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International Dark Sky Parks

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An IDA International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment. The land may be publicly owned, or privately owned provided that the landowner(s) consent to the right of permanent, ongoing public access to specific areas included in the IDA designation.

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2018 Submission Deadline Dates

29 January 2018 26 March 2018
28 May 2018 23 July 2018
24 September  2018 26 November 2018
28 January 2019

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 Park guidelines

NOTE: IDA published a major revision of the IDSP guidelines on 1 June 2018. New nominations initiated between 1 June and 1 December 2018 may, at the discretion of the initiator, follow either the existing (2015) or new (2018) guidelines version. All nominations initiated after 1 December 2018 MUST use the 2018 version.

2018 IDSP Guidelines
2015 IDSP Guidelines

Resources for applicants

How to conduct a night sky quality survey

For current International Dark Sky Parks

Writing International Dark Sky Park annual reports

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Parks