IDA Missouri has a number of programs to combat the increase in light pollution.
PROGRAM: IDA Home Certification
Is your home nature, neighbor, and night sky friendly? You can find out in five easy steps. Then, follow our user-guide to certify your home and download a free dark sky friendly home certificate!
PROGRAM: MISSOURI DARKEST SKIES
Would you like to know where to find dark skies in Missouri? Missouri still has over 50 parks and locations where the Milky Way can be visible on a moonless night. We have put together maps, tables and more to help you find the darkest skies in Missouri.
PROGRAM: MISSOURI DARK SKY PHOTOS
Who doesn't love photos of the Milky Way? Smartphones and every increasingly sophisticated camera equipment allows more and more people to take terrific photos of the night sky. We are sharing photos of the Missouri night sky taken by amateur and professional photographers. View photos submitted by others and send us photos of your own.
PROGRAM: INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY PLACES
Help us protect our Missouri heritage by getting parks and cities in Missouri certified under the "International Dark Sky Places" program.
PROGRAM: MISSOURI SKY BRIGHTNESS MEASUREMENT
Our Chapter is partnering with Truman State University in Kirksville, MO to offer two exciting programs that provide public institutions such as parks, recreational areas, educational institutions and municipalities with "Sky Quality Meters" ("SQM") to measure sky brightness at their location. Loaner SQMs are available for 30-day or one-year periods. Data collected by these SQMs will be used in scientific analysis and to develop programs to reduce light pollution. Funding for the purchase of the SQM's is provided by the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium.
PROGRAM: CITIZEN SCIENCE
Light pollution can impact our view of the stars at night, nature, energy costs, human health and more. Citizen science can be a fun way to learn about light pollution while also making a contribution to science. Enjoy these fun projects which range from easy to more difficult. There is something for everyone!.
PROGRAM: SILENT SKIES/LIGHTS OUT - ST. LOUIS
Our Chapter is partnering with the St. Louis Art Chambers of Commerce, St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Audubon Society to host a "Light Out St. Louis" program in Spring 2020. The "Lights Out St. Louis" Program will encourage businesses and the general public to turn off (or at least reduce) their lights to reduce deaths of birds during spring migration.
PROGRAM: WEBINARS AND MEETINGS
Our chapter delivers talks throughout Missouri and is even working on a workshop in the 2nd half of 2020. Checkout our calendar for upcoming events. If you want to host an event of your own, please submit a request.