These field-based programs are designed to help students ages 3-12 gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through fun and hands-on experiences.

Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures

Nature Ed-Ventures gets homeschool students learning biology concepts by experiencing the real thing. Every age group is mentored by an Ijams education team member to foster a natural curiosity and wonder in your child through authentic investigation, participation, and engagement with the natural world.

Spring Session 2021


Every Wednesday from March 3 to April 28, with March 17 off for Spring Break.


  • Ages 3-5 - Let’s explore a warmer, brighter Knoxville together! Spring is a great time to introduce life science concepts and explore new life popping up all around us. We’ll get our boots muddy, strengthen social skills, and enjoy the spring air while we watch for new wildflowers, listen to birds, walk creeks, and play group games. (Parents for this group must accompany their child(ren) the entire time.)

  • Ages 6-12 - This is the perfect age to discover that the world is so much bigger than we can imagine. Students will explore and uncover the exciting world of spring! Frogs sing, birds return, flowers open, and nature's life cycles are on display. Come explore the cycles of life, birth, and death that surround us during this busy time of year. (Parents for this group must stay on property in case of an emergency.)​

General Information

  • All ages meet just outside the Ijams Visitor Center at Universal Pond at 10 am. Parents will pick up at 12 pm at the same location.​

  • Students will stay with their age group for the season. For example, if a child turns 6 in February, they will stay in the Ages 3-5 group until the next homeschool session starting in March 2021. This helps keep enrollment consistent.



Please CAREFULLY read the policies during the registration process. Signing up for Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures indicates your intent to comply with these policies and procedures.

  • Children must be in the age range of their registered group by the date of the first session.

  • Children will stay in the same group for an entire semester.

  • All children ages 3 or older who attend the program are required to be registered as paid participants. Siblings under the age of 3 may attend programs, but are required to remain with a parent/guardian at all times.

  • During sessions for ages 3-5, parents MUST remain with their child(ren).

  • During sessions for ages 6-9, parents may drop off children but MUST remain on Ijams Nature Center property in case of emergency.

Please contact Jeremy Clothier with any questions about Homeschool Ed-Ventures at or +1865-577-4717, ext. 127.

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