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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
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
Cradle of Forestry Fee Free Tuesdays

Cradle of Forestry Fee Free Tuesdays

Join us at the Cradle of Forestry any Tuesday throughout the 2023 season with FREE admission days for all! Walk the paved trails, pack a picnic lunch for your friends and family, explore the Discovery Center and make it a fun filled day at the Cradle deep in the heart of Pisgah National Forest. These complimentary admission days are made possible due to the generous support received from the North Carolina Museum of Natural... 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
Hands On! Children’s Museum presents: Deep Freeze

Hands On! Children’s Museum presents: Deep Freeze

Explore the exciting world of cryogenics, as we use liquid nitrogen (-320 F) to FREEZE ordinary objects that will shatter and possibly explode! We’ll also discuss the three states of matter during this highly visual program, which is great for youth of all ages. This program is led by the staff from Hands On! Children’s... Read More
Moons of Jupiter

Moons of Jupiter

Join PARI on Friday, January 7, 2022 as we celebrate the largest planet in our solar system! 412 years ago this week Galileo Galilei spotted the four brightest moons of Jupiter and in honor of that monumental discovery we are sharing our best telescopes and Internationally certified dark sky park to observe this planet, the moon and other fantastic objects you can only see with a telescope! Grab your coats, hot coffee or hot chocolate, friends and family then come to PARI for an unforgettable winter... Read More
Leonids Meteor Shower -OVER NIGHT – SOLD OUT

Leonids Meteor Shower -OVER NIGHT – SOLD OUT

Come feast your eyes on brilliant meteors as they burn up in the atmosphere high overhead, and just in time for Thanksgiving! Enjoy the crisp air as autumn comes to a close while you lay out under the internationally recognized dark skies at PARI. This event will be offering a look at the PARI facility, a hike up the hills for the breathtaking sunset view and history talk as well as plenty of space to stay the night and soak up the shooting stars; there will be big telescopes too! This overnight package for two (2) includes Meteor Shower tickets, an evening under the stars and observing through our telescopes at our historic, mountaintop, Internationally certified Dark Sky Park, an overnight stay in one of our cabin quarters, a pre-packaged dinner on Friday and pre-packaged breakfast on Saturday. **Additional tickets can be added for a total of up to 6 people per room-choose additional adult after adding the cabin package. This event is a rain or shine event! No refunds will be issued unless PARI cancels the event. Preregistration is required REGISTER HERE – OVERNIGHT CABIN PACKAGE Leonids Meteor Shower Experience – CABIN... Read More
Geminids Meteor Shower Experience at PARI

Geminids Meteor Shower Experience at PARI

Have you ever wished upon a star? Now is your chance! Enjoy an evening under the stars observing the Geminids Meteor Shower at our historic, mountaintop, Internationally Certified Dark Sky Park! The Geminids meteors are often bold, white and bright. On a dark night, you can often catch 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark, moonless sky. The greatest number of meteors typically fall in the wee hours after midnight. Astronomers and telescopes will also be available earlier in the evening to view the dark skies. PARI is offering two ticket options to this event. The first is an EVENING TICKET to enjoy observing the meteor shower and the night sky through PARI telescopes. The second option is the OVERNIGHT CABIN PACKAGE for two people that includes dinner, a tour, sunset hike, observing the meteors, night sky observing, an overnight stay in a cabin quarter and breakfast. The overnight cabin package is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be given unless PARI cancels the event. PURCHASE TICKETS – EVENING TICKET (7-9pm) SOLD OUT! PURCHASE TICKETS – OVERNIGHT CABIN PACKAGE – 2 CABIN SPOTS... Read More