Recreational Activities


Our home is the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Pisgah National Forest, and the Land of Waterfalls

Field trips and outdoor adventures take advantage of this unique landscape.

Field trips and excursions vary by camp but often include:

Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest to take in amazing views.
Visits to dramatic cascades in The Land of Waterfalls and swimming nearby within view.

Fishing with our friends at Connestee Falls.

Tubing adventures down the river with the fantastic guides at Headwaters Outfitters.

Trips for ice cream, bowling, and other area treats.

Campers at PARI make connections and form friendships and memories that last a lifetime

Our activities encourage campers to build community, discover new interests, and develop resilience and independence outside of the classroom.

Camps include hands-on challenges, competitions, and events, like:

Scavenger hunts, photo competitions, team challenges, and outdoor games like PARI Ball!

Night time dark sky observing of planets, stars, nebulas, galaxies, and more with PARI’s many large optical telescopes.

Marshmallow toasting, s’mores making, glow sticks, sparklers, music, and stories around our campfire.

Build and launch rockets, design and drop landing craft, race robots through obstacles.

Unwind in the rec room with games, puzzles, ping-pong, pool, foosball, and air-hockey.

Test your skills at trivia nights, game nights, talent shows. Celebrate at the ice cream social and special astronomical events.

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Each is available on a huge variety of items, like apparel, art prints, phone and laptop cases, backpacks, mugs, blankets, and more! Click one to customize it at our store on Redbubble. All proceeds benefit PARI's education mission.