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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 and all of the trailheads are nearby. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 am-5 pm Sunday -Friday and 9 am-5 pm Saturday.

Start Your Adventure at the Visitor Center!


There is a $5 daily parking fee per vehicle; Ijams members park free. Yearly parking passes are available for $50. 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 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 100 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.

Dog on a trail
Ijams Giftshop Kids Items

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 Director Sarah Brobst at


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.

Hallway Gallery with Paintings
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