Archive for April, 2018

Ijams Hosts Nature Preschool Open Houses April 25 and 30

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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Ijams Nature Center will host open houses for families interested in learning more about the new Nature Preschool at Ijams Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. and Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Ijams Miller Education Building, 2915 Island Home Ave.

Registration is open for the Nature Preschool, which will focus on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning for children ages 3-5. The fall semester starts August 20 and features four sessions:

– Monday/Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon
– Monday/Wednesday 1-4 p.m.
– Tuesday/Thursday 9 a.m.-noon
– Tuesday/Thursday 1-4 p.m.

The Nature Preschool at Ijams will blend traditional education standards with the opportunity to learn about and explore the natural world. Children will spend the majority of their time outdoors, where they will learn through play, discovery and inquiry.

“Ijams’ Nature Preschool will align with Waldorf Education principles, which focus on developing the whole child,” Education Director Jennifer Roder said. “Activities will focus on sensory experiences with live animals, natural objects, artifacts and art materials.”

Roder said the Nature Preschool’s curricula will encourage curiosity, cognitive growth and motor skills through unstructured, child-led outdoor adventures. Children will build problem-solving, math and engineering skills through hands-on experiences, and cultivate social skills through group play and opportunities for cooperative learning.

Ijams Nature Center also is offering eight consecutive weeks of Nature Preschool Day Camp in morning and afternoon sessions starting June 4. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon; the afternoon session runs from 1-4 p.m. To register for Nature Preschool Day Camp, call 865-577-4717, ext. 114.

For more information about the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center and the upcoming open houses, visit

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 865-577-4717.

Celebrate ‘Subaru Share the Love’ Success with Grayson Subaru at Ijams April 16 at 10A

Friday, April 13th, 2018

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The public is invited to join Ijams Nature Center and Grayson Subaru to celebrate the success of the 2017 Subaru Share the Love event on Monday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at a check presentation at the Ijams Nature Center Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. in Knoxville.

Grayson Subaru officials will present Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker with the donation, which is the largest amount to-date presented by Grayson Subaru to a local hometown charity.

“We’d like to thank our loyal Grayson Subaru customers for making this donation possible,” said Randy Carter, Grayson Subaru sales manager. “Together with Subaru of America, we’re making a difference in our community.”

The Subaru Share the Love event ran Nov. 16, 2017, through Jan. 2, 2018. Subaru of America, Inc., donated $250 for each new Subaru purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of several charities. Grayson Subaru customers could choose to designate donations to Ijams or one of the following charities: ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America and National Park Foundation.

Subaru of America, Inc. recently announced its donation of $21.8 million to national and local charities as part of the 2017 Share the Love event. In celebration of the campaign’s 10th anniversary and the automaker’s 50th anniversary in the United States, Subaru did not place a cap on total contributions to its Share the Love charitable partners for the second consecutive year.

This year’s donations, along with a match of more than $2 million from Subaru retailers, including Grayson Subaru, brings the grand total amount donated throughout the life of the program to more than $118 million, exceeding the $115 million total estimate predicted at the launch of the 2017 Subaru Share the Love event.

Ijams plans to use the donation to assist in cleaning up and restoring a 13.46-acre site recently purchased by the nonprofit. After restoration, the site will feature footpaths and natural play elements for children. The site also will be a place for citizen science and other Ijams education programs.

A team of Grayson Subaru volunteers was the first to tackle the site at the 29th annual Ijams River Rescue April 7, removing an estimated 1,332 pounds of trash and 112 tires.

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