One of the true treasures of Knoxville, Tennessee, is Ijams Nature Center, a 175-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center on the south shore of the Tennessee River roughly three miles from downtown Knoxville. The grounds cover a diverse natural habitat: forests, meadows, creeks and streams, caves, wetlands, and a boardwalk skirting rocky cliffs on the bank of the Tennessee River. The adjacent Ijams Mead’s Quarry site is a restored-to-nature location that was previously a marble quarrying operation that began in 1881. The Mead’s Quarry Site features a 25-acre lake, rocky bluffs and protected caves. The Ijams grounds features five miles of natural surface hiking trails. The Will Skelton Greenway, part of the City of Knoxville greenway system, intersects the park boundaries.
On Sunday, September 13, 2009, at 5:00p.m., Ijams will host the 24th Annual Symphony in the Park featuring the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Lucas Richman. Guest soloists for the evening will be Knoxville singers Andrew Wentzel (bass-baritone) and Karen Nickell(mezzo-soprano), voices known on opera stages around the country.
Symphony in the Park is a fund-raising event for Ijams with proceeds providing financial support for Ijams’ quality environmental education programs, 175-acre wildlife sanctuary and care of the non-releasable animals.
For information, contact Kimberly Dmytro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 577-4717 ext. 17.