Camps

Nature Adventure Camp 2017

Online Registration is now open. CLICK HERE.

Located minutes from downtown Knoxville on 300 acres of beautiful woodlands with nature trails, a winding creek, mysterious forests, colorful meadows, and numerous interesting ponds, Ijams Nature Center offers a unique setting for its Summer Nature Adventure Camps.

With our serene surroundings and emphasis on re-connecting children with nature and history, Ijams Nature Adventure Camp is able to offer a variety of exceptional activities with an amazing staff that love to teach and recreate in the outdoors. It is our goal to grow individual confidence, group cooperation, outdoor skills, and environmental responsibility among all of our campers.

Ijams Nature Adventure Camp is open to ages 6 through 12. Kids must either be 6 years old, or have completed one year of Kindergarten to attend Ijams summer camp.

Camp Registration: Parents can choose to register online or over the phone!

  • Online registration: Click here for online registration. IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT FAMILY MEMBERSHIP, EMAIL LAUREN AT lbird@ijams.org FOR YOUR DISCOUNT CODE. Note: Each camp will be listed twice- one for each of the age groups (6-8 and 9-12). Be sure to select the camp that corresponds to your child’s age.
  • Phone registration: Registration information can be taken over the phone during regular business hours. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register. Payment is expected in full at the time of registration. Once your program fees are paid, you will receive an email with registration information.

Camp Hours:  Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Morning camp will be available from 8 – 10 in the morning. This session will consist of both structured and self-guided activities. The rate for Morning camp is $10 per day per child. After-camp care is also available from 4 pm – 5 pm. The fee for after-camp care is also $10 per day per child.

Camp Dates & Rates: The weekly fee for camp is $255 ($230 for Ijams members). 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 recreational equipment
  • Lunch and snacks each day
  • Reusable water bottle for each camper

Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are a fun and exciting blend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration. We will learn more about the natural world around us through:

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Creek Exploration
  • Insect Collection
  • Birdwatching
  • Orienteering
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Aquatic Sampling

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.

Weekly Camp Themes

Week 1: June 5-9
Nature’s Heroes and Villains Week

Week 2: June 12-16
Exploring Ijams Wilderness Week

Week 3: June 19-23
Time Traveling Explorers

Week 4: June 26-30 FULL
Aquatic Adventures

Week 5: July 10-14
Nature’s Heroes and Villains Week

Week 6: July 17-21
Exploring Ijams Wilderness Week

Week 7: July 24-28
Time Traveling Explorers Week

Week 8: July 31-Aug 4
Aquatic Adventures

For full camp descriptions, click here.