The "International Dark Sky Association Places Program" offers six type of designations. 

  1. International Dark Sky Communities - Communities are legally organized cities and towns that adopt quality outdoor lighting ordinances and undertake efforts to educate residents about the importance of dark skies.
  2. International Dark Sky Parks - Parks are publicly- or privately-owned spaces protected for natural conservation that implement good outdoor lighting and provide dark sky programs for visitors.
  3. International Dark Sky Reserves - Reserves consist of a dark “core” zone surrounded by a populated periphery where policy controls are enacted to protect the darkness of the core.
  4. International Dark Sky Sanctuaries - Sanctuaries are the most remote (and often darkest) places in the world whose conservation state is most fragile.
  5. Urban Night Sky Places - UNSPs are sites near or surrounded by large urban environs whose planning and design actively promote an authentic nighttime experience in the midst of significant artificial light at night, and that otherwise do not qualify for designation within any other International Dark Sky Places category.
  6. Dark Sky Friendly Developments of Distinction - Dark Sky Friendly Developments of Distinction recognize subdivisions, master planned communities, and unincorporated neighborhoods and townships whose planning actively promotes a more natural night sky but does not qualify them for the International Dark Sky Community designation.

The State of Missouri does not currently have any certifications or applications for the IDSP program. Our Missouri Chapter is willing to help any park or city apply for this program and achieve success.   

To learn more about the program, please contact us.