2020 Nature Adventure Camps


Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are anything but your ordinary, run-of-the-mill day camps. At Ijams, we make every effort to ensure that campers end each day worn out, dirty, and excited to do it all over again the next day. And, we take pride in the fact that campers often experience the magic and activities typically associated with overnight camps, but at half the cost and with all of the conveniences of a local daycare. Alongside traditional activities like canoeing, camp-wide competitions, and silly songs, our campers experience the transformative and bonding power of outdoor adventures and nature exploration, igniting a lifelong passion for learning and being active. During campers’ journeys through Ijams camps, our experienced staff members support and inspire campers to push their comfort zones, build new friendships, and foster resilient spirits.

In each session, campers discover a whole new world in nature through:

  • Canoeing
  • Pond/Creek Exploration
  • Rock Scrambling
  • Insect Collection
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Dip Netting
  • Bouldering
  • 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. During select sessions, we are now offering high-ropes course experiences with Navitat Canopy Adventures and caving! Take a look at all of the themes and descriptions of 2020 Summer Nature Adventure Camps, or see below for a list of each theme with its corresponding dates and description.


***For a taste of what Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are all about, come to our Summer Camp Open House on March 3, 2020, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.***


2020 Weekly Camp Dates and Themes include:

Session 1 (June 8-12) – Survival of the Fittest

Session 2 (June 15-19) – H2Olympics (Mid-Summer Games)

Session 3 (June 22-26) – Branching Out!

Session 4 (June 29-July 3) – South Knoxville Summer Safari

Session 5 (July 6-10) – Survival of the Fittest

Session 6 (July 13-17) – H2Olympics (Late-Summer Games)

Session 7 (July 20-24) – Branching Out!

Session 8 (July 27-31) – South Knoxville Summer Safari


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 $260 if registering online or $275 if registering in-person or over the phone.

This year we are also offering 2 summer sessions of Branching Out!,  which provides campers with opportunities to access Navitat’s tree-based adventure park. The weekly fee for these sessions is $$285 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

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 $15 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.
  • 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 $15.00 will be added to your total cost. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 114 to register.


Current Camp Specials!

Early Bird Discount: Parents registering by March 15, 2020 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 MEMBERSUMMER20 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-session Discount:

When registering for multiple sessions of  Nature Adventure Camp (Ages 6-12), save $10 on each additional session registered for by a participant (automatically applied at checkout).

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 MULTICHILD20 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.