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The International Dark-Sky Association and Utah Office of Tourism Celebrate Declaration of Dark Sky Month

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA — The International Dark-Sky Association and the Utah Office of Tourism celebrate Governor Spencer Cox’s declaration of April as Dark Sky Month. Astrotourism and dark sky messaging complement the tourism… Read more

New Program Launches to Save Migrating Birds in Colorado, USA

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DENVER, COLORADO, USA (April 20, 2021)—The National Audubon Society, the International Dark-sky Association, and Denver Audubon have teamed up to launch Lights Out Colorado, a new program that aims to help Coloradans save millions of birds as… Read more

Two Virginia State Parks Become World’s Newest International Dark Sky Parks

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IDA has awarded International Dark Sky Park status to Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County and Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County. Both parks are in the U.S. state of Virginia. The announcement… Read more

2021 U.K. Star Count Shows Light Pollution Reduction During Lockdown

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A nationwide Star Count conducted in February by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed a significant drop in light pollution levels across the United Kingdom. The results, which can be seen in… 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

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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

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