Camps

Outdoor Adventure Camp 2016

Registration Now Open!

Located minutes from downtown Knoxville on 300 acres of beautiful woodlands with nature trails, a winding creek, rock climbing, historic buildings, a lake, and animal exhibits, Ijams Nature Center offers a unique setting for its Summer Outdoor Adventure Day Camps.

With our serene setting and emphasis on re-connecting children with nature and history, Ijams Outdoor Adventure Day Camp is able to offer a variety of exceptional activities and 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 Adventure Camp is open to rising Kindergartners through 9th graders (ages 5 through 14). Age groups will include:

  • 5 – 8 years old
  • 9 – 11 years old
  • 12 – 14 years old

Each week will offer an activity-packed, fun-filled session of educational, environmental, and outdoor activities. Activities and crafts will vary with each session as the theme changes. Campers enrolled in multiple sessions will have a new and exciting experience each week of the summer. See the calendar below to choose your sessions.

Activities Include:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Climbing/Rappelling
  • Canoeing/Kayaking/SUP
  • Caving
  • Group Initiatives
  • High/Low Ropes Course
  • CampCraft: equipment, cooking, map & compass, shelter, weather, water purification, risk mngt.
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games & Sports
  • Songs & Skits
  • Weekly Themed Activities
  • Nature & Animal Programs
  • Off-site Adventures: Ripley’s Aquarium, Bricks 4 Kidz, Caving, Hiking

Camp Registration: To register, please (865) 577-4717, ext. 135 and leave a message. We are working hard to return calls in the order in which they are received. Please understand that it may take up to 48 hours for calls to be returned.

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: See individual camp sessions below for specific dates, price, and information.

Camp fees include:

  • All activities (including off-site field trips and transportation)
  • Use of all necessary recreational equipment
  • Lunch and snacks each day
  • Reusable water bottle for each camper

Outdoor Adventure Camp Themes (Ages 5-8)

FULL- Monster Camp (June 6-10)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250         Member of Ijams* – $225

Have you ever met a real, live monster? Join us to explore some of the not-so-scary monsters in nature, where we will wade through the creek, explore critters hiding in the dirt and leaves, and explore caves where only the creepiest of crawlies go. Some say we might even meet a few monsters along the way, but have no fear, because we will transform ourselves into monsters with sinister costumes and face paint. Perhaps our new monster friends will even teach us a trick or two!

FULL- Justice League at Ijams (June 13-17)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

“You’re much stronger than you think you are, trust me”   – Superman
Ijams Nature Center is slowly being taken over by some invasive, super villains called kudzu and privet! We need to assemble a Justice League of Ijams and train a new generation of superheroes. Our campers will explore their inner super hero through fun challenges. They may leap over a building, fly through the sky, or run faster than the speed of light. We will explore the superheroes in nature through the forests, rivers, ponds, and fields at Ijams. Our new superheroes will make indestructible shields, masks, and capes to help them fight against the villains!

FULL- TN Tall Tales (June 20-24)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Join us as campers go where no one has gone before! Off the trails, into the woods, and under the ground to find the parts of Ijams regular visitors don’t get to see. You might also get to meet the highly elusive mystery seeker and archaeologist, Barcus the Tomb Raider! If you want to find out all the hidden mysteries of the park, then join us for this fun week of outdoor exploration!

FULL-Harry Potter (June 27- July 1)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is now in session! Don’t forget to stop by Diagon Alley to get your wand, books, and potions in preparation. We will learn Defense Against the Dark Arts, make new and exciting Potions, learn how to levitate a feather, and maybe transform ourselves into some magical creatures. We may even meet some magical creatures along the way and learn how to care for them. Tons of activity, imagination, and fun will fill this week. Come prepared to be immersed in the world of Harry Potter, while enjoying all that Ijams Outdoor Adventure Camp has to offer!

FULL-Wet-n-Wild Week (July 11-15)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Join us as we go splishin’ and splashin’ through five wet days during the Wet & Wild Week at Ijams Adventure Camp. We will have water challenges, swimming, water gun fights, and endless sprinklers as we focus on all our favorite games and activities to keep us cool when the temperatures rise, and we don’t dry off until it is time to go home! Campers will get a chance to explore the quarry by canoe and kayak, and walk through the creek. We may run into a pirate or two along the way and we will certainly learn more about the aquatic world at Ijams!

FULL- Minecraft (July 18-22)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $270*         Member of Ijams* – $245 (fee includes off-site trip)

Do you like to build castles, explore caves, or invent new machines? Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine.  At camp we will explore the outdoors and work together to create a place according to our vision. We will experience the world of Minecraft with rocks, wood, and water and face new challenges each day. We will also spend a day learning how to build awesome creations out of Lego Bricks with the award winning staff from Bricks 4 Kidz. This program will not only build campers’ fine motors skills and creativity; it will also help them explore the outdoor world along with their imagination and bring it to life.

