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Ijams Nature Center: 31st annual River Rescue

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Health & wellness and Science & nature

Saturday, Nov.21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ijams Nature Center’s annual communitywide event focuses on removing trash and tires from 32 sites along the Tennessee River and its creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County.

“This event was originally scheduled for March 28, but the pandemic forced us to cancel it,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “Because the cleanup is outside and volunteers can distance themselves from each other or work with family members and friends in their own ‘bubble,’ it’s something we can do safely to bring the community together and make a difference.”

Volunteers can register using an online, interactive site map accessible from the Ijams River Rescue page on Ijams’ website at Slots are filled on a first-come, first served basis, and typically book quickly. The deadline to register is Nov. 14 or until all slots have been filled.

Those wishing to sign up as a group should have all members register individually so that they can complete a waiver and provide personal contact information should Ijams need to communicate with everyone at a particular site.

The 31st annual Ijams River Rescue is sponsored by Home Federal Bank, TVA, City of Knoxville Stormwater Management, First Horizon Foundation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, CAC AmeriCorps, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Waste Connections, and the Water Quality Forum.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-577-4717,