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Horizons Unlimited

Empowering our communities to explore science and the natural world.

To mobilize our communities by bridging the gap between the opportunities of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.

50 Years of #HU4YOU

Horizons Unlimited has served the citizens of Salisbury and Rowan County for over 50 years with educational programing for all ages. Our family friendly public events provide a space where exploration, creativity and innovation are fostered.

During the year, services include K-12 academic school programming, support to community groups seeking educational entertainment and summer camps focused on our mission of exploring science and the natural world.

The staff of Horizons Unlimited looks forward to serving your education and entertainment needs in the upcoming year. For more information or to join our Friends of Horizons email listing, call 704-639-3004.

NC Science Festival April 6 11:00 am- 3:00 pm


Rowan Public Library Star Party April 12


Horizons Unlimited Summer Camp 2019


June 17-21 Time Warp Camp in partnership with the Rowan Museum (rising 3rd - 5th graders) explores Rowan County's early history. Students will visit historical properties in downtown Salisbury including the Utzman Chambers House, the Old English Cemetery, Freedman’s Cemetery and the Old Stone House near Granite Quarry. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience Colonial living through the following activities during the week-long camp:

  • Create a journal and practice writing with a quill
  • Locate historical burials and learn local stories of notable Salisburians
  • Learn how to shape and mold punched tin
  • Experience candle dipping, weaving fabrics and rugs, gardening, and outdoor cooking, 
  • Introduction to recognizing antiques and artifacts

Time: 8am - 2pm
Cost: $120.00

Contact the Rowan Museum to register - (704) 633-5946


June 17-20 Out and About with Mr. Neil Season 1 (Repeat)

Rising 1st and 2nd

Being outside and exploring the outdoors is the MOST FUN EVER! Kids will interact the outdoors and amazing critters in a safe, fun, and exciting environment. Trips to area ecosystems and a chance to be a “junior curator” of the museum at Horizons allow junior environmentalists to bring the museum to life for future visitors!

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $100.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


June 24 – 27 Creepers, Pikachu, and Harry Camp

Rising 3rd through 6th

Prepare to explore the three of the most famous fantasy worlds of the past decade. What makes these worlds and their unique characters a phenomenon? Join this camp and explore all three with fellow followers!

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $100.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


July 8-11 Space Camp

Celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Apollo moon landing with Space Camp!  Shoot rockets, build a robot rover, and solve problems on the way to Space.  The moon is our focus all week, but we will also be exploring current and future space missions.  Join us for a week of astronomy fun! 

Rising 4th through 6th

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $120.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


July 8-11 SHS STEM Camp

July 15-18 SHS STEM Camp

July 22 – 25 SHS STEM Camp

Choose One or Two Weeks to attend

Focused on enriching experiences for students who are passionate about Science and Math. This camp allows them to dive deeper into topics and have rich experiences outside of the traditional classroom. The sessions are taught by local teachers and the camp structure allows them to branch out and teach a subject in which they have a personal interest.

Rising 6th– 9th

Register through Salisbury High School – (704)636-1221


July 8-12 Camp Invention at Horizons

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

Register online - https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention


July 29-Aug 1 Culinary Camp

Does your student love to cook?  This is the camp for you!  We will learn the basics of food safety, baking, knife skills, and planning meals all while having a BLAST. We will be working with the experts of Rowan-Salisbury Schools Food Service department and local restaurateurs who are leaders in the field of food service and hospitality.  Future chefs will be in the making! 

Rising 7th -10th

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $120

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


Nature, Hiking, and a Story

By Diane Folk
Mother and son enjoy the Horizons Unlimited StoryWalk on the nature trail.

Get more exercise. Take a walk. Read a book. All advice that we are given all the time. How about if you could take a walk, read a book and spend time with your family all at once? That is exactly what the StoryWalk at Horizons Unlimited aims to accomplish! Every month a different children’s book with beautiful illustrations will be on display along the upper portion of the trail within the Tom E. Smith Exploratorium and Nature Trail. Get outside, enjoy the fresh air, see the beautiful fall leaves, and read with your family. Please come and visit every month. We would love to see you on the trail!


Horizons Unlimited is located at 1636 Parkview Circle (behind Knox Middle School). The trail is open to the public daily from daylight to dusk. The trail entrance is located in the corner of the parking lot.

The StoryWalk Project was developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and is a register trademark owned by Ms. Ferguson.


Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium

Our 30-foot dome ceiling, theater seating for 72, and original star projector continue to amaze audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We have recently added a homemade mirror-dome like system that allows us to present multiple formats and amaze audiences in a whole new immersive environment!

Native American Artifact Collection

The exhibit showcases a wide variety of North Carolina Indian tools, baskets and weaponry. Also included is part of the Peter Cooper collection of arrowheads, spear points and other remnants of area tribes.


Experience a two-story, moist, tropical environment with colorful vegetation such as banana trees, palms, ferns and orchids. Discover a wide variety of aquatic life forms, such as zooplankton, aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans and freshwater fish species 

Setzer School

This is a 19th century one-room log schoolhouse originally used in southern Rowan County. It is furnished to show a typical school of that time period. Visitors recreate a school day by studying reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Smith Exploratorium-Nature Trail

Hike along nature trails and boardwalks to see a wetland forest rarely found in the inner Piedmont of North Carolina. This 34-acre study area is recognized in the NC Registry of Natural Heritage areas for outstanding natural value.

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