Ijams Visitor Center

Visitor Center

​Stop by Ijams Nature Center’s Visitor Center to buy a trail map so you can fully explore trails and special sites, grab a snack, use the restroom, or learn more about events and programs! Jo’s Grove, Alice’s Greenhouse, and all of the trailheads are nearby.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 am-5 pm. Please read Ijams' COVID-19 Policies and Procedures before your visit. 

Start Your Adventure at the Visitor Center!


For your safety and the staff’s, and in accordance with City of Knoxville’s Emergency Executive Order No. 19, Ijams Nature Center requires all staff and visitors to wear masks while inside the Visitor Center. Masks are optional outdoors.

Please postpone your visit if you are feeling ill. All Ijams staff are required to do a health screening prior to coming to work.


Ijams reserves the right to limit the number of people in the Visitor Center to maintain proper physical distancing. Please be mindful of capacity limitations when coming to the Visitor Center as a family or group. The wait time may be longer for larger groups.

Dog on a trail

Admission is free. However, Ijams gladly accepts and is grateful for donations, especially in U.S. currency. Ijams is a nonprofit organization supported by members and visitors. If you enjoy your visit, please become a member or make a donation.


Bring your furry friend! There is a Pet Welcome Station with leash holders and a doggy water fountain just outside the front entrance of the Visitor Center. For everyone’s enjoyment, dogs should keep their owners leashed at all times. Due to state and federal regulations that allow Ijams to care for animal ambassadors, pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center.


Please pick up after your pooch! Poop bag stations can be found near the Visitor Center and pet waste bags are for sale in the Ijams gift shop. Thank you for helping to keep the nature center grounds clean.


The gift shop at Ijams features nature-themed books, stuffed animals, kids' items, and garden decor, as well as jewelry, ceramics, handmade soaps, photography, and more. There are more than 75 local artists, crafters, authors, and makers who sell their goods in the shop. Ijams also has a large selection of snacks, drinks, and locally roasted coffee options.


Each month, Ijams hosts a new local/regional artist in the hallway gallery. Works range from paintings and photography to textiles and mixed media sculptures by artists of all ages. If you are interested in showcasing your work in the gallery, contact Visitor Services Manager Sarah Brobst at sbrobst@ijams.org.


The Ijams exhibit hall is home to a number of nonreleasable animal ambassadors who help Ijams educate people about nature. You'll learn more about some of the animals who live in the ecosystems at Ijams so you can look for them while you explore the grounds.

Ijams Giftshop Kids Items
Hallway Gallery with Paintings
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