Activities Nearby

Local Enrichment Opportunities


PARI’s summer STEM and space camp programming is designed to inspire your young scientist’s curiosity, passion, and confidence to discover something extraordinary. We give campers experiences that encourage deeper thinking and problem solving skills while finding opportunities for comradery, adventure, and fun in the incredible Pisgah Forest region.

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL) Summer Enrichment Camp“AICL creates an environment in which it’s safe to laugh and learn, to risk and fail, to experiment with something outside of one’s competence.  We celebrate the life of the mind, but we’ve seen too many bright, interesting campers who don’t necessarily fit well in a traditional school model to limit ourselves to those who’ve been classified as “gifted.”  Instead, we call our campers motivated learners, figuring anyone who shows up to take biology, math, or art in July is motivated. Campers make lifelong friends at AICL. They experience breakthroughs in their thinking and understanding.  They experience acceptance and new confidence in their social skills.  But most of all, they receive a lesson that we hope will stay with them their whole lives, and that, through all of our changes, we’ve known all along: Learning is fun.”

AICL has its Summer Enrichment Camp at Warren Wilson College.  Offering both residential and day camp programs, they serve campers ages 8 to 17 (or rising 3rd graders to rising 12th graders). The day camp program accepts children ages 8 to 12. Overnight campers stay in a college dormitory, generally sharing a room with a roommate; a counselor stays in another room on the same hall. AICL typically has a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5.

Asheville Museum of Science  offers after school science clubs for K-6 students. Each club is designed for different levels and covers unique areas of earth science with exciting lessons, games, crafts, activities, and just plain fun! No matter what area of earth science interests your child the most, they have a program for the unique needs of gifted learners. Their clubs are designed to be fun and entertaining, but also educational using a hands-on approach to understanding science concepts. To sign-up, you can call and register over the phone. (828) 254-7162

Tarheel Junior Historians at the Smith-McDowell House

Junior history buffs meet and there is a small fee, but the activities are a lot of fun for students that love history! 

The Asheville Art Museum has educational opportunities after school, summer camp, and family events.

Super Saturday is "UNC Asheville's six-week Saturday morning educational enrichment program for creative, highly motivated, and/or academically gifted students in grades 3-8.  They provide opportunities for students to explore new ideas and broaden their perspectives by offering a wide array of experiential, “hands-on" courses in the arts and sciences.  Super Saturday opportunities encourage elementary and middle-school students to experience a university campus, engage with instructors from UNC Asheville and the local community, and develop an interest in further learning and discovery.Every Fall and Spring, nearly four hundred students arrive on campus and create a unique hub of energy and learning.  If your child loves to learn, then Super Saturday is the place to be!"

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

PARI (pronounced “perry”) is a non-profit astronomical observatory located in the Pisgah National Forest near Balsam Grove, North Carolina. 

Visiting PARI "Welcome to PARI. Current collections include: The Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA), the International Astronomical Union's endorsed site for the preservation of Time Domain Astronomy; the extensive poster, picture and memorabilia display of astronomy and space exploration; the walking tour of the "Galaxy Walk" display of our solar system; historical instruments used in the early NASA missions (including the first 26 Meter antenna used to communicate with the astronauts); and observe radio astronomy being conducted by PARI astronomers and visiting scientists. PARI is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and other times for special programs."

Evening at PARI

Join us on the second Friday of each month for an Evening at PARI. The evening includes a tour of PARI, a talk about recent events in astronomy, and if the weather is clear, we also plan to setup optical telescopes to view the planets, Moon, and other celestial objects.

Wednesday Afternoon at 2 PM Call for Reservations: 828-862-5554.

PARI is pleased to offer public tours of our facility on most Wednesday afternoons at 2 PM. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 828-862-5554. The tours last about 1.5 hours. There is a nominal fee of $5.00 per person with no charge for children under 10. Driving time to the site from downtown Brevard is about 25 minutes. Maps and directions can be found from the link. We think you will find the tours both educational and entertaining. The visit features a guided tour of our PARI's Galaxy Walk.