Sierra Club: Lost Sea Caverns

The Lost Sea Adventure 140 Lost Sea Rd., Sweetwater, TN, United States

Lost Sea adventure begins with a guided tour of the caverns ( This involves a ¾ mile round-trip walk on wide sloping pathways. We will be taking the Flashlight Tour that takes us into one of the darker corners of the cave for a real caving experience (please bring flashlights.). Along the way, we will learn cool history about the cave!

Sierra Club: Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, United States

Join us at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies! Everyone will meet at the ticket entrance at 12:15, finalize our group tickets, and get inside in time to experience the Penguin Parade at 1:15. We will then have plenty of time to tour the many parts of the aquarium – Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon, Touch a Ray Bay, Tropical Forest, Coral Reef, Discovery Center, and Penguin Playhouse – and to take in the live shows.

March Madness Party

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Knoxville Office 1100 Marion Street, Suite #100, Knoxville, TN, United States

Come join us to celebrate the kick-off of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament! There will be games, activities, and dinner provided by Moe's Southwest Grill! PLUS, each group will have the opportunity to fill out a bracket, and the most accurate bracket by the end of the tournament will win a $50 visa gift card! This event is a drop-in style, so feel free to come anytime between 5:30-7:30pm. Matches and Little's families are both welcome to this event, but there is limited space! Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible! If you aren't entirely sure how the NCAA Men's Basketball Bracket/Tournament works, no worries, our staff will help you! RSVP:

Sierra Club: Zoo Knoxville Visit with Educational Program

Zoo Knoxville 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr., Knoxville, TN, United States

The visit will start with a special zoo encounter provided by the Zoo Knoxville Education Team. After that, the matches are free to take in the various zoo exhibits at their own pace.

April: S.T.A.G.E Club

Knox Esports 106 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN, United States

Night at Knox Esports to play video games! *Video Game ratings will be based on rating with BBBS policy*

Sierra Club: Appalachian Bear Rescue Tour and Walker Sisters Home

Appalachian Bear Rescue Visitor and Education Center 121 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend, TN, United States

We will start the day at the Appalachian Bear Rescue Visitor and Education Center located in Townsend. Here we will learn about black bears and how we can co-exist with them. Then we will travel to the nearby Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains where we will eat lunch and see what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse nearly 100 years ago. We will take a 1-mile walk (2 mile round trip) to the Walker Sister's home.

Big Futures Celebration

On Broadway Event Center 4683 Old Broadway, Knoxville, TN, United States

This event is to honor and celebrate our graduates and those who have received a scholarship! This will take place on May 2nd from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at the On Broadway Event Center (4683 Old Broadway Knoxville, TN 37918). Littles can bring a max of 3 guests to celebrate them at this event. RSVP with Little's name and number of guests (with their names) by April 22nd at 5:00 PM. More information to come regarding this event! Thank you!

2024 Mentorship Breakfast

Bridgewater Place 205 Bridgewater Rd, Knoxville, TN, United States

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for our Spring Fundraising Event! Hear from our matches, learn more about our new BoldPath initiative, and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Sierra Club: Pond Investigation at Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN, United States

We will start the afternoon with a “Pond Party” where we will use dip nets and other collection tools to discover what lives in the several ponds around Ijams. We will also take a short hike to see what is blooming and leafing out during the springtime renewal of life in the forest.

June S.T.A.G.E. Club

Fountain City Park 5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN

Tie-Dye Party! Matches can come join us for a fun night of tie-dye! A bag, scrunchy, and headband will be available for each match, but feel free to bring your own item to tie-dye (while dyes last)! Snacks will be available. Be sure to RSVP! When: Tuesday, June 11th, 5:30-7:00pm Where: Fountain City Park

July S.T.A.G.E Club

PBS Studio 1611 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Matches can get in front of a camera at a real TV studio and see how they make shows there. Littles will have the opportunity to talk about books and possibly be featured on air!

June Sierra Club

Pigeon River Rafting 3845 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN

With nearly-continuous Class II-IV rapids like Lost Guide and Accelerator and views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Upper Pigeon delivers. More info here: The NOC requires youth to be at least 8 years old and weigh over 70 pounds. The Sierra Club will pay the rafting fee for the youth and all adults will pay their fee of $50. RSVP for more details. Saturday, July 20th at 10am-5pm