Enrichment Opportunities

These programs offer enrichment opportunities for students outside of school. 

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a 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."


Zaniac Asheville offers a selection of classes and programs based on STEAM for students.

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL)

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning  offers summer enrichment camp for students. “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.

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.

Duke TIP Program

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.

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.