Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit environmental education center that relies on member and donor support. Funding helps maintain the more than 318 acres of protected land managed by the nature center as well as allows Ijams to offer low-cost education programs so that more people can take part in them.
To encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.
Through direct experience with the outdoors all people will appreciate and care for the natural world.
In 1910, Harry (HP) Ijams, an illustrator and ornithologist, and his wife, Alice Yoe Ijams, an avid gardener, purchased 20 acres of land along the Tennessee River to raise their four girls.
Throughout their lives, the Ijams family celebrated nature. HP created a Bird Sanctuary on the homesite, while Alice grew flowers and sold them to a local florist. They were integral to the creation of a local Girl Scouts organization in 1923, and donated part of their property to the Girl Scouts, which created Camp Mary Ijams along the river.
Camp Margaret Townsend in the Smokies was created in part through Ijams and Townsend family ties. HP also helped establish the first official campsite on Mount LeConte, and used his artistry as a commercial illustrator to promote the Smoky Mountains as a national park.
The Wild Staff of Ijams
The wild staff at Ijams helps visitors and program attendees learn about the world around them. The human staff selects these team members carefully and ensures that they receive care and enrichment (activities to keep animals engaged) while they live at the nature center. Ijams also partners with the veterinarians of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Veterinary Medicine to keep these animals healthy.
You can visit some of Ijams’ animal ambassadors during regular business hours in the outdoor raptor enclosure or in the Visitor Center exhibit hall; make a new connection with Tennessee’s local wildlife!
Be sure to visit other attractions in Tennessee such as the Sunsphere, Zoo Knoxville, Knoxville Museum Of Art, East Tennessee Historical Society, Navitat Knoxville, Three Rivers Rambler, Tennessee Theatre, Blount Mansion, James White’s Fort.
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