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Bring on the Night, Says New UVM National Park Study

Two people huddled together looking out over Eagle Lake at Acadia National Park under a starry night sky.

Natural wonders like tumbling waterfalls, jutting rock faces and banks of wildflowers have long drawn visitors to America’s national parks and inspired efforts to protect their beauty. According to a UVM-led study published Sept. 4… Read More

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Receives International Dark Sky Park Designation

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MONTROSE, Colo., and TUCSON, Ariz. (8 September 2015) – The International Dark-Sky Association and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are proud to announce the official selection of Black Canyon as an International Dark… Read More

Canyonlands National Park Named International Dark Sky Park

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CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah, and TUCSON, Ariz. (31 August 2015) – The International Dark-Sky Association has granted Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status to Canyonlands National Park, an honor reserved for the darkest of dark… Read More

The World’s First IDA Dark Sky Nation

A daytime photo of Thunder Mountain Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation with blue skies and white cloud above and a rolling landscape of green.

By Tim Hunter, co-founder of IDA For nearly 15 years, IDA has recognized efforts around the world to preserve special dark sky places through its International Dark Sky Places Program. I personally consider this IDA’s… Read More

Alberta Town Named First International Dark Sky Community In Canada

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BON ACCORD, Alberta and TUCSON, AZ (12 August 2015) – In the shadow of Alberta’s capital city, the Town of Bon Accord has seen its role in the province change from a center of local agriculture… Read More

Chilean Astronomical Site Becomes World’s First International Dark Sky Sanctuary

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HONOLULU, Hawai’i (9 August 2015) – A sanctuary is a place that invites deep contemplation in a safe and stable environment. Few places in the world provide a better opportunity to enjoy and contemplate the… Read More

Elan Valley Estate, Wales, Becomes First Privately-Owned International Dark Sky Park

The Milky Way over Elan Valley Estate

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Elan Valley Estate in Powys, Wales has achieved International Dark Sky Park status and become the first privately owned, but publicly accessible park in the world to do so. The 45,000 acre… Read More

De Boschplaat Named First IDA International Dark Sky Park In Netherlands

Wetlands in Netherlands

The countries of Western Europe are among the most light polluted in the world. The Netherlands leads these countries with a relatively small size, a large population density and the tendency to light outdoor spaces… Read More

Tennessee State Park Designated Silver-Tier International Dark Sky Park

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First state park in Tennessee to obtain this national designation TUCSON, Ariz. & NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2 May 2015) – The International Dark Sky Association announced today that Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State… Read More

IDA Receives National Environmental Award

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The International Dark Sky Places Program is Recognized for its Innovative Efforts TUCSON, Ariz. (30 April 2015) –The International Dark-­Sky Association is honored to announce that it has received a 2015 National Environmental Excellence Award… Read More