Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ijams Nature Center: An Evening with Cindy Ross

Category: Lectures, Literature & readings and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center and Mast General Store will present an Ijams Camp Scholarship Fundraiser featuring author, photographer and speaker Cindy Ross on Tuesday, May 21. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the presentation begins at 6:30.

The program is FREE for current Ijams members. The cost for nonmembers is $5 and will go toward a scholarship for an at-risk or underserved child to attend a week of Ijams Nature Adventure Summer Camp this summer. Donations also will be accepted.

During her multimedia presentation, Ross will share how parents can provide experiential education closer to home for their own children during a multimedia presentation about her most recent book, The World is Our Classroom – How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education.

The book shares Ross’ expertise gleaned from 24 years of mothering as a writer, an outdoor adventurer and a home-school facilitator, through presentations and workshops. By sharing her story, along with honest insights from her children about the importance of their unusual education, Ross aims to empower parents to believe they can be their children’s best and most important educators.

Ross will sign books after the presentation and will have the following books available for purchase: The World is Our Classroom, Scraping Heaven, Journey on the Crest and A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.

For more than 35 years, Ross has found peace, happiness and contentment while walking and cycling the trails across North America. As a single woman, she crossed the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail, penning and illustrating her first book, A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.

When she and her husband had children, their travels became a family affair. With two small children in tow, they embarked on a five-summer, 3100-mile trek, using llamas as kid carriers and packers to carry supplies and diapers across the Rocky Mountains. The journey took five summers, 500 miles at a time. The last stretch through New Mexico was desert, so they traded llamas for tandem mountain bikes and trailers loaded with 100 pounds of gear for the last 650 miles to the Mexican border. She captured it all in her sixth book, Scraping Heaven – A Family’s Journey Along the Continental Divide.

The trek opened Ross’ eyes to the value of experiential education. Inspired, she created a new way to supplement her children’s education by developing learning opportunities in 12 countries while they lived simply and traveled on foot and bicycle.

LOCATION
Ijams Visitor Center Multipurpose Room
At Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
This program is FREE for current Ijams members; the cost for nonmembers is $5.
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Ijams Nature Center: Events

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

TAKE ACTION! An Evening With Living Lands & Waters’ Dan Breidenstein
April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
What’s it like to devote your life to cleaning up the planet and live on a barge nine months of the year? How much plastic is in our water? Dan Breidenstein, who serves as Living Lands & Waters' multimedia specialist and leads the LL&W Invasive Species Removal Project and the Adopt-A-Stream Mile Program, is here to tell you. LL&W is in town to lend assistance with the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue thanks to a partnership with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, which…

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FREE Saturday Creature Feature
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Join us every Saturday at 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m. for a FREE Creature Feature. Stop by the Visitor's Center main courtyard for a chat with our Animal Coordinator Mabre LaFollette about one of our Education Animals. Which one? You will have to come to find out. In cold or wet weather we meet inside the lobby of the Visitor Center.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Take Action! 30th Annual Ijams River Rescue
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Get ready for some good “clean” fun at the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA with support from Lowe's! This popular, community-wide event focuses on up to 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Each year, between 600-800 volunteers spend several hours removing tons of trash from these areas. Volunteers may come as individuals or in a group, such as families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops or church groups. Bags and gloves are provided,…

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FREE Guided Trail Walk
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
ALL AGES On the first Saturday of each month Ijams offers a FREE guided trail walk. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center after the 10 a.m. Creature Feature. Each walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, ongoing projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about Ijams Nature Center. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and water. Trails are dirt with some elevation changes…

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SPECIAL EVENT: Mayapple Marketplace 2019
April 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
Spring is on its ways! Though the weather may be a little chilly right now, it’s a great time to start thinking about your gardens for this year! Join Ijams for its annual spring celebration, the Mayapple Marketplace at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This fun-filled event will feature plant nurseries, gardening vendors, local handmade wares from artists and crafters, food trucks and more! So whether you need wonderful plants for your yard, unique…

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FREE Saturday Creature Feature
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Join us every Saturday at 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m. for a FREE Creature Feature. Stop by the Visitor's Center main courtyard for a chat with our Animal Coordinator Mabre LaFollette about one of our Education Animals. Which one? You will have to come to find out. In cold or wet weather we meet inside the lobby of the Visitor Center.

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CITIZEN SCIENCE: Salamander Search
April 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
$8.00
AGES 10 AND UP Ijams is starting a brand new long-term Citizen Science project to monitor the salamanders of our streams and ponds. Come join project lead Nick Stahlman to learn what salamanders call Ijams home, what Ijams is trying to learn, and how you can help. This Program includes time in the field searching for salamanders and putting our newfound skills to use. LOCATION This Program meets at the Ijams Visitor Center. REGISTRATION This program costs $8 per person.…

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TAKE ACTION! Action Hero Conservation Celebration
April 14
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
FREE
If you’ve participated in any of the activities as part of Take Action! Big and Small Ways You Can Save the Planet, it’s time to party! Celebrate the impact you’ve had on the Earth from March 1-April 14, 2019, with classic British rock from The Beatclub, food truck fare and beer or beverage from the Ijams Beer Garden at this festive low-waste event sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! If you participated in two or more…

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VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
FOR AGES 18 AND UP Interested in learning about the various volunteer opportunities at Ijams? Volunteers support Ijams in many ways. Whether leading school fieldtrips, answering questions at the information desk, or removing invasive plants around the grounds, volunteers play an important role! Come out for a volunteer orientation to hear a brief history of Ijams, find out more about the various volunteer opportunities, and learn how you can contribute! LOCATION Meet at the Ijams Visitor Center. REGISTRATION Click here…

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NATURE NUGGETS: Egg Hunt
April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
$4.00
FOR CHILDREN AGE 2-4 AND THEIR CAREGIVERS On the third Thursday of each month Nature Nuggets helps preschool aged children and their caregivers become more comfortable in the outdoors through exploration, games, and stories. This month we are going on an egg hunt. Eggs come in all shapes and sizes, and we are going to find them all! We will learn how animals protect their eggs, build nests, and go on a very special egg hunt. Join us as we…

More events at http://ijams.org/events/. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

The Muse Knoxville: Knoxville Skies Star Tour

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Tuesdays & Fridays at 4:30pm

Learn about important features of the day and night sky, locate the five northern constellations and the north star. Learn which stars, constellations, and planets are currently visible. This show is always different!

Tickets for this show are $2 (Free for members) and can be purchased at the front desk. Museum admission not required for the 4:30 live star show. All ages welcome!

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494, http://themuseknoxville.org/calendar