Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center

This application is for the 2021-2022 school year of the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center located at Ijams Nature Center's Miller Building.

The Nature Preschool meets Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Aftercare is available from 3:30-5:30 pm for an additional fee. The first day of school is August 9, 2021and the preschool will mostly follow the Knox County Schools holiday calendar unless it makes sense to deviate considering our families' needs.

Once your application has been received, you will receive an email invitation to schedule a tour or attend an open house.

An in-person or zoom meeting with the Nature Preschool Administrator is a requirement for admission.* After the meeting, your admission request will be reviewed and you will be notified via email about the status of your application, invoiced for a $1000 deposit to hold your enrollment, and sent an enrollment packet.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* Ijams Nature Preschool students will spend at least 50% of their time outdoors, which will include probable exposure to and contact with nut allergens like black walnuts, hickory nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. The class often visits public use areas such as the Visitor Center and Jo's Grove playground on the Ijams grounds. Although the classroom has a nut-free policy, the public use areas and outdoor experiences cannot be guaranteed to be free from contact with nut allergens. Exposure to other outdoor environmental allergens like pollen, mold, grass, and poison ivy is very likely. Safety is always our primary focus, and the Nature Preschool has an intact safety net, policies, and procedures to prevent and mitigate exposure to risk. However, given the nature of this program, parental awareness and caution is important to your child's attendance and success. If your child has allergies or other medical needs, please speak with the Nature Preschool faculty to discuss options for your child's participation.
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Email *
Caregiver's Name (First and Last) *
Caregiver's Phone Number (Please use 123-456-7890 format) *
Are you a current Ijams member at the Family level or higher? *
Child's Name *
Child's Date of Birth (Please use 01/01/2000 format.) *
Is your child fully vaccinated? (The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center requires participants to be fully vaccinated unless medically contraindicated.) *
Aftercare is available from 3:30-5:30 pm for an additional fee. Would you be interested in this program? *
Does your child have potentially life-threatening allergies? (Although the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center is able to accommodate children with certain allergies, each will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be made to ensure the safety of participants.) *
If you checked "yes" above, please explain the nature of your child's allergy and ANY information that would help our faculty best care for and support your child. *
I understand that, if accepted, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 will be due NO LATER than two weeks after receiving the invoice to secure my child's spot in the Nature Preschool. *
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How did you first hear about Ijams Nature Preschool? What compelled you to inquire? *
Would you like to receive the Ijams eNewsletter via email about future camps, programs, and opportunities?
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Thank you for submitting your application to Ijams Nature Preschool.
You will receive an email or phone call from the Ijams Nature Preschool faculty in the next 2-3 days to schedule a tour of the preschool (zoom or in person) and discuss any additional questions your family has. Please feel free to contact Nature Preschool Administrator Leslee Moore at 865-679-5491 or
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