The night sky and nocturnal environment are naturally, culturally, and historically important resources that are worthy of conservation.
International Dark Sky Places certification is awarded to parks or cities that are dedicated to using light only when necessary to create an environment where people can feel safe in a public space at night. By using quality outdoor lighting and effective policies to reduce light pollution, we protect the nocturnal environment and provide a place that allows visitors to experience the night sky.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been hosting Star Parties for many years in partnership with the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. These popular programs benefit from minimizing light pollution. More programs describing the night sky are being developed for school groups this year.
Our team of volunteers will conduct a survey and inventory of lighting fixtures throughout the park. This will identify light fixtures that require replacement or modification. Volunteers will take light readings throughout the park at various times of the year to identify sources of ambient light pollution.
The goal is to achieve International Dark Sky Place certification.
Interested in volunteering?