IDA offers lesson plans to aid in teaching light pollution issues. Currently three lesson plans are available for download.
This material was produced by IDA with donations from members. If you download this material and find it useful, please donate to IDA now so we can continue our mission of preserving and protecting the nighttime environment.
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A searchlight disrupts the night sky
These programs are designed for use by educators. Please note that downloads will begin automatically in .pdf except for those marked PPT for PowerPoint. They are designed for use on both a PC and Mac, although, the PPT reader in Mac may distort the contents.
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Please read the curriculum first, then download the corresponding material.
Outdoor Activity Book
This outdoor activity book is designed for the elementary age student.
We hope that this book will be used by parents, teachers, and astronomy clubs to teach children in fun and inventive ways about the beauty of the natural night sky. The book can be downloaded for free from the link below. It is designed to be used in color, but if that is not possible you are welcome to print it in black and white.
If at anytime you would like to submit an addition to the book please email us from the contact tab at the top of the page. We are always interested in seeing what other groups are doing to teach the public about dark skies and light pollution. Thank you for your support of our organization.
Introduction to Lighting (age 16 to adult)
Journey Through the Solar System (age 5-8)
Journey Through the Solar System (age 9-13)
Wild About Wildlife (age 5-8)
Wild About Wildlife (age 9-13)
Naming Of Two New International Dark Sky Places Highlights UK Commitment To Dark Night Skies
IDA is proud to recognize Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and Isle of Coll International Dark Sky Community for their exceptional efforts in helping preserve and promote dark night skies over Britain. This brings to six the total number of IDA International Dark Sky Places in the UK, second only to the United States. Read the press release >>
IDA on TV
IDA Executive Director Bob Parks was recently interviewed about light pollution on CBS This Morning. Watch the video here.
Light Pollution in Men's Journal
The December 2013 issue of Men's Journal has a nine-page article on light pollution. Read "How Light Pollution is Stealing the Night Sky."
IDA's Current Lighting Estimates
Check out IDA's new lighting estimates: World Outdoor Lighting Facts. Click here to see a larger graphic
Member of the IDA Board of Directors interviewed on slashdot.org:
IDA Board Member, Kelly Beatty, was interviewed on Slashdot about the importance of protecting the night sky and how LEDs are encouraging the change. Read More >>
New Mexican Skies Protected with Dark Sky Park Designation
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been designated as the world's newest "Gold Tier" International Dark Sky Park. Read more >>
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Skyglow Berlin Project for Kids
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