Skip to content

Claussen Family Helps Ijams Nature Center Add New Land



Pete and Linda Claussen, long-time supporters of Ijams Nature Center, have funded the nonprofit nature center’s purchase of a one-acre inholding property on Dunn Street adjacent to Mead’s Quarry.

The land, which was privately owned and offered to Ijams as a first right of refusal, is an important addition because it connects Ijams Nature Center properties and protects the inholding from future commercial development.

“The gift of land is eternal,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “We are so grateful that Linda and Pete recognized the importance of bringing this property under the stewardship of Ijams. Their immense generosity has created a lasting legacy for Ijams and this community,  and we appreciate this and all of the other ways they have supported Ijams over the years.”

Parker said plans are to remove a derelict house that sits on the land and replace it with an outdoor education pavilion that will be used for programs as well as a rental space.

“This space allows Ijams to add a much-needed outdoor classroom without disturbing any of the natural areas within the Ijams 315-acre footprint,” she said.

“The property is in a shady hollow between Tharp Trace Trail and Island Home Avenue. It’s a central but quiet location and will be the perfect setting for an outdoor shelter for summer camps, classes and family picnics.”

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 2 20

    Read More
  • Editor's Letter

    In this issue we clearly had marriage on our minds. There’s that beautiful cover. And then pages and pages of beautiful weddings. The venues ranged from the church down the street to tropical islands, but no matter the place, each couple’s wedding included things special to them. Read More
  • Markman's Makes Donation to Survivor Fitness Foundation

    Steve Markman, President of Markman’s recently presented a check for $3,000 to Meg Grunke, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Survivor Fitness Foundation. The check was presented as a result of two recent fundraisers held at Markman’s flagship location at 6932 Kingston Pike in Knoxville... Read More
  • SmartFinancial, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Progressive Financial Group, Inc.

    SmartFinancial, Inc., parent company of Progressive Savings Bank, has announced their entry into an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which SmartFinancial will acquire Progressive. As of September 30, 2019, Progressive had approximately $296 million of total assets, $258 million in deposits, $190 million in net loans and six branches across Cookeville, Crossville, Jamestown, and Wartburg, Tennessee... Read More