Ijams A State of Mind

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Hello all. I am so glad that you are taking time out of your day to read this blog post. It will be worth your time!


So many times it is so easy to get caught up in life, and hard to take a step back and realize you need time to yourself. You need time to take in the natural beauty that surrounds us. You need time to relax, away from the distractions that are constantly pulling you in every direction. This time is vital, and Ijams Nature Center offers your perfect getaway from the stressful day you are having, or just a place to go relax and spend time admiring nature.

Ijams Nature Center is just a short drive from campus. All you have to do is just drive across the bridge and you are almost there. Ijams Nature Center is one of the very unique attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee. It offers a new take on a nature and your typical nature center. They also offer a wide range of activities including nature trails for biking, walking, running, places to hike, and canoe and shop. Ijams also offers many programs for any age, special events, and shows that are put on very frequently. How awesome does that sound?? Ijams volunteers describe this experience as “Ijams is a state of mind: a place where you learn to care for the earth for your whole life” (

http://ijams.org/). This is an important message that Ijams wants to portray to its visitors. Our environment is at risk because of the human activity that is causing detrimental effects. Ijams offers a place to see what our world has potential to become.

Recently, I visited Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. It was an absolutely breathtaking place to spend an afternoon. On that particular day, they were having people read their very own environmental poetry. It was a beautiful fall day, and everyone was able to take in the scenery while listening about the environment and nature. We all got to sit down and really had time to relax and take in these calming words. After listening to the poetry, we took a stroll around Ijams. The nature trails were absolutely charming.  I also went inside and looked at the displays and history of the center. Ijams Nature Center offers a wide range of activities to do, all which have the wilderness of Knoxville as its main message.


One reviewer of Ijams said, “I live close to Ijams and go there often. There are so many trails that you could easily spend several hours walking/jogging them all. The section along the river is beautiful. Trails are well kept and an easy walk/hike. Very friendly staff and you should stop in and see the small exhibit they have on the premise right as you come in. Quiet and peaceful and beautiful!” (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55138-d146693-Reviews-Ijams_Nature_Center-Knoxville_Tennessee.html).


I would highly suggest that you take some time out of your day and take a peek into a potentially fantastic getaway that is so close to home.

Visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55138-d146693-Reviews-Ijams_Nature_Center-Knoxville_Tennessee.html for reviews of Ijams or  

http://ijams.org/  to learn more about what Ijams is about.



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