Archive for October, 2013

Ijams to Partner with Mountain Film Tour on Nov 19

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Horny Toad Clothing and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance present Mountainfilm On Tour! Tuesday November 19th at 7:30pm at the Bijou Theatre.

A fundraiser for 500 days of outdoor education for kids at Ijams Nature Center. All proceeds go directly to Ijams. Read more about 500 Days of Kids Outdoors.

Tickets are available now online at

Premium – $20
General Admin – $12



Ijams Opens Ropes Course Oct. 24

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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Join us on Thurs Oct 24 at 2:00 pm to celebrate the opening of Ijams’ latest addition – a Ropes Challenge Course!

In partnership with New Horizons Center for Experiential Learning, a Knoxville-based training and development firm with 20 years of experience in ropes course design and management, Ijams now offers exciting, custom experiences that utilize action-centered learning to build teams, develop leaders, and strengthen organizations.

Learn more on our Ropes Course Page


Halloween is Spook-tacular at Ijams!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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Lantern Tours and Enchanted Forest bring the Halloween season to life this October!

Have you ever wondered about the dark secrets of Mead’s Quarry? Or would like to hear the tale of the ghostly White Mule that roams Gay Street? Join us for Haunted Lantern Tours this month.

Or, for more family fun, you’ll be thrilled to hear tales from the magical forest during the Enchanted Forest.

Programs start Thursday October 24th.  For more information, check out our Halloween Spookatacular page or the Events Calendar.



CTV Holiday Auction Supports Ijams

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Ijams has been chosen to be a recipient of funds generated from the annual Holiday Gift Auction sponsored by Community Television of Knoxville (CTV).

Nearly 200 items from some of the best businesses in Knox county are offered at this year’s auction website.  Everything from jewelry, dinners, gift baskets, stereos, tickets and flight lessons can be YOURS for a mere fraction of their retail value.

Register now and start bidding online at on October 16th and keep bidding through the auction finale on Saturday, December 14th featuring a live 8-hour televised event on CTV.

Special thanks to Community Television for supporting Ijams this year!

Ijams’ Director Receives Community Impact Award

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Paul James, Executive Director, received the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award last night at the Fall Gala Celebration hosted by the East Tennessee Community Design Center. The award was presented to Paul, as well as Randy and Jenny Boyd and Carol Evans, in tribute to the life and work of the late Bruce McCarty who initiated the work of the Design Center in 1970.

Since Paul joined Ijams in 2000, the park has grown from 80 to 300 acres and now includes over 12 miles of multi-use trails. The Visitor Center, which opened in 1997, was designed by Bruce McCarty.


Ijams Close to Completing Ropes Course

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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Ijams has teamed up with Phil Bateman and New Horizons Center for Experiential Learning to break ground on a new ropes course. Corporate, youth and community groups will be led by a cadre of experienced facilitators engaged in team-building and professional development activities in Ijams’ premier outdoor setting. A ribbon cutting is expected for late October, thereby expanding the scope of outdoor experiences through Ijams’ 300-acre park.

Scripps Networks gave a boost to the ropes course during their volunteer day last week. 40+ employees came out to help with course preparation and low element building. Many thanks to Scripps! Learn more at the Ijams Blog.