Local Enrichment Opportunities
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.”

Each summer, AICL hosts its Summer Enrichment Camp at Warren Wilson College.  They offer both residential and day camp programs, and 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.



Tarheel Junior Historians at the Smith-McDowell House

Junior history buffs meet throughout the school year on the second Thursday of the month. New members are always welcome!



Asheville Science Museum (formerly known as Colburn Earth Science Museum)

Colburn Earth Science Museum is relocating and re-branding as the Asheville Science Museum. They offer Super Science Saturdays and other events throughout the school year, as well as summer camps when school is not in session. They are now located at 43 Patton Ave in downtown Asheville. Check them out at www.ashevillescience.org.


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. PARI operates multiple radio telescopes and optical telescopes for research and teaching purposes. The observatory is affiliated with the University of North Carolina system through the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Educational Center (PARSEC).

Throughout the year, PARI hosts workshops and tours for students, including “Space Day” each May. Check the schedule to see when you might want to visit for a talk and tour.



Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.

Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

Click here for information on Duke TIP opportunities for 5th and 6th graders.


Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers Eco-Explorers programs throughout the year for students ages 8 to 13 to engage with the natural world through hands-on investigations. Online reservations are required. Past programs have included animal tracking, primitive survival skills, stream investigation, and fly-fishing, just to name a few.


Asheville Community Theatre Youth Production Classes

Asheville Community Theatre offers Youth Production Classes for K-12 students interested in learning the ins and outs of participating in a big production and Broadway Bootcamp for middle and high school students (beginning at age 12) who want to sing, dance, and act. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.

North Carolina State Historic Sites

For a complete list of events hosted by NC State Historic Sites, visit this website.

Zaniac Asheville

Conveniently located for Roberson district students, Zaniac Asheville is located in Biltmore Park and offers enrichment programs in math and technology. You can learn more about them through their website.

For local calendars of events for students and families, check out Asheville Macaroni Kid or Mountain Express.


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