The gift shop in the Ijams Visitor Center offers a variety of unique nature-themed books, toys, T-shirts, note cards and logo wear. You’ll also find locally made, high-quality soaps, honey, jewelry and art, as well as logo items from Navitat and outdoor necessities from River Sports Outfitters.


Exclusive Items

Ijams Nature Center

Written by Ijams’ former executive director, Paul James, this visual history of the Ijams family and the development of the nature center includes background on Mead’s and Ross Marble Quarries.

Rather than an assemblage of vintage photographs, this book tells a linear story of how H.P. and Alice Yoe Ijams lived a sustainable life through the roaring ’20s and created a beloved bird sanctuary that their daughters subsequently helped turn into a nature park for the Knoxville community.

The book also covers H.P.’s connections and contributions to the birth of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1920s and features examples of his distinctive maps and illustrations.  Price: $21.99




A Place by the River: The Ijams Family Legacy DVD.

An Emmy-nominated documentary produced by Steve Dean and hosted by Bill Landry of WBIR-TV’s “Heartland Series” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ijams family legacy in 2010. The film captures the early days of H.P. and Alice through dramatizations and interviews with family members and ornithologists who spent time here during the hey-day of the bird sanctuary. Also included is a look at natural moments along the trails, birds and the evocative landscapes of Mead’s and Ross Marble Quarries. 50 minutes. Price: $20.00



H.P. Ijams Smoky Mountains Note Cards

These wonderful reprints of H.P.’s poster stamps (circa 1936) promoting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were produced by permission from the Great Smoky Mountain Conservation Association. 8 different cards per set. 2 sets available.
Price: $12.00 per set. 


H.P. Ijams Christmas Postcard Set

This essential collection of H.P.’s family tradition that lasted more than 30 years features illustrated birds, maps, family silhouettes, regional collages and other unique designs such as the famous skinny Santa Claus card during the Great Depression.  16 cards per set. Price: $12.00 per set. 




Lost Species Guide

An Ijams exhibition and guide to extinct and endangered species. Includes a reprint of H.P. Ijams’ touching 1929 monograph on the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Price: $5.00


Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, 1935-1942.

Ijams naturalist and author Stephen Lyn Bales’ second book.

“A must read for anyone who loves birds and champions conservation, Ghost Birds is a poignant journey back in time — a story about a changing field, a story about a man and a bird, a saga about survival that the world won’t soon forget.”
Vickie Henderson