Scouting has been a tradition at Ijams since the 1930s, with dozens of boy and girl scout troops visiting every year. Incorporating the motto “be prepared,” Ijams offers diverse programming ranging in ability, age, and educational subject.

Ijams Nature Center can be a valuable resource for your scout troop. We have a diverse and talented staff so we can offer a wide variety of programs- some of them may surprise you! We hope that you will try scouting at Ijams Nature Center! For more information about our badge workshops or private troop outings contact Naturalist Christie Collins at or by phone 865-577-5717 ext. 127.

Upcoming Badge Workshops:

Girl Scouts:

Art in the Outdoors Workshop: April 28th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM What better backdrop than Ijams for your artistic creations. Registration begins March 1, 2018 at Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians website.

  • Outdoor Art Maker – Daisy
  • Outdoor Art Creator – Brownie
  • Outdoor Art Explorer – Junior
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice – Cadette
  • Outdoor Art Expert – Senior

Naturalist Workshop: June 30th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Come to Ijams to see what it’s like to be a naturalist for a day. Registration begins April 1, 2018 at Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians website.

  • Bugs – Daisy and Brownie
  • Flowers – Junior
  • Trees – Cadette

Outdoor Workshop: August 4th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Learn how to prepare for you upcoming hikes and camping trips with the Ijams naturalists. Registration begins April 1, 2018 at Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians website.

  • Hiker – Brownie
  • Camper – Junior
  • Trailblazing – Cadette
  • Adventurer – Senior

Animals Workshop: October 20th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Take this unique opportunity to earn your Animals badge while working with some of Tennessee’s more wild residents: mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. You’ll leave with not just new knowledge about these awesome animals but with a whole new appreciation. Registration begins April 1, 2018 at Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians website.

  • Pets – Daisy and Brownie
  • Animal Habitats – Junior
  • Animal Helpers – Cadette
  • Voice for Animals – Senior

Boy Scouts: Stay tuned for workshop dates beginning in May 2018.

Programs for individual troops available by contacting Christie Collins at or by phone 865-577-4717 ext. 127.

Looking for Conservation Hours for Scouts?  We are offering a dedicated time for Scouts to come in and work on these hours.  This will be the second Saturday of each month from 10am to noon.  Scouts can sign up individually or with their Troop, but spaces are limited so preregistration is required.  Email Lauren Bird, our Volunteer Coordinator, at to sign up.

See scouting at Ijams in action: