Photo by Chris van Kan
Los Angeles light pollution where night is day.
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recognizes and promotes excellent stewardship of the night sky through its International Dark Sky Places. There are five categories for designation within the IDSP Program: International Dark Sky Parks, Communities, Reserves,
Sanctuaries, and Urban Night Sky Places. A designated Urban Night Sky Place can be a municipal park, open space, observing site, or other similar property near or surrounded by large urban environs whose planning and design actively promote an authentic nighttime experience in the midst of significant artificial light. By virtue of their characteristics, these sites do not qualify for designation within any other International Dark Sky Places category but are worthy of recognition for their efforts to educate the public on the benefits of proper outdoor lighting that ensures public safety while minimizing potential harm to the natural nighttime environment.
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 darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/become-a-dark-sky-place.