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Bats: Unsung Heroes

Conservation Lecture Series
Bats: Unsung Heroes

Thursday, October 5 • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

300 College Street (Use side entrance off Academy St)

Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Kindel, Bat Biologist with the SC Department of Natural Resources

Though 14 species of bats in our state play an important role in our ecosystem and economy, they are often unsung heroes in our culture. Join us as we debunk the myths about these mysterious and fascinating creatures, and learn how a world without bats would be scary indeed! Hear about the exciting research the SC Department of Natural Resources and others are doing on bats. If possible, pre-register. Visit the Greenville Zoo’s Conservation Lecture page for more information. 


Professional Development

Ecosystem Studies for Educators

Friday, October 20 • 9 a.m. – Noon

Upper Elementary and Middle School Level
$30 per person; 8-person min/30-person max

The zoo's education department is excited to offer these professional development opportunities. Workshops are held at the Greenville Zoo and are open to all educators. Take advantage of this chance to explore new curriculum, participate in hands-on activities and build your knowledge of the natural world. Each professional development session is available for continuing education credits or professional development growth points. 

Ecosystems come in all different shapes and sizes, but all require the same ingredients. Gain an understanding of how changing ecosystems require wildlife to adapt for survival and explore resources that allow you to build an ecosystem at your school for long-term observations. Register Now

Family Programs at the Zoo
Family Workshops

Family Workshops

Fun for the whole family!

October 14: Birds of a Feather

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Have you ever looked out of your window and wondered about the beautiful birds that are visiting your yard? This class is a quick course on how to identify (by sight and sound) the birds that we can find right here in South Carolina.

Family workshops are designed to help families discover the wonders of the natural world together! Classes typically combine a lesson with crafts, activities, trips into the zoo and live animal encounters. More Birds of a Feather information and registration

Zoo Tots

Zoo Tots

Hide and Seek • October 4 or 7

2 to 4 years old with adult • 45 minutes

Olly Olly Oxen Free! Join us as we learn how animals can play their own wild game of hide and seek.

Zoo Tots classes are designed to help children explore and engage with the natural world. Classes combine an “on your own” exploratory playtime, featuring crafts, sensory bins, and educational stations, with a structured circle time and an animal encounter.
More information on Zoo Tots and registration

Saturday Safari

Saturday Safari

Disappearing Acts • October 14

4 to 6 years old • Drop off class
Select Saturdays • 10 a.m. - Noon

Now you see me...now you don't! Join us as we go in search of animals that seem like they can disappear into thin air!

Classes are designed to help children discover the fascinating world of animals. Classes are held in the Conservation Station and combine a lesson with crafts, activities, trips into the zoo and live animal encounters! More information on Saturday Safari and registration

Nature Play

Nature Play

For families of all ages • Select Saturdays
Reconnect with nature on hikes, bird explorations, nighttime frog searches and so much more. No plan, no itinerary, just come as you are and enjoy! 
More information on Nature Play and registration

Behind the Scene Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

October 28 • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Members $31 • Non-members $36

For safety reasons, tours are for children ages 5 and up

Would you like to add more to your visit? This behind the scenes tour offers you a glimpse into the inner workings of the Greenville Zoo! Visitors see our commissary area and learn about the nutritional needs of the animals in the zoo. Then we venture behind the African animal exhibits and learn about the importance of training (encounters with the African animals are not guaranteed). After our visit to Africa, we take a walk behind the Asian exhibits and see animal training first-hand with the zoo's orangutans.

More information on Behind the Scenes Tours and registration.


Girl Scout Day

Girl Scout Day 

November 4 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Girl Scout $20 • Adult $13.00 

(includes admission to the zoo, program and patch for the participating scout)

Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops and individual Girl Scouts can explore all the zoo has to offer, and see a 30-minute behind the scenes show called "Who's Who in the Zoo!" All registered girls will receive a Greenville Zoo patch. Pack a lunch for your troop and enjoy the day at the zoo. Registration is required.
More information on Girl Scout Day and registration.


Membership has its benefits.

The zoo has a variety of membership choices available that are tailored to meet your family size and visitation habits. Learn more about becoming a member 

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