Rosman, NC – The Learning Center at PARI recently announced their upcoming 2019 science/astronomy summer camp schedule with the launch of a new website, The summer schedule includes two new residential camp programs: Camp Above and Beyond, and Astro Camp. Each camp offers learners the opportunity to continue their education out of the classroom through hands-on science, technology and astronomy-themed workshops at the Learning Center’s historic campus.

Astro Camp is available to boys and girls, ages 11 – 14, and is a one-week session from August 4 – 9. During this camp, campers will explore, map and 3D print the locations that Neil Armstrong took his “one giant leap for mankind,” and the mammoth Martian volcano Olympus Mons by utilizing actual data from NASA satellites. This Lunar & Planetary Institute recognized camp teaches 3D design and printing, with a focus on planetary geology, and tactile communication (Braille).

Camp Above and Beyond is an in-depth, two-week experience that is designed to immerse 9th – 12th grade students in the multi-faceted world of space science and research through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology. This accelerated camp will be offered as a two-week session from June 16 – 28 and presents campers with an opportunity to work with the Learning Center’s historic instruments from NASA as part of their experience.

Each co-ed residential camp takes place on the Learning Center’s 200-acre, mountaintop campus, with meals provided by their on-site restaurant, Smiley’s, and lodging in their 3,000 square foot cabins.

For additional information, scholarship opportunities and to register, visit the Learning Center’s website at or call (828) 862-5554.

About PARI
The Learning Center at PARI is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the 200-acre campus is the former site of a historic NASA satellite tracking station. Today, The Learning Center at PARI is a premier science camp destination for all ages to visit and become immersed in the world of science and technology. The campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, onsite lodging, and restaurant. Exhibit galleries display NASA Space Shuttle artifacts and collections of rare meteorites and minerals. The Learning Center at PARI provides STEM educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit

Photo: The Learning Center at PARI’s 200-acre campus is located in the Pisgah National Forest at a former historic NASA tracking station.
Photo caption: The Sky Deck at PARI