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Welcome to PARI

Where Science Excites the Imagination. PARI is a Public Not-For-Profit Foundation which relies on generous contributions from our FRIENDS to support our mission.

What's New at PARI -December 1 - December 31, 2014

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2:00 pm

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


PARI IS CLOSED November 27-28, 2014

PARI IS CLOSED December 25, 2014

PARI IS CLOSED January 1, 2015

Live Streaming Seismometer Data

REGISTER For SciGirls December 2, 2014, 6 PM

REGISTER for Homeschool Day - December 4, 2014, 10 AM

REGISTER  For Evening At PARI December 12, 2014, 7 PM

Fall 2014 VIEW Newsletter Available On-Line

2014 Duke TIP Field Study Posters available

PARI is a Member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative

PARI 2013 Annual Report On-Line

Click NEWS ABOUT PARI to read recently published articles

2014 PARI Summer Student Research Proceedings

Public/Volunteer Events Calendar

PARI Facebook Page

PARI Twitter Feed

December 12, 2014 Evening at PARI Discusses the Star of Bethlehem 7PM

The public is invited to a special presentation Friday, December 12 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) concerning the Star of Bethlehem. Dr Bob Hayward and Dr. Mike Castelaz will share some astronomical events which occurred during the time. Weather permitting, outdoor observations will occur at the PARI Nature Center. Click PAST PROGRAM PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events. Click REGISTRATION to attend the December or future Evening at PARI events.


SciGirls Will Learn About Puppet Design

The December 2, 2014 SciGirls programs will feature designing puppets at 4-H office in Brevard. Click NEWS RELEASE to read about plans for the December program. SciGirls events are for girls ages 9-14 and are scheduled the last Tuesday of each month during the school year. The participation fee is $10 per student.  Click REGISTER to sign up for an upcoming program. Find out more about the national programming for SciGirls at

PARI Schedules Homeschool Day for December 4, 2014

Students and their parents will learn about Earthquakes in North Carolina. Classes will be held between 10 AM - 2 PM. Pack a lunch and JOIN US. Registration is $20 per child. Click HOMESCHOOL PHOTOS to see photographs from the day's activities.

PARI Welcomes Visitors to Our Campus

Each year, thousands of visitors come to PARI to experience science at PARI. Daily visitors take self-guided tours. PARI works with groups to arrange especially tailored visits to the PARI campus. Click 2014 VISITORS to see recent pictures of our visitors. Click PAST VISITORS to see pictures from previous years. Also, each Wednesday at 2:00 pm, PARI's volunteer docents lead guided tours of our campus and include an overview video and a walking tour of the main program and research areas of the PARI campus. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras to take pictures. The PARI campus is handicapped accessible. Click WEDNESDAY TOUR PHOTOS to see pictures of visitors from our Wednesday tours since 2007. We also regularly host visiting groups of students and their teachers. Click STUDENT GROUP PHOTOS to pictures of these groups.

3-D Planets Program At PARI

3D Planets will be traveling to Port Discover in Elizabeth City, NC on December 11-13, 2014. Fourteen girls, ages 9-13 participated in a week-long program called 3-D planets from Monday, July 21-25, 2014. The program is sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Student Science Enrichment Program. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from the program.

October Evening at PARI Discusses Shortwave Radio

The Friday, October 10, 2014 Evening at PARI program features the history of shortwave radio and current uses. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from the evening the evening program. Click PAST PROGRAM PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events. Click REGISTRATION to find out how to become a member and attend the September Friends of PARI Annual Meeting and Symposium or for future Evening at PARI events.


PARI's 2013 Annual Report and the Fall 2014 VIEW Newsletter Now Available On-Line

The 2013 Annual Report is now available on-line by clicking Annual Report. The Fall 2014 newsletter, VIEW, is now available on-line by clicking VIEW NEWSLETTER. This issue contains many interesting articles about the activities at PARI, including: The Friends of PARI Symposium, Dr. Michael Castelaz' Research report and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner article on Dark Skies in North Carolina.

Volunteers Make PARI Work to Accomplish our Mission

PARI is fortunate to have a number of dedicated volunteers who help with many important tasks at PARI. To find our more about volunteering at PARI contact Friends of PARI President Alex Alexander at or our Director of Education Christi Whitworth at

Photos of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Located on the site of the former NASA Rosman Tracking Station in the Pisgah National Forest, PARI offers an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to experience the wonders of scientific research first hand. Click PHOTOS to see pictures of PARI taken at various times throughout the year.

We Want To Hear from You

We would like to know what you think about our web site. Click SURVEY to take a very short on-line survey to give us your opinion about the site.

Recent Publications

Our 2013 Annual Report is now available to be downloaded (pdf). PARI's Spring/Summer 2014 newsletter can be found at: Spring/Summer VIEW Newsletter (pdf). The 2014 PARI Summer Student Research Proceedings (pdf) are now available on-line.

PARI is a public not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.


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Phone:(828) 862-5554


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