Pelican supports Ijams Nature Center

Press Release

Pelican International, in conjunction with River Sports Outfitters, Supports Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, TN

LAVAL, QUEBEC. January 20, 2014.  Pelican International, in conjunction with River Sports Outfitters, is extremely proud to announce that they will be supporting the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Pelican and River Sports will work together to raise funds and awareness for the organization by donating stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other plastic boats to the Center for use in programs and by visitors and members and the two will co-host events throughout the year. 

Founded in 1910, the Ijams Nature Center offers visitors 300 acres of protected land filled with rocks, rivers, trees and trails and populated by owls, salamanders and other wildlife. Guests of all ages and abilities can hike, bike, paddle, stroll and learn or simply enjoy the day. Ijams is a sanctuary where people come to connect with the natural world and where living with the earth and caring for the earth become one and the same. 

“Ijams is an exuberant celebration of the wilderness and a perfect blend of everything that Pelican and River Sports value,” said Kelley Woolsey, Director of USA Sales at Pelican. “This is truly a spectacular facility and our support and sponsorship benefits an organization that truly makes a difference and helps protect the wilderness that we all love.”

To learn more about the Ijams Nature Center visit

About Pelican International 

For over 40 years, Pelican International has made it their mission to promote the enjoyment of the great outdoors and to make water sports fun and accessible for outdoor enthusiasts of every age, skill level and budget. Today, the company is the number one manufacturer of plastic boats in the world.

Pelican is firmly committed to protecting the environment. Its plant, located in Laval, Quebec, recycles 99.5% of the excess material produced in its manufacturing processes and is equipped with specially designed ducts that redirect heated air from their moulding ovens to heat the facility in the winter. Pelican also promotes safe boating and advises everyone to wear a coast guard-approved personal flotation device at all times when aboard a boat. 

About River Sports Outfitters

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, River Sports Outfitters has been the city’s only locally owned outdoor store for 30 years. Named Outdoor Industry Association Retailer of the Year in 2006, River Sports’ knowledgeable staff provides exceptional customer service and expertise regarding activities such as backpacking, cycling, camping, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. The company offers classes and events to help people of every age and ability level get out and enjoy the great outdoors. River Sports also serves the community through ongoing clean-up initiatives, trail maintenance efforts, sponsorships and leadership roles.