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Owls and Stargazing at the Headlands Dark Sky Park

Children gather around a birding expert during a "Owl Branding & Stargazing" event at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Michigan.

The Headlands, a 600-acre IDA International Dark Sky Park on the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan will be hosting two evenings of “Owl Banding and Stargazing” during International Dark Sky Week. The events will be… Read More

Big Park, Arizona, Named International Dark Sky Community

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In recognition of local efforts to promote and protect its naturally dark nighttime environment, the International Dark-Sky Association has named Big Park, Arizona, an International Dark Sky Community. The village, also informally known as the… Read More

IDA Designates First U.S. International Dark Sky Sanctuary In New Mexico

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IDA is pleased to announce the designation of the Cosmic Campground as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is the first such designation in the U.S., and the first IDA International Dark Sky Place designation of… Read More

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Named Florida’s First Dark Sky Place

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Dark skies have rapidly vanished in the eastern United States, leaving very few locations relatively untouched by the effects of artificial light at night. The need to identify and preserve these places is increasingly important… Read More

7 Dark Sky Highlights of 2015

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1.   17 New International Dark Sky Places Our International Dark Sky Places program had another record breaking year. We designated 17 new Dark Sky Places, breaking 2014’s record of 13! The new Dark Sky… Read More

Snowdonia, Wales, Named International Dark Sky Reserve

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ABERGYNOLWYN, WALES (4 December 2015) — Snowdonia National Park has been named an International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). It is only the tenth Dark Sky Reserve ever named. This designation… Read More

Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Named International Dark Sky Community

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HORSESHOE BAY, Tex. (19 November 2015) – In recognition of its exemplary efforts to preserve its naturally dark nighttime conditions, the International Dark-Sky Association announced today that it has designated the City of Horseshoe Bay… Read More

UBarU Camp and Retreat Center Named Dark Sky Park

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TUCSON, AZ (2 November 2015) – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named the UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Texas an International Dark Sky Park. “The designation of UBarU is another great stride forward… Read More

South Korean Eco Park Named First Dark Sky Park in Asia

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TUCSON, AZ (30 October 2015) – The cultures that have occupied the Korean peninsula for thousands of years have a long history of astronomy and reverence for the night sky, but many Koreans have lost… Read More

3 Benefits of a Dark Sky Designation

Dark sky programming at Newport State Park (WI), an aspiring Dark Sky Park. Photo by Denny Moutray.

Our International Dark Sky Places program is rapidly expanding as more and more people learn of the benefits of a dark sky designation. Here’s a sampling of some of the positive impacts a designation can… Read More