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PARI is a public, not-for-profit organization supporting the education of space science since 1999.

PARI encourages a lifelong love of space and science for students, educators, and guests.  Our community has grown from visitors to volunteers, campers to counselors, staff to space scientists—all of whom play a role in inspiring the next generation of explorers.  We invite you to become a part of our space family and our culture of learning.  Discover an appreciation for helping to build the future of space exploration.

PARI’s goal is to provide inspiration and make space sciences more accessible to the next generation

From one-time opportunities to ongoing partnerships, your involvement can help provide a path for future scientists to discover a love of space exploration. 100% of your investment in PARI supports the education of our future scientists.

There are a variety of ways to support PARI:


Aspiring space explorers can attend summer camp through a sponsor like you.  Our generous supporters have provided scholarship funds that support nearly 50% of our camp attendees. These campers often do not have the financial means and depend on our community’s support in order to attend our STEM summer camps. We often find our sponsored campers leaving PARI with newfound confidence, inspiration, and love of space science.

Only with your support do we have this opportunity to spark a deeper interest in space exploration and learning. When that spark ignites, there is no greater return on investment—the joy of knowing that it was your contribution that helped launch a child into the universe of space science and opportunity. 

Child with dinosaur egg


Full Scholarship for a one week camp: $1,700
Full Scholarship for a two week camp: $3,960

Partial Scholarships:
$25 - $1000
any amount can help make camp possible


Your donation will provide training and resources for teachers to supplement their curriculum with experiences they wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide their classes.

$25 provides an hour of remote use of a radio telescope through our web-based tools for teachers or students.

$150 provides training for a teacher on how to use a radio telescope remotely in their classroom and offers their students hands-on use of complete labs that meet math and science curriculum standards and increase student engagement.

$350 provides a set of 3D printed tactile resources for a school or museum. Models allow students to hold a representation of another place in the universe in their hands. Models include craters, volcanoes and canyon systems on the Moon, Mars and other planets, as well as scale models of the solar system and exoplanetary systems.

$500 provides a PARI educator visit to a school in the region with our portable planetarium for a day of shows. Students will experience the night sky in their own school gymnasium with a focus on astronomy and space science concepts that match with their current studies.

$3,000 provides a class of students with at set of hands on kits to explore a variety of space science concepts.  We work closely with teachers to make sure kits are tailored to enhance the topics students are already studying, while providing real examples of how what they learn can lead to careers in the exploration of space.

staff and counselor pictures


Corporate partnerships are critical in supporting and attracting qualified graduates to STEM education. Space programs and their underlying scientific disciplines feed many advances on Earth – health, medicine, energy, environment, communications, transportation, IT, public safety. If we don’t arm our current and future explorers with what they need to reach the next frontier, we’ll be left behind.

  • Our STEM skill shortage is getting worse—the US is falling further behind the rest of the world. For every one STEM grad, China has 293 (World Economic Forum). STEM graduates are increasing, but not fast enough to meet the demand.
  • Through corporate leadership, teaching participation and co-branding outreach, PARI can attract the best and the brightness to our programs. Together we can support talented scientists and stay competitive for the future.
conference meeting


Enrich a student’s education or research-based learning by developing a grant allowing the recipient to pursue her/his educational goals at PARI.


All revenue from our business services is reinvested into educational programming for our youngest scientists.


We are happy to welcome volunteers who would prefer to offer their time or lend a hand in keeping PARI a special place that our guests and campers love to visit.


These are items that keep our site running strong, create a new experience, or enhance a well-loved part of a visit to our campus.  Whether new or used and functional, we can give a purpose to things you may no longer need.
Item Purpose Estimated Cost/Value Quantity Needed
Copier Paper Office Supplies $50 per 10 ream case ongoing need
General Cleaning Supplies Cleaning Supplies varies ongoing need
Batteries Office & Equipment Supplies varies ongoing need
LED Lighting/Light Bulbs Office & Building Supplies varies ongoing need
Commercial Grade Vacuum Building Maintenance $350 1
Desks, Chairs, Tables, Shelving, File Cabinets, etc Office Furniture varies various
Benches, Picnic Tables, Tents, etc Outdoor Furniture varies various
Picnic Table Umbrellas & Bases Outdoor Furniture $50-$150 10
Hard Hats Safety & Telescope Maintenance $10 each 20
NSF Certified Commercial Microwave Dining Hall Kitchen $350 1
Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils Education Programs varies ongoing need
Crafting Supplies Education Programs varies ongoing need
3D Printer Filament (PLA 1.75mm) Education Programs $20 per kilogram ongoing need
TVs Museum Displays, Instrument Monitoring, Video Conferencing Upgrade varies several
Video Conferencing Equipment Conference Room, Classrooms varies several systems
Wired Computer Mice Student Computer Lab $10 each 10
Computer Monitors (widescreen/16:9) Student Computer Lab $250 5
Computers: Laptops or Desktops Student Use, Staff Use, Instrument Control & Monitoring varies several
WiFi Access Points (Ubiquiti or compatible preferred) Incresed WiFi coverage $150 – $300 10
Enamel Floor Paint Building Maintenance $25 per gallon 10 gallons
Red Solar Safety Lights Site Safety $15 each 20
Red Light Flashlights Visitor & Camper Safety $3 – $10 each 40
Vertex Standard VX 261 Radios Site Safety & Communication $200 each 10
Trees, Shrubs, Flowers Grounds Maintenance varies many
Commercial Grade Mower Grounds Maintenance $18,000 1
Edger Grounds Maintenance $320 1
Chainsaw Grounds Maintenance $450 1
DeWalt Compatible 20V 6 Tool Set Site Maintenance $500 1
Gate Control Arms Site Access & Security $2,500 1
Roof Repair Materials Building One Roof up to $5,000 various
7.5 Ton AC Unit Site Maintenance $7,500 1
Overhead Insulated Garage Door (13′ wide x 14′ tall Site Maintenance $10,000 1
Fork Lift Site Maintenance varies 1
Backhoe Site Maintenance varies 1
Boom Lift (80 feet or more ideal) Telescope Maintenance varies 1
Transfer Switch Controller Generator System $15,000 1
Golf Cart Site Maintenance varies 1
Test Equipment & Tools Site & Telescope Maintenance $100 – $1,000 various
Replacement Weather Stations Staff, Visitor & Instrument Safety; Data Collection $2,500 each up to 5
Replacement Lightning Detection System Staff, Visitor & Instrument Safety; Data Collection $4,500 for Base System, $2,500 for each detector unit 1 base, up to 6 units
Vehicles General Use, Supply Pickup, Off Site Education Programs, Student Transport varies several
Utility Dump Trailer Site Maintenance $3,000 1
General Building Supplies (Lumber, screws, etc) Building Maintenance varies ongoing need
Landscaping Supplies (mulch, edging, perennial plants and flowers) Building Maintenance varies ongoing need
Guard Rails Site Safety varies multiple areas
Telescopes Visitor Use, Student Use, Research varies always welcome
Tripods or Mounts Telescopes or Cameras for Viewing, Research, or Astrophotography varies multiple
Board Games & Puzzles Student & Camper Indoor Recreation varies always welcome
Balls & Sports Equipment Student & Camper Outdoor Recreation varies always welcome
Movable Basketball Hoop Student & Camper Outdoor Recreation $300 – $500 1 or 2

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To our partners, collaborators, contributors, friends, and volunteers, both past and present:

Thank You!

These are just a few of those who’ve helped us guide learners to their next frontier.