About the Learning Center

An experience that is out of this world!

Nestled in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest at a former NASA facility, The Learning Center at PARI takes science and technology out of the classroom and into the realm of the imagination.

The 200-acre historic campus includes cabin lodging and on-site dining, hiking trails, hands-on space and earth science exhibit galleries, scenic mountain views and campus tours.  The Learning Center at PARI strives to engage learners of all ages, educators at multiple levels, and provide institutions with our unique facilities. We see this culmination of efforts providing the inspiration and education for the next generation of thinkers.

The Learning Center’s Exhibit Gallery showcases a spectacular collection of gems, minerals, and rare meteorites.  Specimen examples include samples from Mars, the Moon, and glowing fluorescent minerals.  Recently acquired exhibits include a Redstone rocket engine, 1/3 scale Apollo 11 Lunar Module model, the ATS-6 satellite and models (donated and on loan) from the Smithsonian Institution.

For additional details, timing and reservations, please call (828) 862-5554.