River Rescue

Ijams Nature Center’s 27th annual River Rescue on Saturday, April 2, 2016, was a huge success: Ijams staff and volunteers collected 12 tons of trash and 78 tires from Knoxville’s waterways! Thanks to everyone who helped.

Now we’re gearing up for the 28th annual event, to be held on April 1, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm. We hope you’ll join us.

This fun, community-wide event focuses on up to 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries. Each year, about 1,000 volunteers spend several hours removing tons of trash from these areas. Volunteers may come as individuals or in a group, such as families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops or church groups. Bags and gloves are provided and each location has a “site captain” to assist volunteers.


To learn more about volunteering for River Rescue, please fill out this volunteer request form. As thanks for your help, you’ll receive a beautiful River Rescue t-shirt featuring artwork from Ijams’ own author and artist, Lyn Bales (see 2016’s design below). Please note that although the event is scheduled from 10-2, volunteers are welcome to sign up for any part of that time frame that is convenient.

If you are volunteering for the 2017 event, please download and print this waiver and bring it with you to your clean-up location.


If your business or organization is committed to protecting and preserving our waterways, please consider sponsoring River Rescue. Your support helps cover the costs of this large-scale cleanup effort to make our community a better place to live, work and play. We’re finalizing sponsorships now, so if you’re interested in becoming a 2017 River Rescue sponsor, please contact Cindy Hassil at 865-577-4717, ext. 117 or chassil@ijams.org.

2017 River Rescue Sponsorship Levels

Thank you to our generous 2016 River Rescue sponsors!

City of Knoxville
First Tennessee Foundation
Keurig Green Mountain
Water Quality Forum
Southern Shores Development, LLC
Wood, Realtors
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Thompson Engineering



2016 T-Shirt Design

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