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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.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about how to become a Dark Sky Park click here.

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Parks

2016 Submission Deadline Dates

23 November 2015 25 January 2016
28 March 2016 30 May 2016
25 July 2016 26 September 2016
28 November 2016

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Download the current Dark Sky Park guidelines:

Chinese translation courtesy of IDA Beijing / Starry Sky Project of China

Download the RASC-IDA Guidelines for Outdoor Lighting (GOL) in Dark Sky Parks

Helpful hints

Guidance on how to conduct a night sky quality survey

For current International Dark Sky Parks

Writing Dark Sky Park Annual Reports