Camps, Programs & Events

Ijams programs and classes offer almost endless opportunities to get outdoors and experience nature. Education has played a central role at Ijams since HP and Alice Ijams encouraged people from across the community to enjoy the bird sanctuary they created on their original 20-acre homesite.

Ijams’ programs cater to all ages. From adult programs like Tennessee Naturalist and the Ijams Hiking Club to Nature Preschool and day camps for children, Ijams has it all. Visit Ijams' new E-Learning Station for stay-at-home ways to learn and have fun!

Nature Preschool

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center (NPINC) is a unique learning experience that takes inquiry and discovery into the outdoors! The program focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5

Field Trips & Outreach

Ijams offers schools and other groups a truly unique outdoor education experience. Ijams is the only facility in Knoxville that immerses students in nature on hiking trails that wind through forests and meadows, and along creeks and streams. 


Exciting explorations, awesome adventures, and delightful discoveries await your child at Ijams! Let Ijams camp counselors share their knowledge of science, animals, and the outdoors with your child during each exciting nature adventure.


Scouting has been a tradition at Ijams since the 1930s, with dozens of Boy and Girl Scout Troops visiting each year. Incorporating the motto “be prepared,” Ijams offers diverse scout programming tailored to ability, age, and educational subject. 

Family Programs

From monthly Nature Nuggets programs to seasonal night hikes and family events, Ijams has dozens of fun and engaging ways for families to get outside and discover nature together! 

Special Events

Ijams hosts a series of events, from fundraisers and community cleanups to music festivals and movie nights. New activities are added to the calendar all the time, so visit the website to see what's happening at Ijams!

Adult Programs

At Ijams, nature education doesn’t end when school does. Fun adult programs promise to teach you something new while having a great time! Visit upcoming programs and events to discover what Ijams has in store for you.

Kids Birthday Parties

Birthdays at Ijams allow children to explore the nature center with their friends! Themed parties focus on nature scavenger hunts, digging for ancient dinosaur bones, or diving into the magic of the forest.

E-Learning Station

Looking for things to do at home or around your neighborhood? You'll find information and activities for adults, children, and families on the new Ijams E-Learning Station page!

Learn more about Ijams Animal Ambassadors

What are parents saying about Nature Preschool?

"Since attending Nature Preschool, my child is more outgoing. He is more observant of the world around him, and more eager to learn."

Ijams presents FREE Animal Encounters on Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm. Visit Ijams' Event Calendar for upcoming dates.

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