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Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

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The Learning center at PARI is proud to announce open registration for our 2019 Summer Camp season.

Available Sessions

Camp Description Ages Gender Dates Cost Registration Link
Above & Beyond Above and Beyond is an in-depth, two week experience that is designed to immerse high school students in the multi-faceted world of space science and research. Originally designed as a partnership between the Learning Center at PARI and the Duke TIP Field Studies program, this camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology.

Featuring:
  • Learning and applying the fundamental concepts of astrophysics
  • Independent and group research projects
  • Hands-on instrument (radio and optical) training and understanding their purpose as they relate to the fields of physics, astronomy, and astrobiology
  • Develop research methodology through planning and implementation
  • Analyze data consistently with prior research
  • Formulate conclusions of the nature of celestial objects using scientific data
  • Curriculum parallels college level courses working with the same instruments and resources available to researchers who work with the Learning Center
  • Special guest speakers
  • Recreational activities, including visiting local waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Lodging and meals at the Learning Center campus
Grades 9-12 Males two weeks, 6/16/2019 – 6/28/2019 $3,420.00 Register Now!
Females two weeks, 7/14/2019 – 7/26/2019 Register Now!
Astro Explorer Camp Explore, map and 3D print the exact, legendary locations that Neil Armstrong took his “one giant leap for mankind,” and the mammoth Martian volcano Olympus Mons! This Lunar & Planetary Institute recognized camp not only teaches 3D design and printing, but also gives campers the exciting opportunity to explore planetary geology, and tactile communication like Braille by utilizing data from NASA satellites to model the surfaces of the Moon and Mars!

Camp Experience Includes:
  • Designing and creating 3D models of planetary surfaces
  • Learning constellations and map the night sky with state-of-the-art optical telescopes
  • Visiting local waterfalls and swimming holes and hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Lodging and all meals
Grades 6-8 Male and Female one week, 8/4/2019 – 8/9/2019 $995.00 Register Now!
Camp Cosmos Join us for an experience that is truly out of this world! Camp Cosmos explores the universe by taking campers on an exciting journey into planetary science, rocketry, astronomy, and dark sky observing. Campers will also have the opportunity to conduct research with our historic instruments that NASA astronomers and international scientists utilized to communicate and track both unmanned and manned missions during the “Space Race” and Cold War eras!

Camp Experience Includes:
  • Learning the latest discoveries in planetary science
  • Building and launching your own rocket
  • Conduct your own space research on world-class radio telescopes
  • Learning constellations and map the night sky with state-of-the-art optical telescopes
  • Recreational activities, including visiting local waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Lodging and all meals
Grades 6-8 Males one week, 6/9/2019 – 6/14/2019 $995.00 Register Now!
Females one week, 7/7/2019 – 7/12/2019 Register Now!

The Learning Center at PARI Winter 2019 Public Hours

There will be no planetarium shows on Wednesday, January 16th. The planetarium will be traveling at that time.

We invite you to join us for docent-led tours, meteorite exhibits, fluorescent mineral gallery and planetarium shows at our historic, mountaintop campus!

Winter Public Hours

Beginning January 5th, 2019
Wednesdays First Saturday of each month
Gates Open 11:00 am 11:00 am
Planetarium Shows 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
Docent Guided Tours 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Additional tours, shows, and activities can be specially arranged on regular public days, or other days of the week.

Visit our calendar for additional special events and programs!

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