Photo Policy


Professional Photography Policy

Ijams Nature Center welcomes the opportunity to host photographers and their clients. The nature center invests substantial funding and effort each year to ensure this beautiful natural space is maintained for the general public.

For the purposes of this policy, a professional photographer is defined as someone who is being paid to take photographs on Ijams property.

Professional photographers who wish to use the grounds of Ijams for commercial use are required to purchase a one-day pass for $30 or an annual pass for $100.* These funds directly support the maintenance and development of the property. One-year photo passes must be current and renewed annually.

Fees may be paid by check or credit card. To pay by credit card, please come to the Visitor Center during regular operating hours and pay at the front desk or our Rentals Coordinator, Carolyn Corley, at 865-577-4717, ext. 142 or To pay by check made payable to Ijams Nature Center, bring it to the Visitor Center or mail it to:

Ijams Nature Center
Attn: Rentals Coordinator
2915 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920

Upon receipt of pass fees, Ijams will issue an ID card to the photographer that should be worn at all times while working with clients on the property.

All photographers must sign in at the Visitor Center upon arrival.

Photo Credit

Ijams Nature Center requires the location credit Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN in all commercial uses of images taken on the property.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited on the premises: rice, confetti, glitter, peanut shells, fireworks, silly string, balloons, bonfires, Styrofoam products and grills. Candles must be in enclosed, approved containers. Enclosed fire pits must be approved by the Rentals Coordinator prior to your event.

Additional Information

Ijams reserves the right to deny access to the grounds for photography purposes to anyone (including members), if the photo shoot conflicts with other scheduled events. Those renting the grounds for special events receive priority.

* If private space is needed for changing clothes, makeup application or storage, an additional rental fee may be required. Please schedule photo shoots with the Rentals Coordinator,  (865-577-4717, ext. 142 or, to ensure your location is available on your preferred date and time.

To see a list of Ijams current photography pass holders as well as other Ijams vendors, click here.