Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ijams Nature Center: National Moth Week

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

Honeybees may get the lion’s share of attention as pollinators, but you may be in the dark about another insect doing this important work: The moth. Nature’s often unheralded nighttime pollinators will be in the spotlight July 20-28 during the eighth annual National Moth Week (NMW).

This event invites moth enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to participate in a worldwide citizen science project that literally shines the light on moths, celebrating their beauty, ecological diversity and the critical role they play in the natural world. Since its inception, NMW has inspired thousands of public and private moth-watching and education events in all 50 states and almost 80 countries. Sites have included national parks and monuments, museums and local recreation areas, private backyards and front porches. All you need is a light and somewhere for moths to land.

Anyone can register a public or private event, or can find one in their area by visiting www.nationalmothweek.org. Event registration is free. This year, Ijams Nature Center is getting in on the action with some friendly competition. Ijams will offer two simultaneous citizen science moth programs, one at the Ijams Visitor Center in South Knoxville and one at McFee Park in Farragut. Attendees for both programs will stay up late to attract, capture and identify moths. At the end of the night, they’ll total their catch to see which group identified the most species of moths.

Both Ijams programs are designed for ages 8 and older and take place on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per individual or $10 per family. For more information or to register, visit https://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

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Cades Cove Tours with Bill Landry

Category: History & heritage and Science & nature

Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry - A memory for a lifetime. The best way to experience Cades Cove is with the storyteller himself. Limited opportunities to join Bill Landry of "The Heartland Series" fame for a wonderful personal guided trip around Cades Cove. Bill will share stories, tales and adventures while touring Cades Cove.

Advance reservations required. Limit of 17 guests per tour. Departs at 9:30 am from the GSM Heritage Center, tour is approximately 4 - 5 hours. Tour will be conducted rain or shine.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Cades Cove Heritage Tours, PO Box 268, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882. Call 865-448-8838 for registration.

UT Arboretum Society: Third Saturday Hike

  • July 20, 2019

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

The UT Arboretum Society’s Third Saturday Hike for July will be held July 20 at the UT Arboretum. A mid-summer hike is a great time to explore the UT Arboretum and to learn about the trails on this short hike (1 to 1.5 hours).

Meet at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, and the route may be changed due to weather conditions or leader’s choice. These hikes are designed to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated at you hike. This hike will be led by a volunteer familiar with the UT Arboretum and the trail system.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

UT Gardens: Wings of Wonder Butterfly Exhibit

  • June 7, 2019 — September 8, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Knoxville - Our Wings of Wonder Butterfly Exhibit has been installed throughout the Gardens. Twenty-five large scale butterflies decorated by area artists will be on display until September 8 (when they will be auctioned off to the public). Come enjoy their whimsical beauty!

This is the second year of this great collaboration of artists and the UT Gardens whereby the showcased art is auctioned to benefit the Gardens. This year's theme of butterflies hopes to showcase the importance of pollinators to our ecosystems and is in conjunction with pollinator research being conducted at the UT Gardens and elsewhere around the world.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151, http://utgardens.tennessee.edu

Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmers' Market

  • May 1, 2019 — November 23, 2019

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Hours: Wednesdays from 11 am – 2 pm
Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination.

Free parking is available on Saturdays at several parking garages downtown including the Market Square, Locust Street, Walnut Street, and State Street Garages, as well as in commercial loading zones. Parking is $1 per hour on Wednesdays in all four garages. Short-term parking meters around Market Square are in effect Wednesday and Saturday, and are $1.50 per hour. See downtownknoxville.org for more information on downtown Knoxville parking options. https://www.nourishknoxville.org/market-square-farmers-market/

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: Saturday Science Connections

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Every Saturday from 11:30am-1:30pm - Included with Museum Admission

Explore a different science topic every month with hands-on activities led by local experts or our educators! Planned activities subject to change.

The theme for January is the Earth & Space! Come learn about what's out there in our amazing universe!

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

The Muse Knoxville: Tech Time

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Saturdays 2-4 pm and Sundays 3-4 pm. FREE with your admission cost!

Tech Time is a special activity that explores tech and coding featuring robots, circuits, and more! The featured activity for January is Squishy Circuits!

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