Formerly called the EnergyXchange, the Mayland Earth to Sky Park is home to the Bare Dark Sky Observatory and the future home of the Glen and Carol Arthur Planetarium, micro-propagation/aquaponics & hydroponics facility, visitors’ center, and garden trails.


The Earth to Sky Park will be a destination point for visitors who are interested in learning about the world we live in, from the earth to the sky. The centerpiece of the Park is the Bare Dark Sky Observatory, which provides a hands-on learning experience for Mayland students and is also open by reservation. Plans for a state-of-the-art planetarium are underway, which will serve as a further educational opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the night sky during daylight hours.

A visitors’ center will provide a history of the site and explain how it transitioned from a landfill to its current state. It will also serve as a starting point for planetarium visits and information about the facility.

Mayland plans to expand the micro-propagation lab, which is currently located on the Main Campus in Spruce Pine and add a hydroponics/aquaponics facility. These will support Mayland’s newest degree program in agriculture and provide the public with an opportunity to view these facilities and learn about how these processes are helping save rare plant species and creating innovative new farming techniques.

The Earth to Sky Park also will provide flexible classroom space and a meeting center for Mayland classes and community meetings. Outside of the meeting center will be both a butterfly garden, housing plants grown from seed on site and a papermaking garden, where artists and students could harvest materials to use in Mayland art classes.

Visitors will be able to wander the grounds of the Earth to Sky Park and hike a trail through gardens to make their way up to the Bare Dark Sky Observatory.

COMING in 2020!!


Mayland Community College is constructing a 60 seat planetarium with a 36 ft projection dome located at the Earth to Sky Park. This facility will become a multi-use destination for our students, school children, residents, and visitors for many years to come. The Planetarium will be used for viewing the skies from around the world, traveling through the human body as part of STEM education and virtually experiencing wonderful places around the globe. Laser light shows at the Planetarium will allow visitors to listen to some of their favorite artists. It will be an event center with activities under the stars and enable viewers to experience our local night sky even when cloudy. The Glen and Carol Arthur Planetarium will provide education and entertainment for all ages!

planetariumContact Information:

Address: 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville NC 28714

Phone: 828-766-1277

For information regarding the Earth to Sky Park please email:

For information regarding the Bare Dark Sky Observatory please email:


From Marion through Spruce Pine:

Travel to Spruce Pine via Hwy 221 north to Hwy 226 west.
Turn left onto Hwy 19E south toward Burnsville and travel about 8 miles.
Turn right onto Hwy 80 north and travel about 2 miles.
Turn left onto Landfill Road. Follow the signs to Mayland Earth to Sky Park.

From Asheville through Burnsville:

From I-26 West toward Tennessee take exit 9 (Burnsville exit).
On Hwy 19E north travel approximately 21 miles, passing through Burnsville.
Turn left onto Hwy 80 north and travel about 2 miles.
Turn left onto Landfill Road. Follow the signs to Mayland Earth to Sky Park.