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Ijams Fundraiser

February 26, 2013


First Annual Hike-a-Thon through Ijams and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness!

Saturday March 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Ijams

On Saturday March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will officially kick off a new month-long Hike-a-Thon to benefit Ijams Nature Center.

Ijams Hike-a-Thon is a month-long fundraiser. Hikers collect pledges then hit the trails throughout March to hike. Ijams Hike-a-Thon is also a super fun way to help preserve and protect the environment and provide educational opportunities while hiking and earning great prizes from generous sponsors.

Celebrity Hikes! Join a bevy of local celebrities throughout the month of March to get outdoors, exercise and explore Ijams and the South Loop of the Urban Wilderness.

Saturday March 2 at 11:00 a.m. – Hike with City Vice-Mayor Nick Pavlis

Saturday March 9 at 1:00 p.m. – Hike with WBIR’s Darin Erin Donovan

Sunday March 10 at 12:00 p.m. – Hike with WDVX’s Red Hickey

Saturday March 16 at 10:00 a.m. – Hike with Mast General’s Jim Myers

Saturday March 23 at 10:00 a.m. – Bring your four legged friend & Hike with WVLT’s Alan Williams

Saturday March 23 at 2:00 p.m. – Hike with local historians Jack Neely and Paul James

Keep checking the website for more fun celebrity hikes!

Register as an Individual or as a 10-person Team! Simply go online to and registerfor the event online where you can create your own Ijams Hike-a-Thon fundraising webpage. It’s super easy.  By collecting flat fee or per-mile pledges from your friends and family, your efforts will add up fast! Hikerseven get a webpage link that they can e-mail friends and family to ask for pledges.

All the funds raised will help Ijams to preserve and protect the environmental and historical resources of Ijams Nature Center and the Urban Wilderness and provide educational opportunities to our local schools and citizens.

At the end of the month on March 30th there will be a Hiker’s Ball to celebrate, award prizes and have a great time!

Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace encouraging stewardship of the natural world by providing engaging outdoor experiences.

For more information, please contact Mary Thom Adams at 865-577-4717, ext. 117 or email


Island Home wins best neighborhood!

April 24, 2012

For the 6th consecutive year, Island Home Park has won best neighborhood in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon!  Congratulations to Island Home!

Mountain Biking the Dirty South

October 13, 2011

Take a look at this article in Metro Pulse this week. South Knoxville is truly becoming a destination among the City’s mountain bikers.   If you don’t know where to go just show up around 6pm on Tuesdays in the parking lot at Mead’s Quarry (part of Ijams…lower entrance). Weather permitting several groups of varying skill levels leave from here and ride the trails. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding someone to show you around.

Island Home Park article in News Sentinel!

July 13, 2011

This is a great article about a phenomenon happening all over our city neighborhoods, baby booms!  Mentioned in this article is Jessica Rodocker, talking about the people moving into Island Home Park and why they love it.  Check out Rebecca Simmons’ article here.

2011 Vestival is coming up!

April 20, 2011

South Knoxville’s Art and Heritage Festival in the Vestal Neighborhood – the 11th Annual Vestival – will be held this year on Saturday, May 7 from 11am to 7pm at Candoro Marble (map here). This is always a good time, and there are plenty of great handmade Mother’s Day gifts to choose from!

From the Vestival press release:  Two stages of music all day plus an open mic. Lots of great local food, arts and crafts vendors. Children’s activities including a painting contest, cake walks, and more. Mother’s day brunch (free to mothers while supplies last) catered by Latitude 35.