Ijams Nature Center receives money to host summer camps


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ijams Nature Center received a $100,000 contribution Tuesday from the West Knoxville Sertoma Club.

The money will be combined with additional funds from other sponsors to create adventure summer camps for children ages 8-13 from the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.

Each camp will include the environmental and natural education Ijams offers along with outdoor activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

"Can you imagine kids that have never been on Tennessee River? They're going to get to canoe and kayak on it and learn about nature. What a great break from the concrete, steel, and video games of their lives," says Tim Irwin, a Knox County Juvenile Court judge.

Irwin says 260 kids will participate in the week-long camps. The money will allow the camps to be offered for two summers.


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