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SPRING BREAK CAMP: Winter Survival/Spring Arrival

March 16 @ 9:00 am - March 20 @ 4:00 pm




It is always a bit tricky to plan for Spring Break. While this school holiday typically falls during the actual season of spring, the weather often still feels like winter! As a result, it is hard to know if kids should head outside to play or stay inside by the fire.

Fortunately, Ijams has the perfect solution—send your kids to camp to celebrate both their survival of winter AND the arrival of spring, as the Spring Equinox splits the week in two seasons once again this year!

Plus, for the first time ever during Ijams’ camps, we are teaming up with our good friends at Navitat Canopy Adventures to offer Spring Break campers the chance to climb, leap, and zipline their way through our treetops during one 3-hour time block in our activity schedule. NOTE: The Navitat experience is physically demanding and mentally challenging. Please review and ensure that your child meets camp’s eligibility requirements prior to registration.



Winter Survival/Spring Arrival Spring Break Camp Description and Activities

Give your children the ultimate Spring Break experience that opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder of the changing seasons. Creatures that have been hiding all winter are now on the move and leaving a trail behind them. New plant life is silently emerging and peeking out around every turn. Spring Break campers will look for early signs of spring and celebrate their own survival of the current winter by learning the basics of winter survival skills and winter ecology, with an emphasis on how plants, birds, and other animals use their unique adaptations and keen survival skills to endure the harsh conditions of winter months.

As a bonus this year, campers will enjoy a 3-hour session at Navitat, adventuring through a variety of challenge elements built among the trees of Ijams’ forest.

The moderate temperatures and early signs of spring 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.

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
  • Bird Watching (with an emphasis on spring migration!)
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Winter Survival Skills (i.e. fire making, shelter building, etc.)
  • Wilderness 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, Spring Break Camp is led by a amazing staff members who love 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.


Age and Eligibility Requirements

Ijams Spring Break Camp is open to children ages 6 to 12 years old.

In addition to age, registration and attendance for Nature Adventure Camps are based on participants being able to reasonably meet the requirements listed in our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


Camp Hours and Rates

The weekly fee for Spring Break Camp is $285 if registering online or $300 if registering in-person or over the phone. Ijams members (Family Level or higher) will receive a $15 discount.

Camp fees include:

  • All activities (including a 3-hour experience at Navitat, a tree-based adventure park)
  • Use of all necessary recreation equipment

NOTE: Lunch is NOT provided by Ijams. All participants must bring a lunch and 2 snacks to camp each day.

Regular hours for Spring Break Camp are Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

  • Before Care sessions are available each morning from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 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 p.m. 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 $15 per instance of 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 $15 is added to your total cost.

Online Registration: 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.

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.


Current Camp Specials!

Ijams Member Discount: Current Ijams members can receive a $15 discount per individual registration for Spring Break Camp. To take advantage of this discount, use the coupon code MEMBERSPRING20 during checkout. Membership must be at the family level or higher, and current at the time of camp (i.e. members are not eligible for two springs’ worth of discounts for one annual membership). NOTE: If your membership is not current and you utilize this code, you will be billed to update your membership accordingly.

Multi-Child Discount: When registering multiple children, save $10 on each additional child in the same household.


March 16 @ 9:00 am
March 20 @ 4:00 pm
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Tyler Edmondson
577-4717, ext. 114


Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States
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(865) 577-4717