Last year we participated in Homeschool Mondays at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and we’re excited to jump in again. This year, they’ve pulled in some expanded offerings for additional age groups so more kiddos within a family can get in on the fun! Earlier this year we got up close and personal with the Gentoo, King and Rockhopper Penguins while visiting Riverbank Zoo and Garden on Homeschool Monday, so we’re excited for the newest expanded offerings this year!
New Homeschool Programs at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverbanks Homeschool Monday now offers programs for children ages 2-5 with an adult (Little Learners). Level 1 includes children ages 5-6, Level 2, ages 7-9 and Level 3 is for tweens aged 10-13! Programs for the older children will be held at the Colonial Life Discovery Center (an ampitheater within the zoo) and include Disappearing Dinos in the month of September (16, 23, 30) where kids will explore the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth and the environmental changes that pushed them to extinction.
In October, children are invited to embark on an avian adventure and explore the adaptations that allowed birds to finally take flight! Those dates in October are the 14th, 21st and 28th. Marine environments and convervation efforts will be covered in Coastal Carolina in November (11, 18, 25) Carrying on the conservation theme on December 2, 9 and 16, Conservation Superheroes will teach kids about the inspiring people and programs that work hard to conserve wild places and species.
Going in the the new year Found in Nature in January (13, 27) will investigage where the natural resources we use in our daily lives come from! In February, Going Green will help kids apply what they’ve already learned about conservation and teach them to adopt new green practices and discover sustainable technologies – February dates are the 10th and 24th.
Launching into Spring with Back from the Brink on March 9th, 16th and 23rd, students will explore species locally and globally that have begun to recover and are no longer facing extinction. Finally rounding out the big kids lineup for the homeschool year, Powerful Pollinators in April (6, 20, 27) will teach kiddos the important role of bees, butterflies bugs and birds and how they help the planet. They will also construct a pollinator hotel to help welcome earth-friendly visitors to your garden this Spring!
New Garden Program Offerings on Homeschool Mondays
New this year, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will offer a program at the Botanical Garden in the Waterfall Junction Learning Center for kids age 7-13! More information about this program can be found on the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website. Some of the programs include Plant Dissection, The Dirt on Soil, Practical Gardening, Plant Needs, Hydroponics, Propagation, Harvesting, Beneficial Insects and Medicinal Plants!
New Homeschool Monday Programs for Little Learners at Riverbanks Zoo
I’m excited to see the new offering from Riverbanks for the younger aged set; I’ve noticed the challenge some parents have had keeping younger siblings engaged while older children attended the programs. I know so many families are going to love this addition.
The Little Learners program will take place at the Farm Classroom and is designed for kids aged 2 – 5 with an adult. Topics of discovery include, Digging for Dinos, Birds of Prey, Sea Turtles, and Wildlife in Winter. More about these programs can be found on the Riverbanks Zoo website.
To register or get additional information be sure to check out the Homeschool Monday registration page. We’re excited to complement our homeschool year with monthly visits to Riverbank Zoo and Garden and hope to see you there! Comment below and let us know what program our line of study your learners will be most excited about!