Two Field Trips to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, SC


  • Tuesday, March 15 2016 Group I
  • Thursday, March 24 (Daylight Savings start on March 20) Group II


Meet at 7:00 am at McDonalds/Cracker Barrel on Upward Road and I-26. Organize into carpools with 3/4 people per car. Please donate $4.00 to the Driver for gas. Drive south on I-26 approximately two hours to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia, S.C. 29210, phone (803) 779-8717.

The zoo is open daily from 9-5. Admission is $13.95, $1.00 off with military I.D. Save 15% buy online and print tickets.  There are group discounts for 15 people or more, that drop the price to $11.00, but they must be purchased two weeks in advance.


Arrive shortly after they open and shoot to early afternoon. Say 1:30 pm. Drive to Nick’s House of Pizza, 4 ½ star rating, 1082 Sunset blvd #A, West Columbia, S.C. This is a casual spot for Greek and Italian meals, also vegetarian dishes.  Phone # 803-794-9240


Optional: After lunch drive to Spartan Photo, 108 Gardner Rd. Spartanburg, S.C.  This is a locally owned, full service camera store where all of their employees are photographers. Google Spartan Photo to see more.


Please RSVP to Mike Merrill at or (828) 684-9436 so we will have a headcount of who to expect.