Visit PARI and The Learning Center
We welcome requests for individual and group visits or the hosting of special events and conferences. Our hours of operations vary based on the seasons.
To schedule your visit please call – (828) 862.5554
Nestled in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest at a former historic NASA facility, experience how NASA tracks and communicates with satellites; maps and studies orbital objects; learns about deep space; studies and photographs our universe and beyond.
The Learning Center at PARI hosts Summer STEM camps (space, astronomy & science) and exhibits a spectacular collection of gems, minerals, and rare meteorites, including specimens from the Moon and Mars. Exhibits include a Redstone rocket engine, 1/3 scale Apollo 11 Lunar Module model, the ATS-6 satellite and models (on loan from the Smithsonian Institution) and more.
PARI’s 200-acres is surrounded and isolated by the pristine wilderness of the Pisgah National Forest. PARI provides exciting opportunities for outdoor adventure with its many hiking trails, often-seen wildlife, and special flora. Nearby, there are renowned trout-fishing streams, waterfalls, and river rafting. PARI’s serene ridge-top views provide the perfect venue to experience Autumn’s burst of color or a darkest night, filled with far away star and brilliant flashes of meteors. To find PARI you will dance a winding road, minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, hear rushing water and the song of wind swept trees providing a tone which resonates that PARI is a most special place.
For additional details, visits, and reservations, please call (828) 862-5554
We Host Visits (day and overnight) and Provide Educational Tours:
Individual / Group Visits
Club -Science, Car, Motorcycle, Cycling, Trout-Fishing, Botany…. we have even hosted book clubs.
Conferences (business, astronomy, space, geology, medical, etc..)
Collegiate and School Groups