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Field Trips

Bring Your Group to Ijams for a Field Trip!

Now Accepting Requests for the 2022-2023 School Year

Ijams Nature Center offers school classes and other groups a truly unique outdoor education experience. Your students will be engaged in inquiry and experiential learning designed to deepen their connections to place and each other while fostering their natural curiosity.


Ijams staff work with you to connect this learning experience to your curricular goals as well as education standards established by the State of Tennessee and Knox County.

Ijams is excited you're interested in bringing your students to Ijams! Complete the Field Trip Request Form if you have specific dates you'd like to book.


  • Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm*

  • Dates: September-May

  • Cost: $12/student

  • NEW! Add Navitat's Treetop Adventure Park to your field trip

    • Cost: An addition $32/student (total field trip cost - $42/student)

    • Time: Field trips including Navitat are 9:30 am-2:30 pm

    • Add Express Zipline Experience at Navitat to your field trip for an additional $15/student. This experience adds 1 extra hour to your trip.

* If you would like to request a different start/end time, please make note of the change during the request process.  


Ijams has new and updated offerings! Most of the pre-designed listings below can be adapted for grades K-8 unless otherwise indicated. Ijams also offers customized experiences to explore a specific standard, topic, or theme not covered elsewhere.


Ijams educators also can come to to your school or community. Outreach programs can be tailored to your needs and include a visit from an Ijams animal ambassador! Learn More About Outreach Programs

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Most field trips follow the same program schedule:

  • 9:30-9:50 am (20 min) - Arrive, Bathroom, Check-in

  • 9:50 am-12:10 pm (140 min) - Field-Based Activity (varies by topic)

  • 12:10-12:30 pm (20 min) - Live Animal Presentation


Occasionally time limitations, group size, and/or weather conditions may require altering this schedule.


Ijams currently is scheduling field trip requests by phone and email on a first-come, first-served basis. Book Your Field Trip


A group must have a minimum of 15 students to register for a field trip program.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Whitaker at or +1865-577-4717, ext. 1012.


Ijams has funding available for scholarships and transportation for schools that qualify. There also are other ways for educators to request funding for field trips, transportation, and outreach programs. The following document offers suggestions and includes a sample letter. 

Ijams Nature Center School Funding Request Information and Sample Letter

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