An IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary is public or private land that has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.
A sanctuary differs from a Dark Sky Park or Reserve in that it is typically situated in a very remote location with few (if any) nearby threats to the quality of its dark night skies and it does not otherwise meet the requirements for designation as a park or reserve. The typical geographic isolation of Dark Sky Sanctuaries significantly limits opportunities for public outreach, so a sanctuary designation is specifically designed to increase awareness of these fragile sites and promote their long-term conservation.
If you are interested in applying or learning more about how to become an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, click here:
Certified IDA International Dark Sky Sanctuaries
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|
Download the current International Dark Sky Sanctuary guidelines
NOTE: IDA published a major revision of the IDSS 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.
Resources for applicants
- Sample Lighting Management Plan
- Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Guidelines for Outdoor Lighting
How to conduct a night sky quality survey