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Horizons Unlimited Summer Camp Offerings 2018Limited Space Available

To register, contact Horizons Unlimited (704)639-3004 or visit

https://tinyurl.com/j7ngfat for Online School Pay

(Breakfast and Lunch provided for all camps through RSS Summer Meals)

Culinary Camp

June 18th- 21st


Instructor: Neil Pifer

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 8th-10th graders

$100.00 camp fee

15 participants

Advanced Coding Camp (Open to Salisbury Community Schools)

Eligible schools: Knox, Overton, Isenberg, Koontz

June 25th- 28th


Instructors: Kyle Whisenant, Erik Barton, Becca Glenn and Jamesha Thomas

Learn how to create computer programs, dive deep into the language that your cell phone and computer uses every day. During this coding camp, you will work with drones, robots and game design. Transportation can be provided to and from camp if needed.

Rising 5th -7th graders

$10.00 T-Shirt Fee

30 participants

Creative Arts in the Community

Developed and presented by Rowan-Salisbury AIG Nurturing

June 25th-28th

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Instructors: Nancy Goodnight and Michelle Allen

Join us as we explore the community through the lens of the creative arts. Visual arts and writing will go hand in hand as we take daily field trips to explore our local community. Campers will learn the basics of photography and a variety of related art forms to compliment original writing projects while creating a keepsake scrapbook.

Rising 4th – 6th graders

$100.00 camp fee

25 participants

Art Exploration Camp

August 6th-9th


Instructor: Kyle Whisenant

This year’s exploration will focus on encouraging students to explore painting, sculpting and mixed media. They will learn various techniques for painting and new ways to create images. A field trip to one of our North Carolina art galleries will be included in the cost of camp. Come let your imagination take the wheel!

Rising 6th-8th graders

$100.00 camp fee

20 participants

Out and About Season 3 - Closed Registration (Wait List)

August 6th-9th

7:30 pm – 3:30pm

Instructor: Neil Pifer

Mr. Neil is BACK! This is the only season of Out and About that is on the schedule this summer. This camp will fill up fast with explorers from around the county! Continuing with our ecology camp theme, will explore the outdoors in a whole new way this summer with active movement, art, and our brand-new touch tank! This offering is a little different each year, so if you are new or a returning camper, everyone will love Out and About with Mr. Neil!

Rising 1st-3rd graders

$80.00 camp fee

20 participants

K-2 Kids Coding Camp - Closed Registration (Wait List)

Developed and presented by Rowan-Salisbury AIG Nurturing

August 13th-16th

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Instructors: Nancy Goodnight and Amy Vedeikis

If you love robots and trying to figure out how they work, this camp is for you! Our young campers will start each day learning the basics of coding before working with a variety of robots in design and team challenges. Ozobots, beebots, nanobots and lego robotics are just a few of the different robots our campers will be coding! In conjunction with the NOVANT STEM Scholars Program, our campers will have the added bonus of middle school students mentoring them through several challenges.


Rising 1st-3rd graders

$100.00 camp fee

25 participants

Novant STEM Scholars

Eligible Schools: Rowan-Salisbury Schools Middle School Students Rising 6th-8th

August 13th-16th


Instructors: Neil Pifer and Kyle Whisenant

Campers who attend this camp will participate in a broad variety of digital experiences including coding, robotics, 3D printing/design, and immersive virtual reality. Each day of camp will provide an exploration of how each of these technologies is used in careers that require skilled technicians and specialist to develop their computational thinking.

Application Required/$10.00 T-Shirt Fee

40 participants accepted

Camp Invention Returns Again!

What is Camp Invention?

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. Horizons Unlimited will be hosting Camp Invention again for two weeks (same offering both weeks) in July. Please register through http://campinvention.org. For more information, contact Neil Pifer at (704) 639-3004 or neil.pifer@rss.k12.nc.us

Horizons Unlimited - Camp Invention - Fast Forward

For children entering grades K through 6
Cost: $225

Location: 1636 Parkview Circle
Salisbury, NC 28144

Program Dates: 7/9/2018 - 7/13/2018 OR 7/16/2018-7/20/2018
Program Length: 5 Days
Program Times: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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. The first story featured was A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn with illustrations by Barbara L. Gibson. This month the trail is showcasing Possum’s Harvest Moon written and illustrated by Anne Hunter. 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.

Welcome CCAC Classes

By Shannon Ellsworth

Students visiting the touch tank at Horizons Unlimited looking at starfish.

CCAC students from Millbridge, Shive, Overton, and Rockwell Elementary Schools have started off an exciting new school year by visiting Horizons Unlimited. Students enjoyed participating in a variety of activities during their visit. Two lab activities allowed students to investigate states of matter by exploring melting, buoyancy, and air investigations.

A visit to the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium gave students the opportunity to learn more about the night sky and to view a spectacular full dome presentation of “In My Backyard.”

These students were also the first students in Rowan County to visit the unveiling of the new Horizons Unlimited Animal Room Exhibits. The new Salt Water Touch Tank houses a variety of critters for students to pet including a chocolate chip starfish and Halloween Hermit Crab. Students were also able to visit the new Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in the Rainforest Room.

This experience was a wonderful opportunity for our CCAC students to explore the standards by venturing outside of the classroom for a trip full of engaging, rigorous learning.


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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Rowan-Salisbury Schools Pilots State Renewal Program

The State of North Carolina passed HB 986 enabling qualifying school districts to become a renewal district. Currently only Rowan-Salisbury Schools district qualifies. On June 28th the RSS Board of Education elected to participate in this program. Click for details.