Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet Feb. 14-March 15, 2020

Now celebrating its second year, Ijams Nature Center’s Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet is a four-week conservation series that focuses on the many different ways you can have a positive impact on the planet. Classes, workshops and other activities 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. 
February 14-March 15    Trash Tag-A-Thon    

Show a little love for the planet when you visit Ijams during the Take Action! Trash Tag-A-Thon! Get bags and gloves from the Visitor Center during regular business hours, then bag and tag what you collect with #trashtag and #IjamsTakeAction2020. Please return your gloves before the Visitor Center closes so that others can help.

February 15    Volunteer Workday:  Invasive Plant Removal  (Noon-3 p.m.)

Roll up your sleeves and remove invasive plants at this “Pull” Party! Removing invasives helps make room for native plants to thrive and results in more biodiversity. Learn More

February 16    Conservation Conversations: The Biggest Little Farm  (2-5 p.m.)

Join Ijams for a new Conservation Conversations series, featuring documentaries and discussions on topics that affect the world around us. The first documentary is The Biggest Little Farm, which follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to their lives and the land. Heath Ziebell from Beardsley Community Farm will then talk about local farming, sustainability and what Beardsley is doing in the community. Learn More

February 21    Parents’ Night Out  (6:30-8 p.m.)

Parents, this one is for you! Join an Ijams naturalist for a fun evening out with a guided night hike tailored just for adults. Before you head out on the trail there will be a brief indoor introduction with a free beer for every participant over the age of 21. What about my kids, you ask? They will be having their own fun, learning about conservation with another Ijams naturalist, so you can enjoy your evening worry-free. Learn More

February 22    Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event  (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Some household products can harm the planet. Safely dispose of your unused or unwanted household cleansers, oils, paint and more during this household hazardous waste collection event hosted by Ijams, City of Knoxville, Knox County, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, and Tennessee Department of of Environment and Conservation. Learn More

February 25    Sustainable Adulting: Sew It, Don’t Throw it!  (6-8 p.m.)

Adulting can be hard, but Ijams can help you find fun ways to do it that also are eco-friendly! The first workshop of this series will teach you how sew buttons and fix rips, wear-and-tear, etc., to make your favorite clothes last longer! Learn More

February 29    Fifth Annual Weed Wrangle Knoxville  (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. You’ll wrangle weeds and have a positive impact at one of the following locations: Ijams Nature Center, Lakeshore Park, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Fort Dickerson, and East Knox County Elementary. Learn More

February 29    Ijams Family Hootenanny  (6-9 p.m.)

Bring the family to Ijams for a great time celebrating all things owl! Adults and kids alike will gain a deeper appreciation for these amazing animals while having a “hoot!” Learn More

March 7    Outdoor Gear Swap and Bike Collection Event  (9 a.m.-Noon)

Do you have unused outdoor gear lying around the house? How about a bike you’ve outgrown? Give gear a second life by selling or swapping it with someone at this outdoor gear swap and outdoor gear & bike collection event hosted by Ijams, River Sports Outfitters, and Gear Forward for Kickstand Bike Collective and GSMC Cub Scouts Pack 213! Learn More

March 7    Citizen Science Field Day  (1:30-4 p.m.)

One of the most direct ways to have an impact is through Citizen Science. Ijams currently has three projects that get everyday people out into the field collecting data for scientists, and YOU can get in on the fun! You’ll search under rocks and logs to find salamanders, learn how to read the signs of changing seasons and use beat sheets to collect insects. No lab coats or goggles required for this science, just some sturdy shoes and a love of the outdoors. Learn More

March 8    Slow Foods Potluck: On the Local Level  (5-8 p.m.)

Hosted by Ijams and Slow Foods East Tennessee, this potluck celebrates clean, organic eating and features a discussion led by the Sierra Club on environmental concerns in our area. Bring a dish to share and learn what’s happening in your own backyard. Learn More

March 10    Sustainable Adulting: Everything You Thought You Knew About Recycling  (6-7:30 p.m.)

Adulting can be hard, but Ijams can help you find fun ways to do it that also are eco-friendly! Recycling is a complicated and sometimes confusing issue. The second workshop of the series, hosted by Ijams and the City of Knoxville, will confirm all the good things you’re doing with household recycling as well as teach you some things you may not know! Learn More

March 14    Volunteer Workday: Grayson Subaru Preserve  (Noon-3 p.m.)

Join Ijams’ Natural Resource Team at the Grayson Subaru Preserve for a volunteer workday. Projects may include trash pickup, invasive species removal, plantings, etc. Learn More

         March 14    Green Exercise Workout (2-4 p.m.)

Get your green exercise on! Exercising in the great outdoors has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve mood, increase self-esteem and enhance perceived health. Join fitness expert and Ijams Primal Playground designer Mark Rice for a rockin’ workout in the new Ijams Primal Playground as a part of the Ijams Take Action! series. Learn More

           March 15    Ijams Seed Swap  (1-4 p.m.)

Using the seeds from the plants we grow in our own gardens helps us repeat our successes, maintain genetic diversity and be more self-reliant. Ijams’ Seed Swap is a FREE event to encourage local gardeners to share vegetable, flower and other seeds to promote healthy gardens. Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds! Learn More

March 15    Family Pollinator Gardens  (1:30- 2:30 p.m.)

Pollinator gardens look beautiful, are fun to grow and attract some of the most beautiful animals around, but how do you get started? Learn how your family can create your own pollinator paradise at this fun, interactive workshop. Everyone will have a part to play! At the end of the hour, you’ll leave with everything you need to start your pollinator garden, including a specially made packet of pollinator seeds. Learn More

How You Can Help

    1. Attend as many events and programs as possible and share how you are taking action at your business or in person on social media.
    2. Encourage employees, friends and family to take action by getting together a group to volunteer or attend programs.
    3. Spread the word! Share how you’re making a difference using the hashtag #IjamsTakeAction2020