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Family and
Children's Programs

Family fun awaits at Ijams! From regularly scheduled programs to seasonal offerings, there's something for all ages. Visit the Calendar of Events to see what's happening each week!

Family programs at Ijams Nature Center are designed for adults and children alike! Ijams naturalists meet participants at their level, ensuring that everyone comes away from a program with the knowledge, understanding, and fun they desire.


Join Ijams Nature Center for the 2023 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: A Celebration of Wings! Learn about and have close encounters with some of your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds, other backyard birds, moths, butterflies, bees, bats, and more!

  • Bird Banding Station

  • Live Animal Demonstrations

  • Guided Birding Walks

  • Educational Booths and Activities

  • Community Science opportunities

Ages: All ages | August. 12th, 2023  | 6:30AM - 1:00PM

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Ages: 14+ | 2 hrs.

Looking for a unique adventure on the water? Join an Ijams naturalist for a guided paddle on the Tennessee River! Look out for a variety of paddles throughout the season, including:

  • Meteor Shower Paddles

  • Full Moon Paddles

  • Evening Paddles

  • Early Morning Paddles

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Ages: 14+ | 1.5 hrs.

Out in the field, fungi identification doesn’t leave mush-room for guessing! Join an Ijams fun-guide (naturalist) for this immersive workshop, where you’ll learn the basics of fungi and lichen anatomy, identification, and their pivotal role in the earth's ecosystems.

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Ages: 14+ | 1.5 hrs.

Marvel at the fleeting flashes of color that line the trails at Ijams during spring! Join and Ijams naturalist to bask in the beauty of spring wildflowers, witnessing their ephemeral elegance in the woodlands before they retreat until next year.

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Ages: 6+ | 1.5 hrs.

What remarkable creatures are living underneath the surface of Ijams' ponds? Come grab a net and find out! In this hands-on program, you'll successfully catch and identify all sorts of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians while learning about their life cycles and unique adaptations that enable them to lead a life in the water.

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Ages: 12+ I 2 hrs.

It's salamander season! Enjoy an evening exploring the Ijams trails and searching for the salamanders, frogs, and other amphibians that are waking up from their sleepy winter state as the weather warms.

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Ages: 6+ | 1.5 hrs.

Discover Ijams after dark during this experiential adventure! You'll meet some of Ijams' nocturnal animal ambassadors, witness the not-so-creepy critters that inhabit the dark, and take a fun-filled, guided night hike on the trails.

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Ages: 14+ | 2 hrs.

Take your first (or tenth) flight out of the nest and into the world of birding! You’ll learn how to bird during an approachable, fun-filled morning hiking on the trails, identifying myriad bird species by sight and sound. This program is great for complete beginners and bird enthusiasts alike!

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Ages: 14+ | 2 hrs.

Ijams now offers more accessible birding workshops! You’ll learn to bird during an approachable, fun-filled morning in a stationary location, identifying plenty of species by sight and sound. This program is great for complete beginners and bird enthusiasts alike!

This program is geared toward those who face mobility challenges, but is open to all! For individual accessibility needs, please contact Kat Livar at before purchasing your tickets.

Behind the scenes

Ages: 6+ | 1-1.5 hrs.

Behind-the-scenes animal tours provide an intimate experience with Ijams' non-releasable animals. Guests spend one hour with the animal care coordinator, meet the animals, and learn about their individual stories and care.

The cost for a tour is $50 per person; up to four may attend a tour. Please contact Savannah Blackman at for more information.

Fill out the request form to schedule your tour today!

Ijams Nature Center's public children's programs are designed to instill a sense of place and connection in younger learners. 

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Ages: 7-10 | Four 1-hr. sessions

Discover the nature of Knoxville through science and art! Students will meet a different Ijams animal ambassador each week, creating observations and uncovering the adaptations that make them unique. Through immersive art projects, students will better understand the world around them, bringing home tools to further their own exploration of nature.

Program Dates: Thursdays, March 23-April 13

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

Cost: $50/child

This program is part of Ijams' new Nature of Knoxville - Afterschool SeriesCheck back regularly for more afterschool opportunities within this series.

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Ages: 2-4  | Currently on hold

Children ages 2-4 and their caregivers can join Ijams on the third Thursday of each month from 10-11 am to dipnet in ponds, hike the trails, and discover natural treasures. You'll practice exploring nature with confidence and have lots of fun!​

This program is currently on hold. Check back for more details. 

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