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Join Ijams Nature Center for the 2021 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings, presented by Ergon Terminaling Inc. and The Trust Company of Tennessee! You'll learn about your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds and other backyard birds to moths, butterflies, bees, bats, and more!

Events and Activities

7 AM-12PM  BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT THE FESTIVAL​

Bird Banding Station - Get a behind-the scenes look at how scientists capture birds, how they are banded, and why banding is important with certified master bander Mark Armstrong! This year, the bird banding station will capture ALL birds, including hummingbirds! Remember: Like most birds, hummingbirds are MOST ACTIVE early in the morning, so your best chance of seeing a ruby-throated hummingbird is at the beginning of the event! 

 

NOTE: To ensure your safety, entry for the bird banding station will be scheduled in 30-minute sessions and attendance will be limited in each group to ensure an excellent, safe experience. PLEASE note which time slot you sign up for!

Community Science Opportunities - Learn how to do real research NOW; it's easier than you think!

Meet the Ijams Animal Ambassadors - Get up close and personal with some of the animals who call Ijams home.

Guided Nature Hikes - Join expert teacher naturalists on guided walks that focus on a variety of bird-related topics. Explore Ijams' trails to witness the natural wonders that are at your fingertips year round!

8 AM-2 PM  IJAMS HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL

Speaker Sessions on All Things Wings - Experts share their knowledge on nature topics that celebrate the wonders of the winged world.​

Kids' Area with Educational Booths Educational areas with engaging activities for all ages to explore and celebrate the wonders of birds and all things with wings.

Dipnetting - Head out to the ponds to look for life! Also, watch out for butterflies, birds, dragonflies, beetles, and other winged creatures!

Guided Nature Walks - Take a relaxed walk in the woods to learn more about Ijams and the wildlife that calls it home.

Live Raptor Demonstrations - Learn more about and experience close encounters with owls, hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey. FREE

Marketplace - Enjoy visiting festival sponsors, environmental organizations, and booths featuring local fine art and crafts, plants, garden decor, food trucks, and more! FREE

Educational Materials for Parents and Families - Get fun, educational materials to work on with kids at home! FREE

PLUS: Navitat Knoxville - Receive a discounted rate with your festival ticket and experience the thrill of swinging from tree to tree at Navitat!

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Admission and Details

BEHIND-THE-SCENES BUNDLE - $12 (INCLUDES BIRD BANDING)

  • ​ALL Hummingbird Festival Activities, including:

    • A Bird Banding Station Appointment!

    • Community Science Opportunities

    • Meet the Ijams Animal Ambassadors

    • Guided Nature Hikes (For the Bird Nerds)

    • Speaker Sessions

    • Kids' Area with Educational Booths

    • Dipnetting

    • Live Raptor Demonstrations

    • Marketplace

    • Educational Materials for Parents and Families

GENERAL FESTIVAL TICKET - $8 ADULT / $5 CHILD (DOES NOT INCLUDE BIRD BANDING)

  • Hummingbird Festival Activities, including:

    • Speaker Sessions

    • Kids' Area with Educational Booths

    • Dipnetting

    • Guided Nature Walks (Relaxed and Designed for the General Festival Attendee)

    • Live Raptor Demonstrations

    • Marketplace

    • Educational Materials for Parents and Families​​

 

IJAMS PLAZA PUBLIC EVENTS - NO TICKET NEEDED!

  • Live Raptor Demonstrations 

  • Marketplace

  • Food and Drink

  • Educational Materials for Parents and Families

PLUS DISCOUNTED NAVITAT RATES FOR FESTIVAL TICKET HOLDERS!