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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

Fry Family Park is Certified as Ohio’s First Urban Night Sky Place

View of the Milky Way above Fry Family Park. PC: Terry Mann

                                              MAGNOLIA, Ohio, USA — Stark County Park’s Fry Family Park has been… Read more

Stacy Park Awarded as the World’s Newest Urban Night Sky Place

Night sky above Stacy Park.

OLIVETTE, MO, USA — On October 3, 2021, Stacy Park, located in the City of Olivette, received certification as an Urban Night Sky Place by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).  “We are pleased to announce… Read more

September Monthly Star: Q&A with Advocate Diane Turnshek from Pittsburgh, USA

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Each month the International Dark-Sky Association features an IDA Advocate from the worldwide network of volunteers who are working to protect the night in a feature called ‘Monthly Star.’ This month we’re highlighting the work… Read more

Palos Preserves Named the World’s Largest Urban Night Sky Place

Image depicting the Urban Night Sky Place at night overlooking Maple Lake.

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA — The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Palos Preserves, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, is now designated as the largest Urban Night Sky Place in the world by the International Dark-Sky… Read more

Black Gap Wildlife Management Area Designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary

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BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas, USA – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is proud to announce that Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (BGWMA) has been designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International… 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

Michigan, USA Declares July 2021 “Dark Sky Awareness Month”

Dark Sky Awareness Month Michigan

Lansing, Michigan, USA – Last month, the Michigan State Senate adopted a resolution formally recognizing July 2021 as Dark Sky Awareness Month in the state. This accomplishment is the result of a six-month-long effort championed… Read more

Colorado, USA Declares June Dark Sky Month

The Milky Way over San Juans Mountains in Colorado to celebrate Dark Sky Month

Denver, Colorado, USA – Jared Polis, the Governor of Colorado, USA, has signed a proclamation declaring the month of June 2021 as “Dark Sky Month .” This success results from this year’s effort, led by… 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