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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.

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Parks

Designate an International Dark Sky Park

IDA designates International Dark Sky Places following a rigorous application process requiring applicants to demonstrate robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program requirements. Learn more and start the process here.

Download the current International Dark Sky Park guidelines

2021 Submission Deadline Dates

22 February 2021 31 May 2021
30 August 2021 29 November 2021

Resources for applicants

How to conduct a night sky quality survey

For current International Dark Sky Parks

Writing International Dark Sky Park annual reports