International Dark Sky Places

Stars over Big Bend National Park by Tyler Nordgren

   Interest in our International Dark Sky Places is on the
   rise.  Learn all about them here.>>

If you're looking to become a regular advocate for dark skies, consider forming a chapter in your area.

Chapters are an integral part of our organization's success.  These groups are staffed by volunteers all over the globe and act as a base for IDA in their regions. An IDA chapter can organize events, educate and network with municipalities, schools and other organizations.  You do not have to have specialized experience, such as be a professional astronomer or an engineer, to lead an IDA Chapter.  The only qualification is a passion to advocate for keeping the night skies natural.

How to become a Chapter

If you are interested in forming a Chapter, please read the Chapter Handbook or click on the Frequently Asked Questions page.Chapters act as autonomous advocates for IDA and specialize in local action. Advantages of Chapters is the close network of expertise and assistance IDA headquarters provides. Chapters agree adhere to IDA’s philosophies and bylaws.  In addition, they are required to submit annual reports to IDA and are bound to uphold the rules of Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1987.

Download a Chapter Application

Please forward completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

Affiliates

In addition, IDA has Affiliates in numerous regions.  If you can not find a Chapter in your region, try contacting an Affiliate.  Affiliates are similar in scope to Chapters; however, they have either become individual tax-exempt organizations or work under their individual country's charitable code. Please email IDA for more information.

Find a Chapter in your area

select from the list below:

 

International Chapters USA Chapters

 

International Chapters

Americas

 

IDA Alberta, Canada
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
c/o Telus World of Science Edmonton
11211-142 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5M 4A1 Canada
Telephone: E-mail contact only please
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URL: http://edmontonrasc.com/public/

 

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IDA Southern Alberta Chapter, Canada

Jennifer Howse
Education Specialist
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
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phone: 403 931 2366
website: www.ucalgary.ca/rao

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/rothney.observatory
https://twitter.com/RAOastronomy

 

 

IDA Québec, Canada
Mihai R. Pecingina
5 Complexe Desjardins
CP 1076
Montréal, Québec, H5B 1A0
Canada
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Web site: www.IDAQuebec.org  FacebookTwitter

 

 

IDA Toronto, Canada
Nicole Mortillaro
Toronto Ontario
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Phone: 416 882-7640

 

IDA México
Fernando Ávila Castro
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional
km 103 Carretera Tij-Ens.
Ensenada B.C. 22860
México
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Web: http://leydelcielo.astrosen.unam.mx

 

Light Pollution in Chile
Casilla 603

La Serena
Chile
Telephone: +56 (0)51 205200
Fax: +56 (0)51 205212
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Europe

IDA Austria
Dr. Günther Wuchterl
VereinKuffner-Sternwarte
Johann-Staud-Street 10
A-1160 Vienna
Austria
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IDA Czech Republic
Dr. Jan Hollan
Hvzdárna a planetárium M. Kopernéka v Brn
Kravéhora 2
CZ-616 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Fax: +420 541 23 33 23
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E-group: Magnitude6

 

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IDA Greece
Dr. Margarita Metaxa
63, EthnikisAntistaseos Street
GR-15231 Athens
Greece
Fax: +30 210-675-4161
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IDA Hungary
Zoltan Kollath
Kaposzentbenedek 49
Bardudvarnok, H-7478
Hungary
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URL: fenyszennyezes.csillagaszat.hu/

 

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IDA Italy
Dr. Mario Di Sora
Astronomical Observatory, Campo Catino
Via Fosse Ardeatine 234
I-03100 Frosinone
Italy
Fax: +39 0775-211238
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http://debora.pd.astro.it/cinzano/

 

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Light Pollution Awareness Group
Alexei Pace
34 Triq Santa Katarina
Marsaxlokk, ZTN 09
Malta
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E-group: MaltAstro
Web site: www.maltastro.org

 

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Dark Sky Slovenia
Herman Mikuz
Teslova 30
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
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URL: http://www.temnonebo.org/

 

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Dark-Sky Switzerland (DSS)
Marcus Klingler
Postfach CH-8712
Stäfa
Switzerland
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Web site: www.darksky.ch

