An IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary is public or private land that has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.
A sanctuary differs from a Dark Sky Park or Reserve in that it is typically situated in a very remote location with few (if any) nearby threats to the quality of its dark night skies and it does not otherwise meet the requirements for designation as a park or reserve. The typical geographic isolation of Dark Sky Sanctuaries significantly limits opportunities for public outreach, so a sanctuary designation is specifically designed to increase awareness of these fragile sites and promote their long-term conservation.
If you are interested in applying or learning more about how to become an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, click here:
Certified IDA International Dark Sky Sanctuaries
2019 Submission Deadline Dates
|28 January 2019||25 March 2019|
|27 May 2019||29 July 2019|
|30 September 2019||25 November 2019|
Download the current International Dark Sky Sanctuary guidelines
Resources for applicants
How to conduct a night sky quality survey