us!
AUGUST 2013 (click each title for more information)
|+ Keep It Cool!
||Dates: Aug 10 and 24
What do vultures, babirusas, elephants and reptiles do to keep cool in the summer heat? Find out some unusual ways these animals beat the summer sun!
Who are the toughest, strongest, fastest, and smartest animals in the world? Join us for a fun-filled class exploring world record-holding animals with super skills. Test out your abilities – and we might even get to meet an amazing animal superhero!
SEPTEMBER 2013 (click each title for more information)
Africa is home to some of the most well known zoo animals. Put on your safari hats as we take an expedition to learn about these incredible creatures. Children will learn about gorillas, elephants, giraffes, hyenas and more.
|+ Animal Artists
||Dates: Sep 25 and 28
Learn all about the creative side of critters and which ones use color as a way to help them survive. Little ones will have the chance to get creative as we uncover the colorful world of wildlife.
OCTOBER 2013 (click each title for more information)
|+ Cool Cats
||Dates: Oct 16 and 19
Join us to learn all about our feline friends here at the Zoo through a fun and interactive class. From tigers all the way to house cats, we will explore how these animals survive. Your child will have a wild time exploring stations dedicated to big cats.
|+ Night Dwellers
||Dates: Oct 23 and 26
Halloween is almost here and we are going to encounter some astounding nocturnal animals. From bats to spiders to creepy crawlers, we will see why these animals love to party after the sun goes down!
NOVEMBER 2013 (click each title for more information)
|+ All About Owls
||Dates: Nov 6 and 9
Owls are some of the most unusual birds, and this class is dedicated to their amazing abilities. We will learn about their nighttime activities and which types of owls you can listen for right here in South Carolina! Inquiry stations will encourage your child to do some exploring and then get a chance to check out our residents here at the Zoo!
|+ Autumn Harvest
||Dates: Nov 20 and 23
Autumn is such a busy time of year for people and animals alike. Discover what all the hustle and bustle is about this fall at the Zoo!
DECEMBER 2013 (click each title for more information)
Migration is a remarkable thing that many animals do to survive the cold winter months. From geese to butterflies to whales, we will explore the journeys these wonderful wanderers take!
The North Pole is an incredible place full of ice. Children will learn all about polar bears, wolves, seals and more as they survive truly chilly conditions all year round!