Ijams Recent News


July 21st, 2017

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Hundreds of folks visit Ijams Nature Center every summer asking about the sunflower fields. Although the fields are not on Ijams property, we are happy to point people in the right direction! The sunflowers are actually planted by TWRA at the Forks of the River WMA, a property located just down the greenway from Ijams.

****update July 21, 2017 *** we’re sorry to say that they are past their prime! Our visitors let us know that they are wilted. Please visit again next early July!


This lovely photo was taken by our very own naturalist-storyteller-journalist-photographer-extraordinaire Stephen Lyn Bales last year.

Ijams Announces New Partnership!

September 7th, 2016

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For over 100 years, the Ijams property has been a place where children could truly connect with nature. From the four Ijams daughters in the early 1900s through to the hundreds of girl scouts we teach every year, getting girls outdoors has been an important part of our history. In keeping with this century-long tradition, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the teach of Girls Outside.

The new programs will be known as Girls Outside with Ijams, and will offer all-girl hikes that encourage girls to explore the outdoors through hiking, promoting physical activity, independence and self-esteem. This new partnership allows us to provide girls in our local community with more exciting opportunities to spend time in nature.

Please check our calendar of events for upcoming hike dates, or call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 for registration and information. We hope to see you soon!

Girls Outside has had many adventures at Ijams Nature Center before -- look for more adventures WITH Ijams Nature Center coming soon!

Exhibit Area Improvements

February 18th, 2016

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Please bear with us as we make improvements to the exhibit area in the Visitor Center. During this time, sections of the exhibits will be closed to visitors but please enjoy our renovated aquarium display as well as our gift shop.

Hummingbird Festival Coming Up!

July 25th, 2014

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Join us on Saturday, August 2o for the Wonders of Hummingbirds Festival here at Ijams, in partnership with Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children, and kids 4 and under are free. We are also offering family pricing of $20 per family (parents plus children). The festival hours are 8 am – 2 pm. The highlight of the festival is the hummingbird banding, which takes place between 8 am – 11:30 am. In addition to the banding demonstrations, we will have educational presentations, art and craft vendors, children’s activities, guided hikes, and more! Learn more at our event page.

Ijams Sponsors Knox County Trail Volunteer Program

June 27th, 2014

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Ijams is sponsoring a new Trail Volunteer program created by Knox County Parks & Recreation. Trained volunteers play an important role in representing our community and help create a world class trail system in Knox County.

The Trail Volunteer program’s mission is to utilize citizen volunteers as goodwill ambassadors to to GREET, INFORM and ASSIST trail users.

Learn more about this program at Trail Volunteers.

Tomato Head fundraiser supports Ijams throughout June

June 3rd, 2014

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The Tomato Head invites you to join us throughout June as we fundraise for south Knoxville’s Ijams Nature Center. Ijams offers over 300 acres of protected wildlife habitat and natural areas with over 12 miles of trails as well as convenient access to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. As a member and visitor supported nonprofit, your generous donations are needed to continue its ongoing legacy.

“Ijams is excited to partner with Tomato Head and their Loving Spoonful program for the month of June. All of the proceeds for the month will go towards programs to get kids in the Knoxville area active and outdoors,” said Mary Thom Adams, Assistant Director and Development Director. “The mission of Ijams is to provide engaging outdoor experiences for all people, and with the help of Tomato Head, we are working towards a happier and healthier community here in East Tennessee.”

Proceeds generated at each event go directly to Ijams Nature Center.

  • All month (Kneading Dough Fundraiser) Proceeds from the sale of any type of Flour Head Bakery bread at both Tomato Head locations goes to Ijams.
  • June 12 (Sandwich Day Fundraiser) Both Tomato Head locations will offer a special Ijams Nature Center sandwich.
  • June 17 (Pint Night Fundraiser)Featuring Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company’s “More Than Meets the Rye” double dry hopped IPA.

“Ijams is such a positive force in our community that they were an easy choice as Loving Spoonful partners.  Their work at preserving our natural environment and making their campus open and inviting for all of Knoxville to enjoy is paralleled only by the beauty of the Ijams park itself,” said Tomato Head co-owner Scott Partin.

For more information or interviews, please contact Mary Thom Adams, Assistant Director and Development Director, at 865-546-8446 and mtadams@ijams.org, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at marketing@thetomatohead.com and 865-850-2318.

Canoe, SUP & Bike Rentals Open for the Summer!

May 2nd, 2014

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Get outdoors the River Sports Experience at Ijams! Canoe, SUP and Bike Rentals are now available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check here for more details!


25th Annual River Rescue Success

April 8th, 2014

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A beautiful spring day, hundreds of volunteers with bountiful enthusiasm heralds great success for River Rescue 2014. While we collate results, enjoy a brief clip of the event courtesy of TVA. Thanks to TVA and all of our sponsors and partners.


Hike-A-Thon Registration Open!

March 7th, 2014

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Now and through March, sign up and begin hiking, biking, and strolling throughout Ijams! Go solo or register a team of up to 10 friends and colleagues. Rack up those miles, get healthy and support Knoxville’s most cherished park. Learn more here.

Pardon our Construction

March 5th, 2014

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Construction is under way throughout March on the Visitor Center plaza. Landscape changes, artwork, information kiosk, wildlife interpretation and a pet station are all new elements being added this spring. We apologize for any inconvenience to your visit during this time. Major construction should be completed by mid-March.