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3D Planets – PARI Edition Summer Camp

3D Planets – PARI Edition Summer Camp

Lunar and Martian Geography, 3D Modeling & Printing What is the surface of other planets like? How do we find out and turn that information into a three dimensional model? Can we accurately recreate other places in the solar system with a 3D printer in a way that anyone can see and touch and gain an understanding of places beyond Earth? Campers will investigate these questions and delve into the processes of making science accessible to all. The PARI edition will feature a field trip to a unique mountain location to experience the beauty of the Land of Waterfalls. Unleash your curiousity of the unknown when you retreat to a dark sky oasis where the stars are innumerable and beckon overhead. Let the magnificence of space overwhelm you as you discover the mysteries that still confound scientists, it just might drive you to become tomorrow’s astronauts, physicists, and engineers. Ages 11 –... Read More
Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond

Above and Beyond is PARI’s signature camping experience designed to immerse high school students in the world of space science and research while building confidence and critical thinking skills. Originally developed in partnership with Duke University and refined for nearly two decades, this space camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology, while also providing time for adventure and fun. The process followed by scientists and researchers who’ve made space science their career is modeled to show how new discoveries are made about the universe. Campers are provided the tools and guided through the process by professionals who have made space their life’s work. From determining the expansion speed of a super-nova remnant, to characterizing an exo-planet or finding evidence of dark matter; your data will reveal and your conclusions will add to humanity’s knowledge of the universe! Grades 9th –... Read More
Martian Frontier

Martian Frontier

Mission Control: Martian Frontier -Do you have what it takes to plan a mission to another planet? Gain confidence, learn space science, and strive to make it to a new world in this combination role-play—academic camp. The wide variety of topics makes this camp a good fit for a range of interests. You’ll tackle challenges in space craft and habitat design, astronaut health and well-being, and capturing public interest while swaying others to support your plan. Unleash your curiousity of the unknown when you retreat to a dark sky oasis where the stars are innumerable and beckon overhead. Let the magnificence of space overwhelm you as you discover the mysteries that still confound scientists, it just might drive you to become tomorrow’s astronauts, physicists, and engineers. Ages: Grades 7th –... Read More
Geminids Meteor Shower Experience AT PARI

Geminids Meteor Shower Experience AT PARI

Join PARI for a night all about meteors and meteorites. Enjoy our dark skies and mountain peaks for breathtaking views of the night sky. Our astronomers will guide your experience as you watch for blazing meteors and peek at distant celestial objects through big telescopes. It will be a cold night, but this meteor shower will make you feel warm inside. Choose from three ways to experience this brilliant display of shooting stars, guided by PARI astronomers. Cabin Stay Camping Viewing Only You must Register for this... Read More
Evening at PARI

Evening at PARI

Evening at PARI Join us on September 22nd, 2023 and experience the wonders of the night sky. 🪐 As the Earth makes its journey around the Sun, our views of the sky change. Each season brings its own set of wonders to discover. From planets and moons to galaxies and nebulae, something unique and breathtaking is always ready to rise above the horizon. Enjoy our dark skies and mountain peaks for breathtaking views of the night sky. Our astronomers will guide your experience and point out the best of what each season has on display through big telescopes. There are three ways to attend this event: 1. Cabin Package – Overnight stay with Dinner and Breakfast included 2. Camping Package – Overnight stay with Dinner and Breakfast included 3. Evening Only Ticket – Viewing only PARI IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!! You must register to attend this... Read More
Red Carpet Movie Premiere

Red Carpet Movie Premiere

“Origins Untold: Ancient Cosmology” Premiere night: A night to get dressed up, look fabulous, and have fun on the red carpet with the stars of our film. Get your photo taken and admire some sights around Downtown Brevard. We will have some live music to set the mood and listen to an Ancient Cosmology Presentation from Josh Keefe before the premiere. Then sit back and enjoy some snacks while watching an epic film. Schedule: 5:30pm Red Carpet 6:00pm Live Music 6:15pm Ancient Cosmology 101 Presented by “Josh Keefe” of “Founded Earth Brothers” 6:30pm “Origins Untold” Movie Premiere, followed by a Q&A with Cast and... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Secrets of a Spy Station