 

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Asia/Pacific

IDA Australia/Asia-Pacific Regional Office
Reg Wilson
Lighting Analysis Design
32 Carina Road
Turramurra, New South Wales 2074
Australia
Telephone/fax: +61(0)2 9488-7078
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IDA Tokyo, Japan
 Nobuaki Ochi
Faculty of Business Administration, Toyo University, 5-28-20, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Japan
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fax: +81-3-3945-7477
Website: idatokyo.org Twitter: IDA Tokyo

 

IDA Beijing, China
The Starry Sky Project of China (SSPC)
Xiaohua Wang
Room 501 Xinsheng Tower
No.5 Financial Street
Xicheng District
Beijing, China
Fax: +86-10-66555238
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IDA Guangdong Province, China
Daobo "Paul" Zhang
Hengjiangxia Administration, Changpin
Dongguan, Guangdong 
Guangzhou, 523565
China
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IDA Hong Kong, China
Ricky Tsui
P.O. Box 70329 Kowloon Central Post Office
Hong Kong
China
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IDA Shanghai, China 
Fei Guo
Room 407, Building 5
Shanghai New Sport City, 
No. 58 Hua Chi Road
Shanghai, 200061
China
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IDA India
Arun George
C/O KERALA STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM & PRIYADARSINI PLANETARIUM
Vikasbhavan P.O,
Trivandrum
Kerala
India - 695033
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India

IDA Korea (Seoul)
Jeong Tai Kim PhD, Professor, Director
Center for Sustainable Healthy Buildings
Department of Architectural Engineering
Kyung Hee University
Yongin 446-701
Republic of Korea

 

Tel: +82 31 201 2539
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IDA Gyeongsan City Korea

Wonkil Jeong
Department of Hospital Management
Daegu Haany University
1  Haanydaero, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea     (712-715)

 

Phone: +82-53-819-1442 / +82-10-2520-2963
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 Middle East

IDA Israel
Ido Bareket
Bareket Observatory
Hartimna 725
Macabim 71908
Israel
Fax: +927-057-7941475
Email: http://www.bareket-astro.com/club_en.html
URL: http://www.bareket-astro.com/ida/light_pollution.html
URL: http://www.bareket-astro.com/ida/light_pollution.pdf 

 

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USA Chapters

  Northeast

 

IDA Northeast Region
(including New England and parts of Canada)

Leo Smith
1060 Mapleton Avenue
Suffield, Connecticut 06078
USA
Fax: 860-668-6688
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 IDA Westchester County
Charles Fulco
113 Bowman Ave
Port Chester, NY 10573
USA
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IDA Connecticut
Leo Smith
1060 Mapleton Avenue
Suffield, Connecticut 06078
USA
Fax: 860-668-6688
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IDA Vermont
W. Terry Kennaugh
24 Chateaugay Rd.
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
USA
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 IDA Maine
Jim Hatch
P.O. Box 2334
Scarborough, Maine 04070
USA
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Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council (POLC)
Stan Stubbe
1438 Shaner Drive
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19465
USA
Telephone/fax: 610-326-1402
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Web site: www.polcouncil.org
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 IDA New York
Susan Harder
26 Deep Six Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937
USA
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Web site: http://www.nyida.org/

 

 IDA New Hampshire
David Speltz
597 Sagamore Ave, Unit 108
Portsmouth, New Hampshire  03801
USA
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Midwest

 

IDA Central Illinois
Jesse Hoover
17424 W. McDonald Road
Trivoli, Illinois 61569
USA
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IDA Iowa
Joanne Hailey
1116 42nd St
Des Moines, Iowa  50311-3506
USA
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IDA Chicago, Illinois
Audrey Fischer—Chapter contact
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URL: www.onestar-awb.org

IDA Northeast Ohio
Ian Cooper
Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
1591 Thomas St.
Newbury Ohio 44065
USA
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URL: http://cvas.cvas-north.com/light_pollution.html

 

