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You're never too old to have fun exploring the natural world. Visit the Calendar of Events to see what's happening each week!

Ijams offers a variety of programs for adults of all knowledge levels and abilities. Whether you're looking to embark on an underground adventure, refine your artistic skills, or join Ijams' ongoing programs and workshops, Ijams has the program for you!

Visit Family Programs to see programs like kayaking, birding, night hikes, and more. 

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Ages: 18+ | 2.5 hrs.

Experience a morning of underground exploration in Ijams’ cave system! Join a team of Ijams naturalists to navigate this unique ecosystem as you search for creatures that call the caverns home.


Caving at Ijams is a very rewarding activity, but also physically and mentally demanding. Participants must expect to navigate slippery, muddy hills, knee-deep water, and cool temperatures during a majority of the program

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Ages: 18+ | 1.5 hrs.

Invite observation and creativity into your life through nature journaling! During this immersive workshop, you'll become a more intentional observer, connecting with the natural world in new ways while learning helpful techniques to translate those discoveries onto paper. No artistic or naturalist experience necessary.

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Ages: 18+ | First Saturday of every month

Ijams Hiking Club is for people 18+ who want to hike some of the most rigorous and rewarding trails the Knoxville area has to offer. You can join the club through full- or half-year memberships, or monthly guest passes. 


The club meets on the first Saturday of each month. Seasonal start times vary from 8 am to 10 am. Hiking routes, meeting places, and times are sent out one week prior via email. You can expect to hike up to 5 miles on any given outing over terrain of various difficulties. 


Returning Member - Full Year: $55

New Member- Full Year: $75

Monthly Guest Pass: $12/hike


Email Kat Livar at for more information.


Ages: 18+ | Ongoing

Fight invasive species foes where you live and work as part of this new Ijams Weed Warriors program for homes and businesses!


Email Kat Livar at for more information.


Ages: 18+ | Monthly, February-November

Ijams is proud to offer a chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) to East Tennessee! Over a year, participants learn about the plants and animals that live in this region from local experts to become better naturalists and stewards for the environment. 

TNP 2023 registration is closed. Registration for next year will open in January 2024.

Email Kat Livar at for more information.


Ages: All ages | August. 12th, 2023  | 6:30AM - 1:00PM

Join Ijams Nature Center for the 2023 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings! Learn about and have close encounters with some of your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds, other backyard birds, moths, butterflies, bees, bats, and more!

  • Bird Banding Station

  • Live Animal Demonstrations

  • Guided Birding Walks

  • Educational Booths and Activities

  • Community Science opportunities

Behind the scenes

Ages: 6+ | 1-1.5 hrs.

Behind-the-scenes animal tours provide a more intimate experience with Ijams' unreleasable animals. You'll spend one hour with the animal care coordinator, meet the animals, and learn about their individual stories and care.

The cost for a tour is $50 per person; up to four may attend. Please contact Savannah Blackman at for more information.

Fill out the request form to schedule your tour today!

Ijams also offers programs for families and kids!

Check the Event Calendar for upcoming events and festivals!

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