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During camps at Ijams, campers experience the joy and wonder of nature through outdoor adventures, all while making friends, singing songs, and playing games. Through exploration and play, children learn about the connections between land, plants, animals, and humans that nurture healthy communities.

School Break Camps

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School Break Fun Awaits!

​Exciting adventures and delightful discoveries await campers ages 7-12 at Ijams school break camps! Ijams camps are offered during Knox County Schools breaks. Camps are designed to meet the developmental needs of children based on age, tie in with the natural cycles of the seasons, and are led by knowledgeable and nurturing educators.

Summer Camps

NEW IN 2022! Ijams is offering three unique camp programs for campers ages 3-12! Each camp will have a separate drop-off and pick-up location, smaller camper-to-staff ratios, and experiences fine-tuned to each age group and camper needs. Ijams also is launching new two-week sessions for campers ages 8-12, in addition to one-week sessions for ages 6-9. 

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Preschool Summer Camp

Preschool Summer Camp focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning for ages 3-5. Kids have a wonderful time spending most of the day outdoors, and learn through play, discovery, and inquiry.

  • Ages: 3-5 who are fully potty-trained

  • Homebase: Miller Building

  • Cost per Session: $166 for Members | $175 for Non-Members NOTE: There is no camp on July 4; this session is pro-rated to $132 for Members and $140 for Non-Members.

  • Session Duration: 5-day sessions, Monday-Friday 9 am-12 pm

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Nature Discovery Camp

Discover the natural world at Ijams! Campers explore creeks, scramble across rocks, hike trails, build shelters, play games, create arts and crafts, and much more!

  • Ages: 6-9 

  • Homebase: Ijams Visitor Center

  • Cost per Session: $256 for Members | $270 for Non-Members NOTE: There is no camp on July 4; this session is pro-rated to $208 for Members and $216 for Non-Members.

  • Session Duration: 5-day sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm. After Care is available from 3-5 pm for additional cost.

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Nature Adventure Camp

Practice skills for all of life's adventures in NEW 10-day sessions! Campers build on the first week's classic camp activities in week two, find adventures in Ijams' many ecosystems, build self-confidence during TWO sessions on Navitat's ropes course, create friendships, and more! 

  • Ages: 8-12

  • Homebase: Mead's Quarry

  • Cost per Session: $570 for Members | $600 for Non-Members NOTE: There is no camp on July 4; this session is prorated to $513 for Members and $540 for Non-Members.

  • Session Duration: 10-day sessions, Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. After Care is available from 3-5 pm for an additional cost.

Current Camp Specials

  • Ijams Member Discount: Current Ijams members receive a 5% discount per individual registration for all camp sessions and session options, including After Care. To take advantage of this discount, use coupon code INCMEMBER4CAMP at checkout during online registration. Membership must be at the Family level or higher and be current at the time of camp to take advantage of this discount (NOTE: If your membership is not current and you use this code, you will be billed to update your membership accordingly). Members are not eligible for two consecutive summers' worth of discounts for one annual membership (e.g., 2021 Nature Adventure Camp and 2022 Nature Adventure Camp).


  • Multi-Child Discount: When registering multiple children, save $10 per session for each additional child in the same household.


  • Multi-Session Discount: When registering for multiple sessions, save $10 on each additional session.

What are parents saying about Ijams camp counselors?

"I appreciate that the staff really tries to learn the kids' names. We live in Blount County, and my son does not know many children at the camp. This makes him feel more included."

Why do campers return every year?

"Excellent staff. Excellent activities. Ijams Nature Aventure Camps are the jewel of Knoxville. I know the boys' love for the great outdoors and adventure will be nurtured without having to drive all the way to the mountains each day. Phenomenal!"