Good Lighting Advocates for Starry Skies (GLASS)
Bonnie Garrity
16 Hawthorne Lane
Galena, IL 61036
USA
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IDA Wisconsin
Scott Lind
8900 McKenzie Lane
Hollandale, Wisconsin 53544
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South

 

IDA Arkansas
Andrew Hradesky
20 Pine Mountain Dr
Conway, Arkansas 72034
USA
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IDA Dark Sky North Georgia
Jim Reaves
6034 Highway 76 West
Clayton, GA  30525
USA
 

IDA Florida
George Fleenor
7803 25th Avenue West
Bradenton, Florida 34209
USA
Fax: 941-794-6877
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Web site: http://www.geographicsimaging.com/default.htm

 

IDA North Carolina
Prof. Daniel B. Caton
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina 28608
USA
Fax: 828-262-2049
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Web site: www.ncdarksky.org

IDA South Florida
Bryan Bodie
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Eric Vandernoot
PO Box 3512
Boynton Beach, FL 33424
USA
Telephone: 561 297-STAR  (7827)
Website: www.idasouthflorida.org
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IDA Central Tennessee

Joseph Boyd
5039 Hillsboro Pike #152N
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
USA
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IDA Central Florida
Greg Golgowski
3500 Harmony Square Drive West
Harmony, FL 34773
USA
Telephone: 407-891-1616 x 260
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IDA Virginia
Laura Graham
3115 Judes Ferry Road
Powhatan, Virginia 23139
USA
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Web site: www.darkvirginiasky.org

Laura Kitchin Greenleaf
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West

 

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition (FDSC)
Lance Diskan & Christian B. Luginbuhl
P.O. Box 1892
Flagstaff, Arizona 86002
USA
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Web site: www.flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

IDA Pinal County, Arizona
Keith Krueger
11181 East Peralta Canyon Drive
Gold Canyon, Arizona 85218
USA
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IDA Phoenix
Gene Fioretti
2227 N 165th Drive
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
USA
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IDA Southern Arizona
3223 North First Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719
USA
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Web site: www.sa-ida.org Facebook

 

IDA California
Jack Sales
5978 Woodbriar Way
Citrus Heights, California 95621
USA
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Website: www.skykeepers.org

IDA San Bernardino County, California -
High Deserts Region

Tom O'Key
P.O. Box 2192
Joshua Tree, California 92252
USA
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Web site: http://www.scdva.org/

 

IDA San Diego County, California
Lisa Bruhn
1222 Mariposa Rd.
Carlsbad, California 92011
USA
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IDA Santa Barbara County, California
Nancy Emerson
2106 Creekside Drive
Solvang, California 93463
USA
Telephone/fax: 805-693-1386
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IDA Colorado
Dr. Robert Stencel
Chamberlin Observatory
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado 80208
USA
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URL:
http://mysite.du.edu/~rstencel/COIDAblog.html

IDA Hawaii
Howard Wiig & Dr. Richard Wainscoat
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
USA
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IDA Northern Nevada
Maggie Tracey
P.O. Box 136
Genoa, Nevada 89411
USA
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Barbara Woodward Rainey
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IDA Texas
Cindy Luongo Cassidy
620 Onion Creek Ranch Rd
Driftwood, TX 78619
USA
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Web Site: http://www.texasida.org/

IDA Southwest Texas
David Oesper
901 West Del Rio Avenue
Alpine, TX 79830
USA
Email:

Gil Bartee
203 5th St
Alpine, TX  79830
USA
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Web site:
http://www.bigbenddarkskies.com

 

IDA Utah
Brent Bennett
1173 E. Big Pinion Lane
Apple Valley, UT 84737
USA
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Website: www.swscience.org/IDA-Utah.html

 

IDA Ogden Valley Utah
Janet Muir
USA
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Website: www.starrynightsutah.org
IDA Colorado Plateau
Kate Magargal
PO Box 576
Moab UT, 84532
USA
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Dark Skies Northwest
(Chapter for Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington)
David Ingram
20456 131st Place SE
Kent, WA 98031
USA
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Web site:
http://www.darkskiesnorthwest.org/
Discussion group: 
http://groups.google.com/group/light-pollution