Kids and Ijams just seem to go together. Why?
Because the nature center offers them a safe place to explore and learn about nature. And it has been that way ever since the nature center opened its doors in 1968. Thousands of students from area schools have visited and walked away refreshed, enlightened. It's the largesse we give freely.
From what lives under a log, to where do squirrels hide their acorn larder? Why do male birds sing in the spring? Where do turtles spend the winter? All questions are answered. Nature is alive and active in every season.
Now that it is fall, school field trips have started once again. School buses pull in almost every day. And for me, it's the best part of being at Ijams. Sharing nature with young nascent minds.
Example: recently we've had several large groups that include first graders from Montvale Elementary, third graders from Mary Blount both from Blount County and kindergarten kids from Farragut and Ball Camp and first graders from Moreland Heights in Knox, plus fourth graders from Concord Christian. All eager to learn and spend time in the "real woods."
Thanks, kids. You bring smiles to all of our faces!
- Stephen Lyn Bales
|Here's that photo log again! Let's all wear red day.|
|A chilly day|
|A let's wear blue day!|
|A let's wear maroon day!|
|And one even cold day!|