Tools & Resources

Welcome to the Cooperative’s Dark Sky Toolbox!

Below are five unique toolkits with resources tailored to meet your specific dark sky conservation needs and goals.

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Dive into the Night

Introductory Resources & Guides

Below is a selection of our favorite dark-sky introductory resources that lay a foundation for dark sky conservation best practices, benefits, and programs.


Planners and Decision Makers

The Planners & Decision Makers Toolkit offers a suite of resources to aid and educate planners and decision makers to better understand the implications of dark sky conservation and to plan for and implement effective policies

Keywords: Lighting Ordinance, Dark Sky Planning

Dark Sky Certifications

The Certification Toolkit includes tools and resources to aid communities, parks, and protected land areas in achieving an International Dark Sky Place Certification.

Keywords: IDA, Dark Sky Certification

Citizen Scientist

The Citizen Scientist Toolkit includes resources to empower members of the public to collect, analyze, and share natural nighttime data.

Keywords: Sky Brightness Measurements, SQM values

Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor Toolkit includes resources for better understanding what it means to be a good neighbor, how to take action around your own home and neighborhood, and an overview of good neighbor lighting policies and best practices.

Keywords: ALAN, Light Pollution, Lighting Best Practices, Light Trespass


The Astrotourism Toolkit includes resources regarding astronomy and dark-sky related tourism and recreation, including potential benefits and suggestions as to how and where to experience exceptional night skies.

Keywords: Astrotourism, Night Sky Experiences

Technical Resources

CPDSC Dark Sky Dashboard

A glance at dark sky preservation activity throughout the Colorado Plateau.
Currently under construction.

Helper, UT Lighting Inventory

What information is collected during a lighting inventory? Here is a prime example from Helper, Utah

The Night Skies of the U.S. NPS (Storymap)

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

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.

Additional Resource Links

Click the above link to access additional resources from partner organizations and other night sky conservation groups.