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The World’s First IDA Dark Sky Nation

A daytime photo of Thunder Mountain Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation with blue skies and white cloud above and a rolling landscape of green.

By Tim Hunter, co-founder of IDA For nearly 15 years, IDA has recognized efforts around the world to preserve special dark sky places through its International Dark Sky Places Program. I personally consider this IDA’s… Read More

Alberta Town Named First International Dark Sky Community In Canada

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BON ACCORD, Alberta and TUCSON, AZ (12 August 2015) – In the shadow of Alberta’s capital city, the Town of Bon Accord has seen its role in the province change from a center of local agriculture… Read More

Chilean Astronomical Site Becomes World’s First International Dark Sky Sanctuary

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HONOLULU, Hawai’i (9 August 2015) – A sanctuary is a place that invites deep contemplation in a safe and stable environment. Few places in the world provide a better opportunity to enjoy and contemplate the… Read More

Elan Valley Estate, Wales, Becomes First Privately-Owned International Dark Sky Park

The Milky Way over Elan Valley Estate

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Elan Valley Estate in Powys, Wales has achieved International Dark Sky Park status and become the first privately owned, but publicly accessible park in the world to do so. The 45,000 acre… Read More

De Boschplaat Named First IDA International Dark Sky Park In Netherlands

Wetlands in Netherlands

The countries of Western Europe are among the most light polluted in the world. The Netherlands leads these countries with a relatively small size, a large population density and the tendency to light outdoor spaces… Read More

Tennessee State Park Designated Silver-Tier International Dark Sky Park

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First state park in Tennessee to obtain this national designation TUCSON, Ariz. & NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2 May 2015) – The International Dark Sky Association announced today that Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State… Read More

IDA Receives National Environmental Award

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The International Dark Sky Places Program is Recognized for its Innovative Efforts TUCSON, Ariz. (30 April 2015) –The International Dark-­Sky Association is honored to announce that it has received a 2015 National Environmental Excellence Award… Read More

World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’

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TUCSON, Ariz., and FREDONIA, Ariz. (22 April 2015) – Efforts to preserve dark night skies for the benefit of future generations often begin with small groups of committed individuals. For nearly fifteen years, the International… Read More

Capitol Reef National Park Gains International Dark Sky Park Status

Milky Way over Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park

TUCSON, Ariz., 16 April 2015 – Few places in the continental United States experience nights as dark as those on the Colorado Plateau, but not even the isolation of the Plateau’s wild lands make its… Read More

IDA Welcomes Weber County North Fork Park as the Newest International Dark Sky Park

A nighttime view from the summit of Ben Lomond Mountain above Utah's North Fork Park IDA International Dark Sky Park.

TUCSON, Ariz., 13 April 2015 – Utah is known as a place of contrasts, from the rustic landscapes of its National Parks and Monuments to the modern city environment of one of the fastest-growing urban… Read More