Ijams Recent News

Ijams Hosts Open House This Saturday, 1-3P

January 16th, 2018

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What do you think Ijams Nature Center should be?

If you have some great ideas about the future of Ijams or want to know more about the nonprofit’s new Nature Preschool and other programs, please join us for an open houses Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

The event is part of the public information-gathering stage of the nature center’s new strategic planning process, will help Ijams develop comprehensive goals and objectives for the next five to seven years.

“Getting public input is critical to Ijams’ future growth,” Executive Director Amber Parker said. “This strategic plan will be a roadmap for Ijams Nature Center as it plans new educational efforts and determines how Ijams will meet the needs of the growing East Tennessee community.”

People who attend will be able to talk about all aspects of Ijams, including plans to open a new nature preschool in 2018, trail use, volunteering, membership, family and adult programs, events, recreation and rentals.

If you can’t attend, but would like to share your thoughts about Ijams, please fill out this brief survey. Thank you!

Recycle 2017 Christmas Trees at Knox County Convenience Centers

December 14th, 2017

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Ijams Nature Center has recycled old Christmas trees into mulch for the nature center’s more than 12 miles of trails for several years, but Ijams has a big supply of mulch and will NOT be recycling trees this year. There are a variety of locations where you can recycle your tree, so please keep it out of the landfill by taking it to one of these Knox County convenience centers:

  • Dutchtown Convenience Center – 10618 Dutchtown Road
  • Halls Convenience Center – 3608 Neal Drive
  • John Sevier Convenience Center – 1950 West John Sevier Highway
  • Karns Convenience Center – 6930 Karns Crossing Lane
  • Powell Convenience Center – 7311 Morton View Lane
  • Tazewell Pike Convenience Center – 7201 Tazewell Pike

Thank you!

Ijams Visitor Center Holiday Hours

December 14th, 2017

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Ijams Nature Center’s Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the trails! The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Ijams Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process with Open Houses Dec. 7 and Dec. 12

November 29th, 2017

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If you’ve got some great ideas about the future of Ijams Nature Center or want to know more about the nonprofit’s new Nature Preschool and other programs, make plans to attend one of Ijams’ two open houses scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ijams Visitor Center. Learn More

Boardwalk reopens!

October 19th, 2017

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The boardwalk has been repaired, cleaned and stained and is reopened! Thank you for your patience while we serviced one of our most popular attractions. We thank Ben, Jack, Lian and all of our wonderful volunteers that helped restore our boardwalk’s beauty!

Ijams Resumes Regular Hours

August 21st, 2017

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With school back in session and football games right around the corner, Ijams’ Visitor Center will return to regular hours starting Monday, August 14, 2017. Hours are Monday through Thursday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday  9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm . Outdoor restrooms at the Home Site and Ijams Quarries will remain open.

The Navitat zipline adventure park located within Ijams will continue with their scheduled hours, which are posted at www.navitat.com/knoxville-tn

As always, gates will open at 8 am  and close at dark. It’s still a great time of year to enjoy the beauty of Ijams!


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.