School Programs

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.

Field Trips

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.

Learn more about our Field Trip Programs by downloading our Field Trip Brochure. Please read the information carefully prior to scheduling your field trip.

How to Schedule a Field Trip:

To streamline field trip requests, we have started an online request system. Once you have read the Field Trip Brochure, feel free to complete an Online Request Form. Once your request is received by our Field Trip Coordinators, one of them will contact you to finalize program details and scheduling. 

Field Trip Scholarships

We are pleased to offer reduced fees for schools requiring financial assistance. These programs are available from September through March. For more information, email our field trip coordinator.

Outreach Programs

Can’t find the time to take your class on a field trip? Then let Ijams bring a field trip into your classroom! Thanks to generous funding from Knox County, Ijams is pleased to offer a wide variety of programming at little to no cost (travel fees may apply). Topics are part of our Living Clean & Green program, which focuses on earth-friendly options for living gently on the planet. Topics include:

  • Urban Wildlife
  • Backyard Birding
  • Frogs & Toads
  • Recycling & Composting

For more information on scheduling Living Clean & Green outreach programs for your classroom, call Ashlind at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114 or or email her.