FULL- Wet-n-Wild Week (July 25-29)
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $270*         Member of Ijams* – $245 (fee includes off-site trip)

Join us for Wet-N-Wild Week v2. Includes all the fun of the first one but adds a field trip to Ripley’s Aquarium, where we will travel through an underwater tunnel, come face to face with penguins, and maybe even see the master of camouflage, the scorpion fish! We will also have water challenges, swimming, water gun fights, and endless sprinklers as we focus on all our favorite games and activities to keep us cool when the temperatures rise, and we don’t dry off until it is time to go home! Campers will get a chance to explore the quarry by canoe and kayak, and walk through the creek. We may run into a pirate or two along the way and we will certainly learn more about the aquatic world at Ijams!

FULL- Summer Olympics – August 1st-5th
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

GO FOR THE GOLD! It will be a gold medal week at Ijams Adventure Camp! We will spend the week learning true Olympic values and discovering the history and the games of the world’s biggest sporting event. With an outdoor twist, this week will build up to our own Ijams Outdoor Adventures Olympic Games.

Outdoor Adventure Camp Themes (Ages 9-14) 

Survivor (June 6-10)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14 (FULL)
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Are you ready for the challenge? Based on the TV show Survivor, campers will start by creating their tribal flags and then will engage in group challenges and competitions in order to earn supplies and valuable equipment throughout the week. Campers will also learn how to make fires, prepare food, and navigate challenges in the wilderness. If you’re lucky, you may even stumble onto a hidden immunity idol. Find out who will outwit, outlast, and outplay at the Ijams Outdoor Adventure Survivor Camp!

TN Adventures (June 13-17)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14 (FULL)
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Did you know that Tennessee has over 3800 documented caves, is home to the “Salamander Capital of the World”, and was the site for the whitewater kayaking event in the 1996 Olympics? Do you know what the Tennessee state animal is? Want to meet him? Join us outside to learn and experience some of Tennessee’s history, facts, and adventures!

Explorer (June 20-24)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL)  & 12-14
Cost: $270           Member of Ijams* – $245 (fee includes off-site trip)

The Wilderness is our playground. This week is dedicated to pure outdoor adventure. Explorer Camp focuses on some of the core Ijams Adventure Camp activities, but broadens the appeal with some more mountain exploration skills. We will challenge campers to develop a sense of group participation and individual stewardship, while instilling confidence in a fun-filled atmosphere. This week also includes a full day off-site adventure.

Harry Potter (June 27-July 1)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is now in session! Don’t forget to stop by Diagon Alley to get your wand, books, and potions in preparation. We will learn defense against the dark arts, make new and exciting potions, learn how to levitate a feather, and maybe transform ourselves into some magical creatures. We may even meet some magical creatures along the way and learn how to care for them. Tons of activity, imagination, and fun will fill this week. Come prepared to be immersed in the world of Harry Potter, while enjoying all that Ijams Outdoor Adventure Camp has to offer!

Wet-n-Wild Week (July 11-15)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Join us as we go splishin’ and splashin’ through five wet days during the Wet & Wild Week at Ijams Adventure Camp. We will have water challenges, swimming, water gun fights, and endless sprinklers as we focus on all our favorite games and activities to keep us cool when the temperatures rise, and we don’t dry off until it is time to go home! Campers will get a chance to explore the quarry by canoe and kayak, and walk through the creek. We may run into a pirate or two along the way and we will certainly learn more about the aquatic world at Ijams!

Explorer (July 18-22)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14
Cost: $270           Member of Ijams* – $245 (fee includes off-site trip)

The Wilderness is our playground. This week is dedicated to pure outdoor adventure. Explorer Camp focuses on some of the core Ijams Adventure Camp activities, but broadens the appeal with some more mountain exploration skills. We will challenge campers to develop a sense of group participation and individual stewardship, while instilling confidence in a fun-filled atmosphere. This week also includes a full day off-site adventure.

Wet-n-Wild Week (July 25-29)
Ages: 9-11 (FULL) & 12-14
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

Join us as we go splishin’ and splashin’ through five wet days during the Wet & Wild Week at Ijams Adventure Camp. We will have water challenges, swimming, water gun fights, and endless sprinklers as we focus on all our favorite games and activities to keep us cool when the temperatures rise, and we don’t dry off until it is time to go home! Campers will get a chance to explore the quarry by canoe and kayak, and walk through the creek. We may run into a pirate or two along the way and we will certainly learn more about the aquatic world at Ijams!

Summer Olympics (August 1-5)
Ages: 9-11 & 12-14
Cost: $250           Member of Ijams* – $225

GO FOR THE GOLD! It will be a gold medal week at Ijams Adventure Camp! We will spend the week learning true Olympic values and discovering the history and the games of the world’s biggest sporting event. With an outdoor twist, this week will build up to our own Ijams Outdoor Adventures Olympic Games.

*Membership must be at the family level or higher AND current at the time of camp in order to be eligible for the member discount. If the Family Membership lapses prior to the start of camp, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance on the full cost of camp.