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Secrets of a Spy Station

PRESENTED BY PARI AND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY CRYPTOGRAPHY & SECRET MESSAGES SET IN A FORMER SPY BASE Campers will explore the origins of codes and ciphers and how they have evolved from written messages to complex digital encryption methods in use today. They will learn how to recreate these techniques themselves and crack the messages sent by their fellow cryptographers, all while reinforcing skills in math, language, and pattern recognition. What better setting than PARI, which once operated as a spy station for the Department of Defense during the Cold War, where messages were being intercepted and deciphered? Another element in the sending of secrets is how you transport them from place to place. We’ll take a look at the technologies, both past and present, that allow information to zip out to distant satellites and back down to Earth. How do we make sure our sensitive transmissions don’t end up in the wrong hands? From messages based on playing with words and numbers, to hiding information in plain sight in images and everyday objects, you’d never suspect all the ways cryptography is used all around us. Campers will leave with an understanding of the principles that drive the world and keep our data... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PRESENTED BY PARI AND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY MISSION: GALACTIC CARTOGRAPHY – MAP THE MILKY WAY AND PLOT A PATH Milky Way Trailblazers is a two week research experience for high school aged campers. Campers will learn to use a radio telescope to find the composition of a region of the Milky Way and measure the speed it is rotating and moving. They will combine the observations and conclusions made by their team with other teams to form a larger understanding of the galaxy we call home. Using a radio telescope to measure regions of space doesn’t create pictures like we see with an optical telescope. The methods to turn the data collected into a map that can guide our way require creativity and hard work. Will the results look the same, or different, than what we see through an optical telescope? Radio isn’t just used for observing space either. Communicating with satellites is a big role that large dishes like the ones at PARI play in human space exploration. Campers will investigate and report on the methods, both historical and contemporary, that are used to accomplish this, and the people who figured out how to do... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Above and Beyond

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond is PARI’s signature camping experience designed to immerse high school students in the world of space science and research while building confidence and critical thinking skills. Originally developed in partnership with Duke University and refined for nearly two decades, this space camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology, while also providing time for adventure and fun. The process followed by scientists and researchers who’ve made space science their career is modeled to show how new discoveries are made about the universe. Campers are provided the tools and guided through the process by professionals who have made space their life’s work. From determining the expansion speed of a super-nova remnant, to characterizing an exo-planet or finding evidence of dark matter; your data will reveal and your conclusions will add to humanity’s knowledge of the... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Mission Control: Exoplanet Exploration

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Mission Control: Exoplanet Exploration

Our Mission Control camps provide simulated missions that cover the many topics and skills necessary for a successful exploration of world beyond our own. We’ll use the same kinds of processes that NASA, SpaceX and others use in developing and conducting journeys into space. These missions teach teamwork and STEM principles while giving campers fun and exciting experiences. The camp is an immersive journey amidst our historic campus which played a critical role in the first space race and will help poise your camper for a role in the next. Teams will research real technologies and techniques to build and launch a spacecraft, set science and research goals, and ensure everything needed is sent along. They will also need to choose a crew and care for their health and well-being, perform outreach and gain public support, and navigate funding and political... Read More
Five Cool Things to Do

Five Cool Things to Do

Five Cool Things to Do in Rosman, Sapphire and Toxaway Travel southwest on Highway 64 from downtown Brevard and you’ll see a beautiful world unfolding before you. A temperate rainforest. The headwaters of the French Broad – one of the oldest rivers in the world. Spectacular, edge-the-world views from the Blue Ridge Escarpment, waterfalls and starry skies aplenty. These treasures and more are woven into the communities of Toxaway and Rosman, which offer visitors extraordinary opportunities for fun and unforgettable adventure. 1 1 HEADWATERS OUTFITTERS For more than 25 years, this family-owned outfitter has served as an outpost for all things French Broad River-related from paddling, tubing, and fishing to gearing up for your adventure or just hanging out after a good long float at their onsite Forks of the River taproom. Headwaters also plays host to live music, food trucks and special events, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on their goings-on when you plan your trip. Learn more about Headwaters Outfitters. 2 2 PARI This 200-acre Space Age Educational Center in Rosman was once a NASA relay station and a Department of Defense tracking station. These days, PARI hosts programs and events that welcome guests of all ages to explore the universe via their telescopes, museum, gallery, and Certified Dark Sky Park. With cabins on premises and special overnight packages on weekends, would-be astronomers can have a celestial experience at a truly out-of-this-world place. Learn more about PARI. 3 3 GORGES STATE PARK With... Read More
Mountain Roots Day Camp 2023

Mountain Roots Day Camp 2023

Discover and learn in the mountains of WNC this summer with Mountain Roots’ fun and educational day camps! Our camps are focused on the outdoors and connecting campers to each other, their community, and the natural environment. Preschool camp (ages 4 and 5): 9am – 12:00pm. Rising 1st-4th grade: 9am-4:00pm. Operating over the course of 7 weeks, the first 5 weeks will take place at Brevard Academy and the final 2 weeks will be at Fern Leaf Community Charter School. [PLEASE NOTE: Camp is in TWO locations]. See why so many families return to Mountain Roots Day Camp year after... Read More