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.

Resources

DARK SKY PLANNING GUIDE

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

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

THE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PLACES PROGRAM

The official IDA rules, guidelines and certification requirements for all International Dark Sky Place applications. Below are links to descriptions of the five certification types:

  1. International Dark Sky Communities
  2. International Dark Sky Parks
  3. International Dark Sky Reserves
  4. International Dark Sky Sanctuaries
  5. Urban Night Sky Places

International Dark Sky Association

DARK SKY ASSESSMENT GUIDE

This worksheet guides users through several evaluation methods which could be used for a general assessment of dark sky friendly lighting in a community.

Utah Community Development Office

CERTIFICATION FLOWCHART

Not sure which certification type is best according to your needs and goals? Use this flowchart to determine which one is right for you.

International Dark Sky Association

THE WESTERN DARK SKY DASHBOARD

Do you live near an International Dark Sky Place? This interactive dashboard is maintained by the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative and Utah Community Development Office and features the locations of International Dark Sky Parks, Places, and Communities throughout Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

The Night Skies of the U.S. national park service

Learn about how the National Park Service actively protects and improves opportunities for star gazing.

National Park Service

Stewards of the Night (Storymap)

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

“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