Dive into the Night

Image by Bettymaya Foott

Are you new to the topic of dark skies? Well then it’s time to take the plunge!

The Dive into the Night Toolkit includes a selection of our favorite dark-sky introductory resources that lay a foundation for dark sky conservation best practices, benefits, and programs.

DARK SKIES | 9 MIN video BY RADIOWEST

Why are dark skies important? What do we stand to lose without the dark? Watch this short documentary to find out.

RadioWest

WHAT IS LIGHT POLLUTION? | 4 min VIDEO

John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) explains what light pollution is and why we should care.

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

Dark Sky Planning: guidance & best practices | GuidES

An introductory guide for local leaders about dark sky conservation benefits and planning best practices.

Utah Community Development Office in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

National Park Service NIGHT SKIES | WEBSites & programs

The night sky has inspired us for generations. Nighttime views and environments are among the critical park features the National Park Service (NPS) protects. Night sky protection enhances qualities of solitude and undeveloped wilderness character that animals depend on for survival, park visitors seek for connections, and many cultural-historical parks require for preservation.

National Park Service

Stewards of the Night | interactive

This Story Map provides a tour of our featured guest spotlights and includes summarized takeaways and links to additional resources.

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

THE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY ASSOCIATION | WEBSItes & programs

The International Dark-Sky Association works to protect the night skies for present and future generations.

International Dark Sky Association

“Appreciation for dark skies is entering the social consciousness. Light pollution is one of the only types of pollution that’s completely and immediately reversible. I don’t think we’ll realize the value of seeing the Milky Way, until it’s gone.”

Bettymaya Foott, IDA Director of Engagement