KNOXVILLE, TN – Feb. 27, 2019 – “Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet,” a new conservation series will be presented March 1-April 14 at Ijams Nature Center.
The series focuses on big and small changes people can make to conserve natural resources and reduce their carbon footprint. Sponsored by 90.3 The Rock, the six-week series offers programs, workshops, cleanup events, volunteer workdays, movies, an e-cycle event and more. A number of “Take Action!” programs are free. Donations will be accepted to help Ijams continue to provide free and low-cost programs for guests to learn about and engage with nature.
Festivities kick off March 2 with the fourth annual Weed Wrangle Knoxville®, a citywide volunteer effort to remove nonnative, invasive plants that wreak havoc on native habitats. Volunteers will pull weeds at Ijams Nature Center’s Grayson Subaru Preserve and several other sites in the community. Volunteers are still needed.
Ijams Visitor Services Manager Sarah Brobst created the series with Ijams Naturalist Jeremy Clothier. Brobst enlisted a variety community partners to help with the series, including Beth Meadows from The Empathetic Organizer, who will speak about the cost of clutter, and low-impact lifestyle expert Kayla Simon, who will present a series of zero-waste talks and workshops. River Sports Outfitters is cohosting a lecture by Leave No Trace Master Educator Lydia Williams, who will discuss how to enjoy recreational activities while protecting the great outdoors for future generations.
Ijams partners with Slow Foods Tennessee Valley for an evening celebrating clean, organic eating and friendly farming practices. John Coykendall, renowned seed saver, classically-trained artist and master gardener at Blackberry Farm, will speak at the event, which includes a screening of the documentary “Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories.” Central Cinema will show screenings of the family-friendly animated movie “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” at its new theater on Central Street in Happy Holler.
The finale April 14 is an Action Hero Conservation Celebration open to everyone who has participated in at least two “Take Action!” activities. Sponsored by Cherokee Distributing and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the event will celebrate the impact Action Heroes have taken over the six weeks and will feature data on what was accomplished, live music from the classic British rock band The Beatclub, food trucks and a beer garden. Those who have taken part in four or more activities will receive a special reward.
For a full list of events and more information, visit www.Ijams.org.
About Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers to yoga hikes, cooking classes and art programs. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.
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Ijams Nature Center
Phone: 865-577-4717, ext. 117