Play Club

Looking for a part-time preschool program that allows students to immerse themselves in nature 100% of the time? The NEW Ijams Nature Play Club offers all outdoors, all the time!

The NEW Ijams Nature Play Club

Now enrolling for Spring Semester 2021!

  • Exploratory Play and Learning for Kids 3-5*


  • PART-TIME: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am-12:15 pm

  • Low Child-to-Teacher Ratio

  • Social, Emotional, and Community-Based Developmental Opportunities

  • Full Safety Plan to Care for Families During COVID-19

Looking for full-time care?
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Ijams Nature Preschool

The NEW part-time Ijams Nature Play Club provides a hands-on, experiential approach to learning that is based on the needs and curiosity of young children.


Students will experience an outdoor, forest school-type educational model on 315+ acres of protected land at Ijams Nature Center.


This program is perfect for homeschoolers, nature lovers, and families whose children aren’t quite ready for the full-time Ijams Nature Preschool, but are interested in socialization for their child.


Spots fill quickly! Please contact Administrator Leslee Moore for questions or more information at +1865-679-5491 or

Students must be fully potty-trained and be 3 years of age by Aug. 10, 2020, in order to be eligible for the Nature Play Club.


The Ijams Nature Play Club's mission is to:


  1. Inspire children, families, and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them. Through Ijams research and programs, children and families will develop a profound engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral part of children’s daily learning.

  2. ​Focus on overall safety, customer service, and effective educational methods in a supportive environment.  



Nature Play Club tuition is $2,000 for Spring Semester 2021, provided your child's first day is the first day back from winter break on Jan 4, 2021. Hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am-12:15 pm. This constitutes a 20-week semester, and is billed quarterly. Upon acceptance, a $200 payment is required to secure a child’s place in the Nature Play Club. The deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and will be applied to the March tuition payment.


Nature Play Club tuition for Spring Semester 2021 is billed quarterly on the following schedule:

Initial Payment   $200

January 15        $1000

March 1             $800

TOTAL               $2000


At this time, there are no scholarships or financial assistance available for this semester of the Nature Play Club. If payment is an issue, Ijams Nature Center can create a payment plan to ease financial burden. 


The Ijams Nature Play Club does not charge additional registration or activity fees; tuition is all-inclusive.


Jan. 4               Classes Begin
Jan. 18             MLK, Jr. Holiday
Feb. 15             Presidents’ Day
March 15-19    Spring Break

April 1-5           Easter Holiday
May 24             Last Day of School


Hours: 9:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday and Wednesday)

Students must be fully potty-trained and be 3 years of age by Aug. 10, 2020, in order to be eligible for the Nature Play Club.

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