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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 - October 1 - October 31, 2014

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2:00 pm

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


Live Streaming Seismometer Data

REGISTER  For Evening At PARI October 10, 2014, 7 PM


Girl Scout Day at PARI November 8, 2014, 1 PM

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

Fall 2014 VIEW Newsletter Available On-Line

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

Friends of PARI Celebrated PARI Accomplishments on September 12th

On Friday, September 12th Friends of PARI members came to PARI for our annual Friends of PARI Annual Meeting and Symposium. The guest speaker for the event was Brevard College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Scott Sheffield. Refreshments were served. Guests visited PARI's newly constructed Nature Center with its outdoor planetarium. Our Distinguished Supporters, Student Scholars and Distinguished Faculty Associate were all recognized. The President's Award recipient for 2014 was Dr. Bob Hayward. Go to PHOTOS to see pictures from the event. Go to DISTINGUISHED SUPPORTERS to see a list of the 2014 Distinguished Supporters. Click PAST FOP EVENTS to see pictures from previous Annual Meetings and Symposia.

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.

PARI Holds Inaugural Earth and Sky Camp

Working in conjunction with the Transylvania 4-H staff PARI conducted the inaugural Earth and Sky Camp the week of August 4th. Boys and girls, ages 11-14 participated in the program involving field studies at PARI. 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.


3-D Planets Program At PARI

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. 3D Planets will be traveling to Port Discover in Elizabeth City, NC on December 11-13, 2014.

Duke Talent Identification Program At PARI This Summer

Once again, PARI hosted the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) this summer. After a very successful program, the thirty Duke TIP students are leaving PARI Monday, June 30th after two weeks of intensive study of astronomy and astrophysics. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from the program. The program, which included students from around the country, was run by PARI's Science Director Dr. Michael Castelaz and Education Director Christi Whitworth. This was the thirteenth year that the program was hosted at PARI.Click PAST PROGRAMS to see pictures from previous TIP programs.

PARI's Curator of Meteorites and Gems Give a Talk

PARI's Curator of Meteorites and Gems John Sinclair gave a talk to the Greensboro Astronomy Club on Friday, July 18, 2014. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from his talk.

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. Click HOMESCHOOL PHOTOS to see photographs from the day's activities.

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.

SciGirls Will Learn About 3D Design

The October 28, 2014 SciGirls programs will feature design workshop in 3D software at PARI.  Click NEWS RELEASE to read about plans for the October 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. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI website. Click REGISTER to sign up for an upcoming program. Join the PARI team and find new connections to science for year-round enjoyment and exploration.  Find out more about the national programming for SciGirls at

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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