Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Ijams Nature Center: Virtual Weed Wrangle

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

(All Ages) From Feb. 27 through March 27, backyards, parks, roadsides, and other green spaces in Knoxville have the potential to be part of Weed Wrangle Knoxville and you'll get to lead the effort because this year's event is VIRTUAL! You can pick your own spot, pick one at Ijams, or sign up for a public workday at Ijams...anything you do will make a difference in protecting the community's native habitats and wildlife!

Ijams will provide weekly digital guides and information to not only help volunteers identify invasive species but also provide unique and fun challenges! Everyone is invited! Individuals, clubs, Scout troops, churches, and other organizations can get outside and improve their own private land or a public space. (NOTE: If choosing a public space, please first get permission from the City or County to conduct invasive removal.)

Learn more: https://www.ijams.org/weed-wrangle

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. www.ijams.org

Volunteer Princess: Tennessee River Cruises

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Experience an unparalleled view of Knoxville during our public cruises! Enjoy a delightful lunch, brunch, or dinner cruise. We offer a range of public cruises for your friends and family on Knoxville’s only luxury yacht! From sunset dinner cruises to sailgates in Big Orange Country, Volunteer Princess Cruises is truly special for any event. Browse through our cruise offerings below to begin your jaunt along Knoxville, Tennessee’s beautiful riverfront!

https://volunteerprincess.com/

Tennessee Riverboat Company: Star of Knoxville

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Create some memories on our authentic paddlewheeler - the Star of Knoxville. We offer a variety of lunch and dinner cruises along with sightseeing-only tickets.

This authentic paddlewheeler is United States Coast Guard approved for 235 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. From black tie events like weddings and receptions to a casual event like a football charter the atmosphere is right for any occasion.

https://tnriverboat.com/

Ijams Nature Center: Nature Preschool/Play Club In-Person and Virtual Open Houses

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center will host in-person and virtual open houses for families interested in learning more about the full-time Ijams Nature Preschool and the new part-time Ijams Nature Play Club.

In-person open houses are Saturday, Feb. 27, and Saturday March 6, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ijams Miller Education Building, 2915 Island Home Ave. In-person events will follow COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure everyone stays safe. Virtual open houses are Thursday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, March 11, from 6-7 p.m.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 9. The Ijams Nature Preschool meets Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning. Children ages 3-5 spend more than 50% of their time outdoors.

The new Ijams Nature Play Club follows the same model for ages 3-5, but is 100% outdoors. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Both programs blend traditional education standards with the opportunity to learn about and explore the natural world. Children spend the majority of their time outdoors, where they learn through play, discovery and inquiry. Activities focus on sensory experiences with live animals, natural objects, artifacts and art materials. The programs encourage curiosity, cognitive growth and motor skills through unstructured, child-led outdoor adventures. Children build problem-solving, math and engineering skills through hands-on experiences, and cultivate social skills through group play and opportunities for cooperative learning.

For more information about the Ijams Nature Preschool and Ijams Nature Play Club, visit www.ijams.org/nature-preschool or www.ijams.org/nature-play-club. Additional questions may be directed to Administrator Leslee Moore at 865-679-5491 or email preschool@ijams.org.

Ijams also is offering eight consecutive weeks of Nature Preschool Day Camp starting June 7. Camps run from 9 a.m. to noon and feature a new theme each week. To register for Nature Preschool Day Camp, visit www.ijams.org/preschool-summer-camp.