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This year, our youngest hikers have the opportunity to close out the season for us. It’s time to sign up girls in grades 1 – 3 for an adventure on the trails at Ijams Nature Center. This hike is offered in collaboration with Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, though you do not need to be a Girl Scout to join us.
This approximately two mile loop hike begins at the Ijams Nature Center visitor center and meanders through the woods along some of Ijams less travelled trails. Along the way, the girls will stop to overlook the Holston River, view the old Hay homestead and secret pond, and look for wildlife at the fern and lilly garden. The hike will last from 2-4 pm. Hike leader is Miriam Davis
Here’s a link to a pdf flyer: flyer_Nov15_2015
Click Here to be added to the WAIT LIST. Deadline November, 11.
The hike will begin and end in front of the Visitor’s Center at Ijams Nature Center. Parking at Ijams can be difficult on a busy fall afternoon, but there is plenty of space to simply drive up, meet us, drop off your girl and head out without searching for a parkign space. Pick up will be at the same place. Directions to Ijams are here. Drop off is from 1:50 – 2pm. Pick up is at 4pm sharp.
Every G.O. hike has at least 4 women volunteer chaperones, eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation!
Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form, and this can be obtained from your pediatrician. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@ before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes, so you only have to fill it out once.
Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and bring water and light snacks.
While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.
These hikes are free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our our photo gallery on Facebook.link. To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit