FALL BREAK CAMP: Autumn Adventures

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Date(s) - October 08, 2018 - October 12, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


No plans yet for fall break? Don’t fret; Ijams has a solution for what to do with your children when school’s out—get them outside!

Ages: 6-12


Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920


Give your children the ultimate Fall Break experience that opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder of the changing seasons. The crisp, cool air and spectacular colors of autumn make this one of most enjoyable times of year to explore our 300+ acres of protected wildlife habitat, trails, scenic overlooks, limestone features, nature playscapes, creeks, and access to Mead’s Quarry and the Tennessee River.

Fall Break campers will examine signs of autumn, investigate plants and animals preparing for winter, catch falling leaves, build and play in leaf piles, and more! Additionally, campers will enjoy many of the same activities from our Summer Nature Adventure Camps, including:

  • Hiking
  • Rock Scrambling/Bouldering
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Pond/Creek Exploration
  • Insect Collection
  • Birdwatching (with an emphasis on fall migration!)
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Navigation/Orienteering
  • Wilderness/Survival Skills
  • Live Animal Presentations
  • Arts and Crafts
  • And more!

*NOTE: Although we try to include all of the above activities in each week of camp, there will be some variation based on weather and other factors.

Staff and Philosophy

As with all Ijams camps, Fall Break Camp is led by an amazing staff that loves to teach and recreate in the outdoors. It is our goal to reconnect children with the natural world, all the while fostering individual confidence, group cooperation, outdoor skills, and environmental responsibility among our campers.


Ijams Fall Break Camp is open to children ages 6 to 12 years old. While we make every attempt to group campers with other children of similar ages, we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. Depending on enrollment, we may choose to mix age groups in order to build community and encourage mentorship among campers. Camper groupings are always at the discretion of Ijams staff.

  • NOTE: Children must either be 6 years old, or have already COMPLETED one year of Kindergarten to attend. Ijams staff are not responsible for assisting children with using the bathroom. 

Camp Hours and Rates

The weekly fee for Fall Break Camp is $225 if registering online or $250 if registering in-person or over the phone. Ijams members (Family Level or higher) will receive a $25 discount.

Camp fees include:

  • All activities
  • Use of all necessary recreation equipment
  • A reusable water bottle for each camper

NOTE: Lunch is no longer provided as part of camp. All participants must bring a lunch and 2 snacks to camp each day.

Regular hours for Fall Break Camp are Monday, October 8th through Friday, October 12th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day.

  • Before Care sessions are available each morning from 8:00 – 9:00 am. The rate for Before Care is $10 per child per morning at the time of registration.
  • After Care sessions are available each afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The fee for After-Care is $10 per child per afternoon at the time of registration.
  • Extended Care sessions consist of both structured and self-guided activities.
  • NOTE: If you do not purchase the Extended Care sessions prior to the start of camp, you will be billed $25 per day for any late pick-ups or early drop-offs.

Camp Registration

Participants may choose to register online, over the phone, or in-person. Those that register through our online registration system will have the opportunity to pay for camp in multiple installments, providing greater flexibility for our families. However, for phone or in-person registrations, payment installments are NOT available, and an administrative fee of $25.00 will be added to your total cost.

  • Online registration:Click HERE for online registration. IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT FAMILY MEMBERSHIP, EMAIL TYLER EDMONDSON at tedmondson@ijams.org FOR YOUR DISCOUNT CODE.
  • In-Person or Phone registration:Registration information can be taken in-person or over the phone during regular business hours. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 114 to register. PAYMENT IS EXPECTED IN FULL AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Once your program fees are paid, you will receive an email with registration information.

 Have questions? Please contact Tyler Edmondson, Camp Director, at tedmondson@ijams.org or (865) 577-4717, ext. 114.