Enrichment Opportunities

These programs offer enrichment opportunities for students outside of school. 

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in Every Park offers all 4th grade students for the school year a pass that grants fee access to all public lands and waters across the country, including National Monuments, Historic Sites, and National Parks! To get your pass, visit the website and complete the short activity, then print your pass and take it with you to each park you visit.

WHY FOURTH GRADERS? "We chose fourth graders because research shows that kids ages nine to eleven are beginning to learn about the world around them. They're open to new ideas, and they are likely to connect to nature and history."

Blue Ridge Parkway Junior Ranger

Becoming a Blue Ridge Parkway Junior Ranger is exciting and rewarding! Pick up your Junior Ranger folder and instructions at any park visitor center. Rangers are typically available from Memorial Day through October. Then travel the Parkway to get activity sheets that are connected to the stories and the places along your journey. Check out kidsinparks.com for more activities related to the Parkway.


Tarheel Junior Historians at the Smith-McDowell House

Tarheel Junior Historians meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 throughout the school year. They participate in several different programs like Reenactment of a One Room Schoolhouse, learn about the Smith-McDowell House, Service Projects, and State Contests. 

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute  offers programs and learning opportunities for students and their families to enjoy. For example, every month they have a stargazing experience for families to enjoy.