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 is a basic course of eight hands-on classes throughout fall 2020. The Ijams education team will foster a natural curiosity and wonder in your child through authentic investigation, participation, and engagement with the natural world.


Every Wednesday from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18. There is NO CLASS Wednesday, Oct. 14 (Fall Break).

  • All ages meet just outside the Ijams Visitor Center at Universal Pond at 10 am. Parents can 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 November, they will stay in the 3-5 Preschool group until the next homeschool session starting in 2021. This helps keep enrollment consistent.

  • Ages 3-5 – What is the nature of a 3-5-year-old if not the urge to play and discover? During our time together, we’ll focus on body awareness and respect for our environment as we move through the world. We'll uncover new skills and interests through lots of running and play, obstacle courses, motor challenges, and collaborative group work inspired by student discoveries. (Parents for ages 3-5 must stay with their preschoolers.)  WAIT LIST ONLY

  • Ages 6-9 – This is the perfect age to discover that the world is so much bigger than we can imagine. Students will explore and uncover the amazing secrets of the natural world hiding behind every corner at Ijams. Together, they’ll uncover hidden patterns, compare and contrast observations, practice learning routines, and express their individuality through nature exploration and investigation. (Parents for this group must stay on property in case of an emergency.) WAIT LIST ONLY


  • Ages 10-12 – You know the facts, you're confident outside, so now what? Students will sharpen their naturalist skills by practicing keen observation and recording their thoughts and discoveries in a nature journal. Through exploration, animal encounters, and problem solving, students will learn to think critically and scientifically about the natural world, and express many of their unique findings. (Parents for this group must stay on property in case of an emergency.) ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT! 



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, Sept. 23, 2020.

  • Children will stay in the same group for the entire semester (Sept. 23-Nov. 18, 2020).

  • 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 sesions for ages 6-12, 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 (865) 577-4717, ext. 127.

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