2019 Nature Adventure Camps

Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are a fun and exciting blend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration. During each session, campers encounter and learn more about the natural world through:

  • Canoeing
  • Pond/Creek Exploration
  • Rock Scrambling/Bouldering
  • Insect Collection
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Dip Netting
  • Rock Scrambling
  • Team Building
  • Fishing
  • Wilderness, Survival, and Outdoor Skills
  • Live Animal Presentations
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Camp games, skits, songs and more!

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. Click here for full descriptions of this summer’s themes.

2019 Weekly Camp Dates and Themes include:

Session 1 (June 3-7) – Last American Camper

Session 2 (June 10-14) – We are Family

Session 3 (June 17-21) – Weird, Wild, and Wacky

Session 4 (June 24-28) – H2Olympics (Mid-Summer Games)

July 1-5: NO CAMP

Session 5 (July 8-12) – The Amazing World of Ijams

Session 6 (July 15-19) – Tennessee’s Got Talent

Session 7 (July 22-26) – Camper vs. Wild

Session 8 (July 29-Aug 2) – H2Olympics (Late-Summer Games)

Staff and Philosophy

As with all Ijams camps, Nature Adventure Camps are 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.

Age and Eligibility Requirements

Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are open to children ages 6 to 12 years old. Children must either be 6 years old, or have already COMPLETED one year of Kindergarten to attend. Younger campers are invited to participate in our half-day Preschool Summer Camp.

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.

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 Rates 

The weekly fee for each session of Ijams Nature Adventure Camps is $250 if registering online or $275 if registering in-person or over the phone. Ijams members (Family Level or higher) will receive a $15 discount. Please note that there is a $35 change fee for switching weeks after registration is completed.

Camp fees include:

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

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

Camp Hours

Regular hours each session throughout the summer are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

  • Before Care sessions are available each morning from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. After Care sessions are available each afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. All Extended Care sessions consist of both structured and self-guided activities.
  • If you need Extended Care hours during the week, please be sure to purchase the Extended Care Package when you register for camp. The fee is $60 and covers all Extended Care sessions for both morning and afternoon hours throughout the session.
  • NOTE: If you do not purchase this package prior to the start of camp, you will be billed $10 per instance of late pick-ups or early drop-offs that occur during Extended Care hours.

Camp Registration

Participants may choose to register online, over the phone, or in-person:

  • 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. Click here for online registration.
  • In-Person or Phone registration: Registration information can be taken in-person or over the phone during regular business hours. However, for phone or in-person registrations, payment installments are NOT available (i.e. PAYMENT IS EXPECTED IN FULL AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION), and an administrative fee of $25.00 will be added to your total cost. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 114 to register.

Current Camp Specials!

Early Bird Discount: Parents registering BEFORE March 15, 2019 will save 5% on total summer camp fees.

Ijams Member Discount: Current Ijams members can receive a $15 discount per individual registration for summer camp programs. To take advantage of this discount, use the coupon code MEMBERSUMMER19 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 summers’ 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 in Nature Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12), save $10 on each additional child in the same household(automatically applied at checkout).

If you have one child in Nature Adventure Camp and 1 child in Preschool Summer Camp, the discount is applicable to the child in the Preschool Summer Camp. In this instance, the discount will not be automatically applied. As a result, please use the code MULTICHILD19 at checkout to apply the discount to the Preschool Summer Camp registration.

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