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Enter IDA’s ‘Capture the Dark’ Photography Contest

Capture the Dark Photography Contest

Photography plays a powerful role in the dark sky movement. A photograph of the naturally dark sky connects those who’ve never laid eyes on the naturally dark sky to a universe hidden behind the veil… Read more

Mesa Verde Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

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The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are pleased to announce Mesa Verde National Park has been accredited as the 100th International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional… Read more

New International Committee of the IDA Appointed

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In 2003, an American High School student named Jennifer Barlow founded a movement, wanting people to see the night sky in all of its glory, without excess light in the sky and as our ancestors saw… Read more

IDA has awarded International Dark Sky Park Designations to Fremont Indian and Goosenecks State Parks

Goosenecks Dark Skies

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded International Dark Sky Park designations to Fremont Indian and Goosenecks State Parks. Both parks have exceptionally dark skies in beautiful and unique settings. These parks bring the total dark sky… Read more

IDA Announces Pipe Spring National Monument as International Dark Sky Park

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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the National Park Service are pleased to announce Pipe Spring National Monument as an International Dark Sky Park. IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001… Read more

Welcome to the IDA’s new Directors and Officers!

IDA Board of Directors 2021

We hope that you will join us in welcoming these new additions to the International Dark-Sky Association Board of Directors!   Our New Board Officers: Diane Knutson, President | USA A pivotal moment occurred in… Read more

Quetico Provincial Park Awarded International Dark Sky Park Designation

Quetico Provincial Park

Ontario Parks is pleased to announce Quetico Provincial Park has been designated as an InternationalDark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). “We are very pleased with today’s announcement,” said Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director… Read more

Valles Caldera National Preserve Receives International Dark Sky Park Certification

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Jemez Springs, NM – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association announced today that Valles Caldera National Preserve has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality… Read more

Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Announces Three New International Dark Sky Park Designations for Jordanelle, Kodachrome Basin, and Rockport State Parks

Dark Sky over Rockport State Park photo by Shelby Stock

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded International Dark Sky Park status to Jordanelle, Kodachrome Basin, and Rockport State Parks. Utah has more dark sky state parks than any other state park system. These parks… Read more

Medicine Rocks State Park Designated as International Dark Sky Sanctuary

Medicine Rocks Dark Sky

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has officially designated Medicine Rocks State Park as a certified International Dark Sky Sanctuary. Medicine Rocks State Park and Glacier National Park are the only certified dark sky sites in… Read more