Ijams’ dazzling array of outdoor programs provides you with almost endless opportunities to get outdoors and experience the heart of Knoxville’s richest urban landscape.

Ijams is also a place where you can be engaged and learn to enjoy and appreciate the wonders of nature in all its forms. Since the early days of H.P. and Alice Ijams, when they encouraged people from across the community to enjoy their Bird Sanctuary, education has played a central role here.

Ijams’ programs cater for all ages. From adult programs featuring classic combinations like wine tasting on the trails to family bug nights and day camps for your children, Ijams has it all.

Tennessee Naturalist Program

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

To learn more about the TNP at Ijams, please click here.

Growing Alice’s Garden

To continue the gardening legacy that Alice Ijams began over 100 years ago, Ijams is launching a new gardening series. Each month, you’ll flex your green thumb as you explore seasonal gardening topics. Whether you’re learning how to make garden gold, or enjoying your favorite garden snacks, we’re sure you’ll have fun getting your hands dirty!

For more information, please check out our monthly schedule.

Ijams Birding Series

We hear that birds of a feather flock together. Well if that’s true, you’ll find lots of like-minded bird brains in this year-long birding adventure. Each month, we’ll take a closer look at the avian world of our feathered friends. From migration and nesting behavior to family birding and smartphone apps, the world of birding has never been so exciting!

For more information, please check out our monthly birding programs.


Thanks to generous grants from Alcoa Foundation, Ijams has been able to incorporate a series of green energy applications around the visitor center to reduce traditional energy and serve as interpretive opportunities for visitors. In 2013, Ijams added two rainwater harvest systems onsite at the Alice Ijams Teaching Garden.  A grant in 2014 allowed Ijams to purchase a series of products manufactured by Goal Zero to enhance programming and events while using clean energy.  For more info on this initiative, click here

Solar Graphic

In 2015, Ijams added an 11.2 kWh solar array on the roof of the Visitor Center.  Clean energy collected from the sun now reduces our utility bill every month. The interpretive sign adjacent to the building on the plaza is read by hundreds of visitors and solar educational components have been incorporated into numerous programs ranging from school field trips, scout badges to the Tennessee Naturalist Series for adults.  Special thanks to ALCOA FOUNDATION for supporting our efforts!

Alcoa solar sign 


Thanks also to Ed Zubko and Green Energy Solar for working with us on this sustainable installation!

Ijams Solar Installation