Nature Adventure Camp 2018

Registration Opens December 1 for Ijams Members; December 8 for non-members.

New in 2017! Participants that register through our online registration system will have the opportunity to pay for camp in multiple installments, providing greater flexibility for our families! Payment installments are NOT available for phone registration.

Located minutes from downtown Knoxville on 300 acres of beautiful woodlands with nature trails, a winding creek, mysterious forests, colorful meadows, and numerous interesting ponds, Ijams Nature Center offers a unique setting for its Summer Nature Adventure Camps.

With our serene surroundings and emphasis on re-connecting children with nature and history, Ijams Nature Adventure Camp is able to offer a variety of exceptional activities with an amazing staff that love to teach and recreate in the outdoors. It is our goal to grow individual confidence, group cooperation, outdoor skills, and environmental responsibility among all of our campers.

Ijams Nature Adventure Camp is open to ages 6 through 12. Kids must either be 6 years old, or have completed one year of Kindergarten to attend Ijams summer camp.

Camp Registration: Parents can choose to register online or over the phone!

  • Online registration: Click here to register online. IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT FAMILY MEMBERSHIP, EMAIL LAUREN AT lbird@ijams.org FOR YOUR DISCOUNT CODE. Note: Each camp will be listed twice- one for each of the age groups (6-8 and 9-12). Be sure to select the camp that corresponds to your child’s age. New in 2017! Parents that choose online registration can now pay for camp in installments!
  • Phone registration: Registration information can be taken over the phone during regular business hours. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 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.

Camp Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Morning camp will be available from 8 – 9 in the morning. This session will consist of both structured and self-guided activities. After-camp care is also available from 4 pm – 5 pm.
  • If you need extended care hours during the week, please be sure to purchase the extended care package when you register for camp. The extended care package is $60 for the entire week. If you do not purchase the extended care package prior to the start of camp, you will be billed $25 per day for any late pick-ups or early drop-offs.

Camp Dates & Rates: The weekly fee for camp is $245 ($225 for Ijams members). Please note that there is a $35 change fee for switching weeks after registration is completed.

Have questions? Please read our Camp Registration Frequently Asked Questions to see if we have answered it.

Camp fees include:

  • All activities
  • Use of all necessary recreational equipment
  • Reusable water bottle for each camper
  • Please note that lunch is no longer provided as part of camp. Please bring a lunch and 2 snacks to camp each day.

Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are a fun and exciting blend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration. We will learn more about the natural world around us through:

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Creek Exploration
  • Insect Collection
  • Birdwatching
  • Orienteering
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Aquatic Sampling

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

Weekly Camp Themes

Week 1: June 4-8
Nature’s Heroes and Villains Week

Week 2: June 11-15
Exploring Ijams Wilderness Week

Week 3: June 18-22
Destination: Dirt!

Week 4: June 25-29
Aquatic Adventures

Week 5: July 9-13
Nature’s Heroes and Villains Week

Week 6: July 16-20
Exploring Ijams Wilderness Week

Week 7: July 23-27
Destination: Dirt!

Week 8: July 30-Aug 3
Aquatic Adventures

For full camp descriptions, click here.