Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet March 1-April 14, 2019

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We only have one planet. It’s up to us to protect it!

Join Ijams Nature Center and “Take Action!” Sponsored by Volunteer Radio 90.3 The Rock WUTK-FM, this six-week series will teach you about big and small changes you can make to have a positive impact on the Earth. Classes and workshops will show you how to conserve natural resources and reduce your carbon footprint. Cleanup events and volunteer workdays will help you care for the place we all call home.

Become an “Action Hero” and see what kind of difference each one of us can make if we work together. At the end of six weeks, everyone who has participated in at least two of these offerings will celebrate their accomplishments at a wrap-up party!

Take Action! Events and Activities

March 2            Weed Wrangle® Knoxville (Ijams Volunteer Workday), 9 a.m.-noon
Weeds will meet their match during this citywide volunteer effort to remove nonnative, invasive plants that wreak havoc on native habitats. Ijams now coordinating this community event. You’ll have the chance to wrangle weeds at the Grayson Subaru Preserve at Ijams and other sites in the community. Learn More

March 5            Zero Waste 101, 6-7:30 p.m.
Kayla Simon outlines the ways people can make small (and large) changes to their lives to reduce the amount of trash they produce in this informative lecture. Learn More

March 9          Volunteer Workday: Litter Pickup at Grayson Subaru Preserve, 9 a.m.-noon
Join Ijams for a cleanup of the Grayson Subaru Preserve. This site, which will some day be the home of a nature play area for children, needs a lot of work, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty! Learn More

March 9          Citizen Science: Take Action!, 10 a.m.-noon
Citizen science lets you Take Action! in real scientific research. Designed for ages 14+, this program introduces you to myriad current citizen science projects and will get you out in the field to work on a project at Ijams! Learn More

March 9 & 10        Family Fun With FernGully: The Last Rainforest, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. screenings on BOTH days
Hosted by Ijams and Central Cinema, this family movie shows the importance of everyone doing his/her part to protect the Earth. FernGully: The Last Rainforest is an animated adventure set in an Australian rainforest inhabited by fairies including Crysta, who shrinks a young logger named Zak to the size of a fairy. When Zak sees how important the rainforest is, he and Crysta rally the fairies and animals to protect it. Screenings take place at Central Cinema. Learn More

March 10          DIY Zero Waste Living: Body Products, 3-4:30 p.m.
Commercial personal care products often come in nonrecyclable packaging and contain chemicals and preservatives that can negatively impact the planet. Kayla Simon will teach participants how to create their own body products using common household items that create less waste. Learn More

March 12 The Cost of Clutter Workshop, 6-8 p.m.
Learn how to overcome clutter in a way that’s sustainable for you and the environment. Beth Meadows of The Empathetic Organizer will show you how to tackle the constant flow of stuff without creating unnecessary litter or losing your mind. Learn More

March 16          Farragut Program: Fuzzy Friends, 11 a.m.-noon
Join an Ijams naturalist in the Farragut Town Hall Community Room for a presentation about the animals who call Earth home and rely on us to protect their natural habitat. You’ll meet Rosie, Ijams’ resident rose hair tarantula, as well as get to see–and touch–an extensive collection of mammal skins and artifacts. Learn More

March 19        Leave No Trace Workshop, 6 p.m.
Hiking, biking, camping and other activities are great fun, but can damage sensitive ecosystems. This lecture focuses on the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace so you can enjoy the great outdoors AND ensure that you protect it for future generations. Learn More

March 21          Nature Nuggets: In the Weeds, 10-11 a.m.
You’re never too young to Take Action! Kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers will learn about weeds and how to get rid of them, then put what they learn into action! (Cape not required.) Learn More

March 23          ECycle for Earth, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Old cell phones, batteries, computer equipment and other electronics shouldn’t go into a landfill; these items require special disposal methods. Ijams joins forces with the City of Knoxville to collect unwanted, outdated electric, computer and metal waste and safely dispose of it. Learn More

March 23          Volunteer Workday: Wattle Fence Extension at Jo’s Grove, 9 a.m.-noon
Wattle fences, which are woven wood fences, are a great way to create a natural barrier that blends into the landscape. These structures in Jo’s Grove give parents peace of mind as their children play and explore. Vols will build new fencing to connect existing sections of fencing in this special play area. Learn More

March 26          Low Impact Living in Knoxville, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Kayla Simon builds on the concepts she covers in Zero Waste 101, specifically what shopping without waste looks like, where to buy specific products and changes you can make to move toward a more waste-free life. Learn More

March 30          Ijams Volunteer Workday: Invasive Removal at Ijams, 9 a.m.-noon
Join Ijams for a “pull” party to remove invasive plants that choke out native habitats. Removing these species makes room for native plants to thrive and support East Tennessee’s wildlife. Volunteers will see their work come full circle by reintroducing native plants to the newly cleared area. Learn More

March 31          Planting the Seeds: A Talk, Movie, Seed Swap and Potluck featuring Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories, 5-8 p.m.
Hosted by Ijams and Slow Food Tennessee Valley, this potluck and seed swap celebrates clean, organic eating and friendly farming practices, and features a talk from John Coykendall, renowned seed saver, classically trained artist and master gardener at Blackberry Farm. His work is the subject of the documentary, Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories, which will be screened during the event. Learn More

April 5              An Evening With Living Lands & Waters’ Dan Breidenstein, 7 p.m.
What’s it like to devote your life to cleaning up the planet and living on a barge nine months of the year? How much plastic is in our water? Living Lands & Waters’ Dan Breidenstein, who serves as the group’s multimedia specialist and leads the Invasive Species Removal Project and Adopt-A-River Mile Program, is here to tell you. LL&W is in town to lend assistance with the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue thanks to a partnership with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, which is sponsoring the communitywide cleanup. Learn More

April 6              30th Annual Ijams River Rescue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join Ijams for the 30th anniversary of the Ijams River Rescue, presented by TVA, an annual communitywide cleanup event that brings together individuals, families, church groups and scout troops to remove between 10-14 tons of trash from the Tennessee River, its shorelines and its creeks. The record-breaking 2018 event saw 625 volunteers remove almost 40 tons of trash and 240 tires from 42 sites in Knox and surrounding counties. Learn More

April 14            Action Heroes Conservation Celebration
Sponsored by Cherokee Distributing and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the series finale celebrates how Action Heroes have made a difference and features fun British rock from The Beatclub! It’s open to everyone who has participated in at least two Take Action! events. Those who attended four or more activities will receive a special reward. Learn More

How You Can Help

  1. Sponsor Take Action! or one or more of its activities to show the community your business believes in environmentally friendly practices. Contact Cindy Hassil at 865-577-4717 x 117 or chassil@ijams.org to learn more.
  2. Attend as many events and programs as possible and share how you are taking action at your business or in person on social media.
  3. Encourage employees, friends and family to take action by getting together a group to volunteer or attend programs.
  4. Spread the word! Share how you’re making a difference using the hashtag #IjamsTakeAction2019