Nature Preschool

The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

  • Knoxville’s ONLY full-time Nature Preschool

  • Exploratory Play and Learning for Kids 3-5

  • Low Child-to-Teacher Ratio

  • Outside Play Every Day!


The Ijams Nature Preschool is an experiential, nature-based preschool for children age 3-5 that combines:


  1. An outdoor classroom where students are given an opportunity to explore the natural world and learn environmental stewardship, and

  2. An indoor classroom where they are guided through traditional and child-centered academic lessons.

Through this unique combination of experiences, the Nature Preschool nurtures students’ social, emotional, and intellectual development and helps them learn valuable lessons about themselves and their world.     


Annual tuition is $9,000 for the school year. This constitutes a 40-week school year, and is billed quarterly. Upon acceptance into the school, a $1,000 payment is required to secure a child’s place in the Nature Preschool. The deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferrable, and will be applied to the March tuition payment.


Tuition is billed quarterly on the following schedule:
Initial Payment:   $1,000
September:        $2,250
November:         $2,250
January:             $2,250
March 1:             $1,250
TOTAL:               $9,000


The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center does not charge additional registration or activity fees; tuition is all-inclusive. Tuition assistance is available. 


2020-2021 School Calendar
Aug. 17                 First Day of School
Sept. 7                  Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 12-16            Fall Break
Nov. 25-27           Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 21-Jan. 1     Winter Break
Jan. 20                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Feb. 15                 Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 15-19         Spring Break
May 21                  Last Day of School


Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm (Monday–Friday)


Ages: 3-5* (Note: Students must be fully potty-trained and be 3 years of age by Aug. 15, 2020, in order to be eligible for the Nature Preschool)

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