The Western Night Skies Council (WNSC) values the preservation of the last remaining large ‘pools’ of natural darkness in the Lower 48 states and presents a platform for sharing resources and information, increasing dialogue, and providing mutual support for the diverse groups of night sky conservation advocates throughout the Western United States.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COUNCIL CONTACT:
Aubrey Larsen, CPDSC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Powell, GNAR Initiative Lead at email@example.com
About the Council
61 International Dark Sky Parks & Places
40 + Council members
20 International Dark Sky Communities
11 Western States
2 Dark Sky Cooperatives
1 Big starry sky
The Western Night Skies Council is composed of 40+ individuals representing state and federal agencies, community leaders, tribal nations, educational institutions, non-profits, and local businesses throughout the West. The council meets virtually on a quarterly basis and hosts webinars throughout the year.
WNSC Webinar Library
Check out a library of recorded webinars!
Hosted by the GNAR Initiative
The Council’s Favorite Dark-Sky Resources
Find links to the Western Night Skies Council’s favorite dark sky resources.
Western Night Skies Council
WNSC Seminar Series
Council-sponsored webinars are open to all interested participants and provide opportunities for knowledge and skill-sharing, interactive Q&A’s, network building, showcasing dark-sky advocacy work, and fostering connection, communication, and collaboration.
Dark Skies Over Public Lands
September 28, 2021 at 2:00pm MT
Where do you go to enjoy a starry night sky? For many of us the answer to this question is our public lands. Out West we are fortunate to have access to a vast number of National and State Parks, BLM lands, and National Forests to explore by day and by night. Public land managers play a key role in preserving and protecting the natural and cultural features that so many of us cherish — especially dark skies. On September 28th join a panel of public land managers as they explore the unique challenges and opportunities their organizations face when it comes to protecting dark skies over public lands.
- Dark-Sky Toolbox: Dark-sky tools and resources curated by the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative.
- GNAR Toolkit: More resources for gateway and natural amenity region communities.
- Increased communication and collaboration between dark-sky advocates
- Sharing of best practices, tools, resources, information, and skills
- Clarification as to who is doing what where
- Amplification of night sky advocate voices
- Decreased stigmatization of the dark skies movement
- Entities working together that would not normally do so
- Opportunities to connect students and young professionals with projects, internships, and career opportunities
About The Dark Sky Cooperatives & GNAR
The Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range Dark Sky Cooperatives support and promote landscape-scale night sky conservation efforts throughout two of the darkest remaining regions in the Western U.S. and the GNAR (Gateway, Natural Amenity, Recreation) Initiative aims to leverage research, education, and capacity building to assist communities, land managers, and others in gateway and natural amenity regions throughout the West in preparing for and responding to planning, development, natural resource management, and public policy challenges.