Archive for October, 2019

Ijams Primal Playground Ribbon Cutting and Green Exercise Festival is Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-5 p.m.

Friday, October 11th, 2019

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There will be more than one kick-off happening in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 12!

Please join Ijams Nature Center for the grand opening of the Ijams Primal Playground with a ribbon cutting and Green Exercise Festival at Mead’s Quarry from 2-5 p.m. The first-of-its-kind green exercise space is a short walk from the main Quarry parking lot along Pink Marble Trail.

Come dressed to work out! You’ll have the chance to try the natural elements of the playground with assistance from Ijams volunteers after the ribbon cutting and short remarks. Local outdoor vendors and partners will also be there to promote the many other outdoor/green exercise options in Knoxville. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Ijams Primal Playground was made possible by The Siddiqi Charitable Foundation, Earthadelic, Legacy Parks Foundation, Knox County Parks & Recreation, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation and countless volunteers.

It’s going to be a great day to celebrate outdoor movement and the wonder of East Tennessee’s natural areas, so we hope you can join us!

Ijams Primal Playground Ribbon Cutting and Green Exercise Festival
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-5 p.m.

Mead’s Quarry / Pink Marble Trail at Ijams Nature Center
3518 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN  37920


2 p.m.  Ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks

  • Amber Parker, Executive Director, Ijams Nature Center
  • Stephanie Welch, Council Member, 1st District, City of Knoxville
  • Mark Rice, Designer of Primal Playground

2:30-5 p.m.  Ijams Primal Playground opens. Volunteers will be available to assist community members in learning how to use the new exercise space. The following organizations will have information promoting other ways to be active outdoors:

  • Earthadelic
  • Knox Area Climbers
  • Knoxville Track Club
  • Legacy Parks Foundation
  • Navitat – Knoxville
  • River Sports Outfitters

Grayson Subaru Presents 2019 Subaru Outback to Ijams Nature Center

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

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Grayson Subaru presents 2019 Subaru Outback to Ijams Nature Center.

When Grayson Auto Group Marketing Coordinator Dan Moyers invited Ijams Nature Center’s Amber Parker and Cindy Hassil to come to Grayson Subaru for a surprise, they weren’t sure what to expect.

Grayson Subaru has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit nature center, most recently partnering with Ijams on work to clean up and restore a 14-acre property named The Grayson Preserve. However, there was stunned silence when Grayson Subaru Sales Manager Randy Carter and Moyers gestured to the lot of new vehicles, saying, “Let’s go pick out your new car.”

“Dan knew how badly Ijams needed a new vehicle for outreach programs and general business, but Grayson Subaru had never presented a car for such use before,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “That’s what makes this so special. Our friends at Grayson Subaru believe in the mission of Ijams so much that they wanted to help in a significant way. We are truly grateful to the Grayson family, Randy and Dan for making this possible.”

The 2019 Subaru Outback features a full-color wrap showing children learning and playing in nature. The wrap was created by Great American Sign Company.

“This car is a wonderful reminder to people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors,” Moyers said. “Ijams Nature Center and Subaru both believe that nature is something to enjoy and protect.”

“We knew an Outback was the perfect car for Ijams,” Carter added. “Even the interior is made for easy cleanup after transporting animals or wet, muddy gear. We’re proud to partner with an organization that is working to make a difference in the world.”


Dan Moyers, Marketing Coordinator, Grayson Auto Group
865-693-4550 /

Amber Parker, Executive Director, Ijams Nature Center
865-577-4717, ext. 118 /