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Ijams Nature Center - Homesite

SPECIAL EVENT: 2024 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings

It's a day of all things wings! Don't miss bird banding, marketplace, live animal encounters, educational activities, guided nature walks, arts and crafts, fun stuff for kids, and more.

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SPECIAL EVENT: 2024 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings
SPECIAL EVENT: 2024 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings

Time & Location

Aug 17, 2024, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ijams Nature Center - Homesite, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

About the Event

Celebrate all things wings at the 2024 Ijams Hummingbird Festival! You'll have a great time while you experience birds up close and learn about the wonder of wildlife with wings! Space is limited. Activities will be held on the Ijams Homesite lawn and surrounding areas. 

Interested in becoming a vendor at the Hummingbird Festival Marketplace? Apply today for your chance to participate! Hummingbird Festival Marketplace Vendor Application Application Deadline: June 30th, 2024 at 11:59pm

General Admission and Bird Banding tickets coming soon!

Bird Banding Station - Get a behind-the scenes look at how scientists capture birds, how they are banded, and why banding is important with certified master bander Mark Armstrong! This year, the bird banding station will capture ALL birds, including hummingbirds! 

Remember: Like most birds, hummingbirds are MOST ACTIVE early in the morning, so your best chance of seeing a ruby-throated hummingbird is at the beginning of the event! NOTE: Banding demonstrations are scheduled in 30-minute sessions and attendance is limited in each group to ensure an excellent, safe, and intimate experience. PLEASE note which time slot you sign up for!​

Hummingbird Festival Marketplace- Discover a diverse array of local makers showcasing handmade arts and crafts, nature-themed merchandise, eco-friendly products, local plant nurseries and garden vendors. 

Ijams Animal Ambassadors - Get up close and personal with some of the animals who call Ijams home. Learn more about and experience close encounters with birds of prey like owls, a hawk. and a falcon!

Guided Nature Nerd Hikes - Join Ijams teacher naturalists on guided walks that focus on a variety of bird-related topics and nerd out on nature. Explore Ijams' trails to witness the natural wonders that are available year-round!

​Educational Booths and Activities  - Experience educational and engaging activities for all ages under the big tent! You'll explore and celebrate the wonders of birds and all things with wings.

Community Science Opportunities - Learn how to do real research NOW; it's easier than you think!

Dipnetting - Explore the ponds to look for life with Ijams educators! You'll find salamanders, frogs, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and other winged creatures during their aquatic stages of life!​

Partner Booths - Enjoy visiting festival sponsors, environmental organizations, and other partners doing amazing things in the local community that help protect all things winged.

Educational Materials for Parents and Families - Get fun, educational materials to work on with your kids at home!

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