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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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Ijams River Landing–CLOSED

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

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The Ijams River Landing will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED, starting Sunday at 8 PM, until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Ijams River Rescue Needs Site Captains for April 7!

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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Picking up trash might not sound like a good time, but hundreds of volunteers join forces each year to clean up the Tennessee River during Ijams River Rescue, and it’s clear from their smiles that they enjoy it.

This year celebrates the 29th annual Ijams River Rescue, presented by Dow Chemical Company and TVA. The event, which draws between 600-1000 volunteers each year and removes between 10-14 tons of trash from the river’s shorelines and its tributary creeks, is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ijams Nature Center would like to add more cleanup sites this year to have an even bigger impact, but to do that, Ijams needs to add about 40 more volunteer site captains to its roster.

“The more site captains we have, the more areas we can target,” said Ijams Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Bird. “Site captains keep each site running smoothly and help us address any issues that may arise.”

A site captain’s duties range from checking in volunteers and going over safety procedures to handing out snacks and completing a brief cleanup report. There are at least two site captains at each location. These volunteers are required to attend a brief training session prior to the event. Training will be offered on a few different dates to ensure everyone can participate.

“In 2017, about 700 volunteers removed 11.5 tons of garbage from 35 sites starting above the river’s headwaters and ending at Fort Loudoun Dam in Loudon County,” she said. “When River Rescue started, some of these locations were in terrible shape. Waste had been collecting for years and volunteers were finding couches, televisions and other large items.”

As cleanups have continued, Bird said they have seen fewer big items at these locations, and while volunteers still find plenty of trash and debris, these areas take less time to clean so they need fewer volunteers.

“Adding site captains will allow us to address sites we haven’t been able to get to in a couple of years and focus on new areas,” Bird said. “A site captain’s work isn’t terribly strenuous or hard, but they determine how many sites we can care for. If you have a friend, spouse or partner, you can volunteer as co-captains, which will make it more fun.”

For details about Ijams River Rescue or to volunteer to be a site captain, contact Lauren Bird at or 865-577-4717, ext. 135. A general call for volunteers will be issued at a later date.

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 8:00 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.

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Ijams Hosts Open House This Saturday, 1-3P

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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What do you think Ijams Nature Center should be?

If you have some great ideas about the future of Ijams or want to know more about the nonprofit’s new Nature Preschool and other programs, please join us for an open houses Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

The event is part of the public information-gathering stage of the nature center’s new strategic planning process, will help Ijams develop comprehensive goals and objectives for the next five to seven years.

“Getting public input is critical to Ijams’ future growth,” Executive Director Amber Parker said. “This strategic plan will be a roadmap for Ijams Nature Center as it plans new educational efforts and determines how Ijams will meet the needs of the growing East Tennessee community.”

People who attend will be able to talk about all aspects of Ijams, including plans to open a new nature preschool in 2018, trail use, volunteering, membership, family and adult programs, events, recreation and rentals.

If you can’t attend, but would like to share your thoughts about Ijams, please fill out this brief survey. Thank you!

Recycle 2017 Christmas Trees at Knox County Convenience Centers

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Ijams Nature Center has recycled old Christmas trees into mulch for the nature center’s more than 12 miles of trails for several years, but Ijams has a big supply of mulch and will NOT be recycling trees this year. There are a variety of locations where you can recycle your tree, so please keep it out of the landfill by taking it to one of these Knox County convenience centers:

  • Dutchtown Convenience Center – 10618 Dutchtown Road
  • Halls Convenience Center – 3608 Neal Drive
  • John Sevier Convenience Center – 1950 West John Sevier Highway
  • Karns Convenience Center – 6930 Karns Crossing Lane
  • Powell Convenience Center – 7311 Morton View Lane
  • Tazewell Pike Convenience Center – 7201 Tazewell Pike

Thank you!

Ijams Visitor Center Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Ijams Nature Center’s Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the trails! The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Ijams Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process with Open Houses Dec. 7 and Dec. 12

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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If you’ve got some great ideas about the future of Ijams Nature Center or want to know more about the nonprofit’s new Nature Preschool and other programs, make plans to attend one of Ijams’ two open houses scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ijams Visitor Center. Learn More

Boardwalk reopens!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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The boardwalk has been repaired, cleaned and stained and is reopened! Thank you for your patience while we serviced one of our most popular attractions. We thank Ben, Jack, Lian and all of our wonderful volunteers that helped restore our boardwalk’s beauty!

Ijams Resumes Regular Hours

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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With school back in session and football games right around the corner, Ijams’ Visitor Center will return to regular hours starting Monday, August 14, 2017. Hours are Monday through Thursday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday  9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm . Outdoor restrooms at the Home Site and Ijams Quarries will remain open.

The Navitat zipline adventure park located within Ijams will continue with their scheduled hours, which are posted at

As always, gates will open at 8 am  and close at dark. It’s still a great time of year to enjoy the beauty of Ijams!