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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 Ed-Ventures, 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


This school year's theme is Change Over Time. Students will explore the natural world by investigating systems, diversity, and interdependence. Children will explore these concepts across Ijams' 318-acre campus and many ecosystems, and apply these ideas to our human and natural communities.


This bimonthly program is for students ages 5-12. All ages will stay together until lesson time, at which time they will split into groups of ages 5-8 and 9-12. The two groups will be in similar areas and will join each other after the lesson. Parents or guardians are required to remain on campus for the duration of the program. You are not required to stay with your homeschooler, but you are welcome to join us as well. 


This year, Homeschool Ed-Ventures will meet bimonthly on Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30 pm. Drop-off and pick-up for this program are at the pavilion next to the Ijams Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920.


Fall 2023 Semester

Sept. 13

Sept. 27

Fall Break Oct. 9-13 (no class this week)

Oct. 25

Nov. 8

Spring 2024 Semester

Jan. 31

Feb. 14

Feb. 28

Spring Break March 11-15 (no class this week)

March 27

April 10

April 24

  • Fall Semester Only: $128

  • Spring Semester Only: $192

  • Register for both semesters for a discounted rate of $288.


  • $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 members 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.

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

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