beautiful view of mead's quarry lake at ijams nature center

Visit Ijams

Located three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center is an environmental education center visited annually by more than 160,000 people from around the world. With 315 acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, and creeks, Ijams is perfect for students, families, and nature lovers of all ages.


The grounds are open seven days a week from 8 am until dusk. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 am-6 pm. Entry is free.

Please read Ijams' COVID-19 Policies and Procedures before your visit. 

Hours & Directions

Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn., 37920. 

Visitor Center

Ijams' Visitor Center features live animal exhibits, a gift shop, snacks, trail maps, and information about the programs and classes offered at Ijams.

Animal Ambassadors

More than 40 species of native and non-native animal species call Ijams their home. Their mission? To teach visitors about the importance of conservation, and how we can all work to make the world a better place.

Explore the Outdoors

Recreation is a great way to see the beauty of Ijams! Whether you hike or bike on 12+ miles of trails, paddle on Mead's Quarry Lake or the Tennessee River, climb at the Ijams Crag, or work out at the Ijams Primal Playground, there are myriad ways to play.