Desengano State Park, Managed by Inea, Becomes the First International Dark Sky Park in Latin America

The night sky above Desengano State Park.

SANTA MARIA MADALENA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Desengano State Park (PED), administered by the State Environmental Institute (Inea), achieved an unprecedented title in Latin America: the nomination of the protected area as an International… Read more

Cape Lookout National Seashore Certified as an International Dark Sky Park along North Carolina’s Coastline

The Night Sky above Cape Lookout's Visitor Center.

HARKERS ISLAND, North Carolina, USA — The National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Cape Lookout National Seashore is certified as an International Dark Sky Park.  This certification recognizes the… Read more

Dark Skies Above West Penwith Officially Recognized with the Prestigious International Dark Sky Park Designation

Milky Way over Levant Mine, West Penwith.

WEST PENWITH, Cornwall, England — The beauty of West Penwith is now officially awarded with the prestigious International Dark Sky Park designation by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural… Read more

Top of the Pines Newly Designated as an International Dark Sky Park

Top of the Pines at night.

OURAY COUNTY, Colorado, USA – The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has named Top of the Pines (TOP) as the newest addition to the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program. As such, TOP becomes the 6th… Read more

Conserving Another Piece of Hill Country, Texas with Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Starry sky above LBJ NHP.

STONEWALL, Texas, USA – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce the certification of LBJ Ranch Unit of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park as an International Dark Sky Park… Read more

Milton Reimers Ranch Park Certified as a Dark Sky Park in Travis County, Texas

View of the night sky above Reimers Ranch.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas, USA – Travis County and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are proud to announce that Milton Reimers Ranch Park is designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Travis County Commissioners formally accepted… Read more

Mammoth Cave National Park Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

The Milky Way as viewed from inside Mammoth Cave National Park. PC: NPS

MAMMOTH CAVE, Kentucky, USA – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Mammoth Cave National Park as an International Dark-Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of night skies… Read more

West Virginia Celebrates Three New Dark Sky Parks

Watoga Dam under the Milky Way

  MARLINTON, West Virginia, USA — The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded Watoga State Park in West Virginia with the official Dark Sky Park status on October 18, 2021.  The adjacent Calvin Price State… Read more

Curecanti National Recreation Area Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

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GUNNISON, Colorado, USA – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Curecanti National Recreation Area as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of Curecanti’s night… Read more

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, in central Colorado, U.S., has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the thirteenth International Dark Sky Places designation in the state and the forty-first site… Read more