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 hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. With 318 acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, and creeks, Ijams is perfect for students, families, and nature lovers of all ages. The grounds are open daily 8 am-dusk. Entry is free.

front door and entrance of the visitor center at Ijams Nature Center

Hours & Directions

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

view of local art and craft products and nature-themed gifts in ijams gift shop

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.

weekly live animal presentation with turkey vulture 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.

kiosk with trail maps for knoxville's urban wilderness hiking and biking trails

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.