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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!


Friday, July 21st, 2017

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Hundreds of folks visit Ijams Nature Center every summer asking about the sunflower fields. Although the fields are not on Ijams property, we are happy to point people in the right direction! The sunflowers are actually planted by TWRA at the Forks of the River WMA, a property located just down the greenway from Ijams.

****update July 21, 2017 *** we’re sorry to say that they are past their prime! Our visitors let us know that they are wilted. Please visit again next early July!


This lovely photo was taken by our very own naturalist-storyteller-journalist-photographer-extraordinaire Stephen Lyn Bales last year.

Ijams Announces New Partnership!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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For over 100 years, the Ijams property has been a place where children could truly connect with nature. From the four Ijams daughters in the early 1900s through to the hundreds of girl scouts we teach every year, getting girls outdoors has been an important part of our history. In keeping with this century-long tradition, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the teach of Girls Outside.

The new programs will be known as Girls Outside with Ijams, and will offer all-girl hikes that encourage girls to explore the outdoors through hiking, promoting physical activity, independence and self-esteem. This new partnership allows us to provide girls in our local community with more exciting opportunities to spend time in nature.

Please check our calendar of events for upcoming hike dates, or call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 for registration and information. We hope to see you soon!

Girls Outside has had many adventures at Ijams Nature Center before -- look for more adventures WITH Ijams Nature Center coming soon!

Exhibit Area Improvements

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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Please bear with us as we make improvements to the exhibit area in the Visitor Center. During this time, sections of the exhibits will be closed to visitors but please enjoy our renovated aquarium display as well as our gift shop.