About the Cooperative

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative empowers landscape-scale dark-sky conservation efforts and leads the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and community partners throughout the Colorado Plateau and beyond.


The Colorado Plateau Region is known, managed, and promoted as one of the world’s premier locations for viewing the natural night sky.


The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative is a voluntary initiative to link local, state and federal agencies, tribes, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and local communities in a collaborative effort to:

  1. Celebrate the view of the cosmos.
  2. Minimize the impact of outdoor lighting.
  3. Protect natural nighttime skies.
  4. Restore natural darkness in areas where it has been degraded.
  5. Promote astronomy-based recreation and tourism.

The Dark Sky Cooperative encourages landscape-scale approaches to dark-sky conservation and recognizes that civic engagement is the foundation for a shared stewardship of our starry sky heritage.

We invite all who live, work, or play in this incredible region to become dedicated to the conservation of quality night skies by adopting policies, promoting and participating in actions, and conducting educational outreach in support of night sky viability and natural nocturnal environments for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 


  1. Coordination & Network Building: Coordinate efforts, communicate effectively, share resources and information, and provide mutual support to the larger network of dark sky advocates throughout Colorado Plateau region.
  2. Outreach & Education: Assist in the creation, promotion, facilitation, and improvement of the public’s understanding of the benefits and implications of night sky conservation.
  3. Tools, Guides, & Resources: Support, create, and share actionable tools, guides, and resources that support landscape scale approaches to dark sky conservation.
  4. Support & Technical Assistance: Provide direct support and technical assistance to build the knowledge and capacity of stakeholders relative to their own dark sky conservation goals and activities.
  5. Communications & Design: Enhance the effective communication of dark sky concepts through the creative use of media and graphic design including printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations.


The Dark Sky Cooperative does not have a legal boundary, but is instead a geographic region where stakeholders join to support a set of principles resulting in mutual benefits and the long-term conservation of our starry night heritage. 



Aubrey preparing to throw her bike into the Colorado River at Slick Rock Bike Trail near Moab.

May 2018 – Present

Aubrey is a native of Utah and many of her favorite childhood memories include camping under the stars in remote parts of the state. Aubrey holds a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a Masters in Bioregional Planning from Utah State University.

Random fact: Aubrey knits food with eyeballs
Favorite food: Manicotti (without eyeballs)

Mason demonstrating his ability to fly at Canyonlands National Park.

March 2021 – Present

Hailing from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mason developed a love for stargazing and a deep sense of care for rural community development. Mason hopes to help communities preserve pristine night skies for coming generations while becoming self-sustainable. 

Random fact: Mason writes with his right hand but brushes his teeth with his left hand
Favorite food: Avocado Toast


Learn more about our previous work and where the CPDSC is headed.