Visit PARI and The Learning Center

Visit PARI and The Learning Center

Public Hours:

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..)
  •         Family Reunions
  •         Collegiate and School Groups

We welcome all!

PARI offers onsite group-style lodging and restaurant.  We partner with local hotels (Brevard and Lake Toxaway) for the  guest who prefers a little more overnight refinement. Conferences, depending on size, are hosted in partnership with Brevard Music Center and Brevard College.

Make your appointment to visit PARI today. (828) 862-5554