Nature Day Camps

Located minutes from downtown Knoxville on 315+ acres of beautiful woodlands with nature trails, winding creeks, mysterious forests, colorful meadows and numerous interesting ponds, Ijams Nature Center offers a unique setting for day camps for a variety of ages throughout the year. Our camps seek to reconnect children with nature and history through a variety of exceptional activities and amazing staff members who love to teach and recreate outdoors. It is our goal to grow individual confidence, group cooperation, outdoor skills and environmental responsibility in all of our campers.

For more information about each upcoming camp, including dates, hours, fees, and to register, please visit one of the following camp pages:

It is always a bit tricky to plan for Spring Break. While this school holiday typically falls during the actual season of spring, the weather often still feels like winter! As a result, it is hard to know if kids should head outside to play or stay inside by the fire. Fortunately, Ijams has the perfect solution—send your kids to camp to celebrate both their survival of winter AND the arrival of spring, as the Spring Equinox splits the week in two seasons once again this year!

Learn more about Spring Break Camp!


Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are a fun and exciting blend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration. During each session, campers encounter and learn more about the natural world through canoeing, pond and creek exploration, rock scrambling, insect collection, bird watching, hiking, dip netting, team building, fishing, wilderness survival and outdoor skills, arts and crafts, camp games, skits, songs, and more!

Learn more about Summer Nature Adventure Camp!



Preschool Summer Camp will focus on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day will be spend outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children will learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. Not only will children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they will also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life.

Learn more about Preschool Summer Camp!



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 discounted tuition fee on camp programs. At checkout, use the coupon codes MEMBERSPRING20 for Spring Break Camp or MEMBERSUMMER20 for Ijams Summer Camps. Membership must be at the family level or higher, and current at the time of camp, to take advantage of this discount (NOTE: If your membership is not current and you utilize this code, you will be billed to update your membership accordingly). Members are not eligible for two summer’s worth of discounts for one annual membership.
  • Multi-child Discount: Parents registering multiple children for camps receive additional discounts. Please see camp pages for specific discounts.