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Ijams campers experience the wonder of nature during outdoor adventures, make friends, sing songs, and play games. Children learn about the connections between the land, plants, animals, and humans through exploration and play.

Summer Camps 

NEW IN 2023: Ijams is offering FIVE unique programs for campers ages 3-15! Camps will have separate drop-off and pick-up locations, smaller camper-to-staff ratios, and experiences tailored to each age group and camper needs. Ijams also is launching new two-week sessions for campers ages 13-15!

Spring Break Camp Registration Coming Soon!

Preschool Summer Camp - Half Day


Preschool Summer Camp - Half Day 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: $170 for Members | $180 for Non-Members 

  • Session Duration5-day sessions, Monday-Friday 9 am-12 pm

NEW! Preschool Summer Camp - Full Day

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Looking for an all-day camp experience for your preschooler? Preschool Summer Camp - Full Day gives kids ages 4-5 more time for child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning.

  • Ages: 4-5 who are fully potty-trained

  • Homebase: Miller Building

  • Cost per Session: $290 for Members | $300 for Non-Members

  • Session Duration: 5-day sessions, Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm

Discovery Camp


Adventure Camp


NEW! Leadership Quest


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! Discovery Camp sessions are split between sessions for ages 6-7 and sessions for ages 8-9. Campers ages 8-9 are eligible to participate in Navitat, which is reflected in the increased cost for those sessions.

  • Ages: 6-9 

  • Homebase: Ijams Visitor Center

  • Cost per Session

    • Ages 6-7: $290 for Members | $300 for Non-Members 

    • Ages 8-9: $325 for Members | $335 for Non-Members (These sessions include the cost of Navitat.)

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

This two-week camp allows children to participate in adventures and activities that build on previous experiences and supports more robust development of skills in areas such as canoeing, fire building, species identification, caving, and leadership without starting over every week. PLUS: Campers in these sessions get to explore Navitat TWICE during each session!

  • Ages: 10-12

  • Homebase: Mead's Quarry

  • Cost per Session: $655 for Members | $665 for Non-Members (These sessions include the cost of 2 days of Navitat.)

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

​In this immersive, two-week program, campers build naturalist skills, develop leadership ability, and apply interpretive methods to guide other campers in nature-based discoveries. An example of this might be learning advanced paddling skills and then co-teaching basic skills to younger campers. Leadership Quest campers also will push their boundaries while caving, test their spirit of adventure with Navitat TWICE, learn to boulder, and go behind the scenes to help care for Ijams animal ambassadors. It's perfect for teens who are ready to experience life as an Ijams naturalist!

  • Ages: 13-15

  • Homebase: Visitor Center Overflow Lot

  • Cost per Session: $655 for Members | $665 for Non-Members (This one-time session, held only June 19-30, includes the cost of 2 days of Navitat.)

  • Session Duration: 10-day session, 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 Adventure Camp and 2022 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!"

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