Field Trips

Bring Your Group to Ijams for a Field Trip!

Ijams Nature Center offers classes and other groups a truly unique outdoor education experience. Led by trained naturalists, students notice their senses come alive as they become immersed in the sounds, sights, and scents of their environment.


Ijams field trips focus on inquiry-based education and provide the opportunity for students to investigate their surroundings and discover more about the world around them. All programs are grade-specific and tailored to meet the Education Standards established by the State of Tennessee and Knox County.


Public and private schools, youth organizations, and other groups can participate year-round in Ijams’ outdoor learning opportunities for students.


Field trips are typically two hours in length and feature a combination of live animal programs and outdoor learning experiences. Standard programs are from 9:30-11:30 am.*


Please note that some programs only are available to certain group sizes and during certain seasons. Please see the program descriptions below for more information.

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


Most field trips follow the same program schedule:

  • (15 min) Introduction

  • (75 min) Field-Based Activity (varies by topic)

  • (20 min) Live Animal Presentation

  • (10 min) Conclusion

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



To streamline field trip requests, Ijams has an online request system. Please complete an Online Request Form. Once your request is received, Ijams will contact you to finalize program details and scheduling. NOTE: A group must have a minimum of eight students to register for a field trip program.



Thanks to a generous grant from the Chapman Family Foundation, Ijams is pleased to offer reduced fees for schools requiring financial assistance. For more information about scholarships, please include a note in your Online Request Form in the questions and comments portion.

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