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These field-based programs are designed to help students ages 5-12 gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through fun and hands-on experiences.

Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures

During Ijams homeschool programs, Ijams staff inspire students to explore classroom concepts in a natural context through inquiry and experiential learning. All sessions are held fully outside, with exceptions for visiting animal exhibits, inclement weather, or at the discretion of Ijams educators. Programming is designed to deepen students’ connections to place, with each other, and with the natural world, all while fostering their curiosity. 

General Information


The homeschool theme is Community. This school year, students will explore the communities of the natural world by investigating systems, diversity, interdependence, change over time, and system limitations. Children will explore these concepts across Ijams' 318-acre campus and many ecosystems and apply these ideas to our human and natural communities.


Ijams weekly homeschool program is for students ages 5-12. Students are divided into multiple small groups for their weekly lessons. Parents or guardians are required to remain on campus for the duration of the program.


Homeschool meets Wednesdays from 9:30am-12:00 pm. Drop-off and pick-up for this program are at the pavilion next to the Ijams Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue Knoxville, TN 37920.


Spring 2023 Semester Dates

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

March 1

March 8

Spring Break March 13-17, no class this week

March 22

March 29

April 5

April 12

April 19

April 26

  • Fall Semester Only = $200

  • Spring Semester Only = $300

  • Register for both semesters for a discounted rate of $450 


  • $10 Multi-Student Discount: Applied at checkout. This discount will deduct $10 from each additional student you register after the first student. 

  • 5% Membership Discount: This discount is for current memberships at the Family level and above.


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.

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

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

  • During all sessions, parents or guardians may drop off children but MUST remain on Ijams Nature Center property in case of emergency.

Masking and Vaccination Policies

Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by all participants while at Ijams homeschool programs, but are not required. Instructors are encouraged to wear masks, and work to maintain space between students during the lesson time. COVID vaccinations also are strongly encouraged for all participants 5 years and older. All instructors are vaccinated and boosted against COVID. CDC guidelines are reviewed weekly, and changes to the masking policy will be made and communicated accordingly.

Please contact Kylie Preston with any questions about Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures at

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