Field Trips at Ijams

Ijams Nature Center can offer your class a truly unique outdoor education experience. We are the only facility  in Knoxville that gets students out in nature on hiking trails that wind through forests and meadows, along creeks, ponds, and streams. Led by trained naturalists, students will notice their senses come alive as they become immersed in the sounds, sights, and scents of their environment.

Our programs focus on inquiry-based education. Our hikes provide the opportunity for students to investigate their surroundings, and discover more about the world around them. All programs are grade-specific and tailored to meet the Education Standards established by the State of Tennessee and Knox County.

Public and private schools can participate in year-round learning opportunities for their students. Programs are approximately 2 hours in length and feature a combination of live animal programs and outdoor learning experiences. Each program is tailored to meet Tennessee State Standards and Knox County Learning Expectations.

Title Grade Description Cost
Sense of Wonder K-1 Students will use their ears, eyes, noses, and hands to explore the natural world around us. In addition to exploring nature through texture and sound, they will learn how animals use their senses to survive in the wild.

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Hunt for the Mini-Beast 1-3 Students will explore the various ecosystems around Ijams Nature Center in search of the smaller wildlife residents. Using bug nets, dip nets, eyes and ears, groups will learn about how animals interact with their habitat.

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Plant-tastic! 1-3 Students will explore the green world of plants in this program. Groups will hike through forests and meadows as they learn about how plants make their own food, and provide energy for the entire ecosystem. Students will gain a better understanding of the role plants play in the ecosystem and how they interact with their environment.

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Follow the Food Chain 2-5 Through hands-on activities and nature exploration, students will explore the interaction between different species through exploring food web dynamics. How do plants get their food? What do omnivores eat? Groups will learn the answers to these questions and more! $6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Pond Party 2-8 In Pond Party, students will explore the watery world of aquatic ecosystems and the species that live their life underwater. Students will have the opportunity to use nets to search the ponds for different aquatic insects and amphibians.

Note: This program is open to groups of under 50 students; April-October ONLY.

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Native Appalachia 2-8 This field trip will take students back in history. Groups will learn about how Native Americans and early settlers survived in the rugged East Tennessee landscape. Topics such as shelter, edible and medicinal plants, and other important survival skills will be the focus of this program.

Note: This program is ONLY available March-July.

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)

Citizen Science 9-12 Students will learn how they can contribute to scientific research taking place all across the globe. Whether it is tracking bird nesting and migration, looking for caterpillars and ladybugs, or monitoring forest ecology, everyone can be part of gathering data to hele protect the Earth’s ecosystems!

$6 per student (Fall)

$8 per student (Spring)


Scheduling a Field Trip

To streamline field trip requests, we have started an online request system. Please complete an Online Request Form. Once your request is received by our Education Staff, we will contact you to finalize program details and scheduling. 

Field Trip Scholarships

Thanks to a generous grant from the Chapman Family Foundaiton, we are pleased to offer reduced fees for schools requiring financial assistance. For more information, email our field trip coordinator.