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Located minutes from downtown Knoxville on 315 acres of beautiful woodlands with nature trails, winding creeks, forests, meadows, and ponds, Ijams Nature Center offers a wonderful setting for day camps. Ijams camps connect children to nature and history through a variety of activities led by staff who love to teach and recreate outdoors. Ijams' goal is to grow individual confidence, group cooperation, outdoor skills, and environmental responsibility in all campers.

School Break Camps

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Single-Day School Break Camps

NEW! When school is out, but parents have to work, Ijams will keep kids ages 6-12 learning while having fun outdoors!

  • Jan. 4, 2021 Last Day Winter Break

  • Jan. 18, 2021 MLK Day

  • Feb. 15, 2021 Presidents' Day

  • April 5, 2021 Day After Easter

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Spring Break Camp

Looking for something fun for your kids to do during spring break? Send them to Ijams' Spring Break Camp! Kids ages 6-12 will have a great time learning about nature, doing cool things and more!

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Fall Break Camp

Mark your calendars for Fall Break Camp! It's all you love about Nature Adventure the fall! There's no better way for kids ages 6-12 to have fun during a school break. 

Summer Camps

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Preschool Summer Camp

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

NOTE: All Preschool Summer Camp sessions are FULL. Ijams only is accepting waitlist registrations to fill spots if someone cancels.

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Nature Adventure Camp

Ijams Nature Adventure Camps are a fun, exciting blend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration. Campers learn about the natural world while canoeing, exploring creeks, scrambling on rocks, hiking, fishing, dip netting, fishing, wilderness survival skills, arts and crafts, games, and more!

Camp Specials



Current Ijams members can receive discounts on registrations for all camp programs. At checkout during online registration, use the coupon code INCMEMBER4CAMP. Membership must be at the Family level or higher and 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 years' worth of discounts on the same camp for one annual membership (e.g., 2021 Nature Adventure Camp and 2022 Nature Adventure Camp).


Parents registering multiple children for camps receive additional discounts. 

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!"