Voyageurs National Park is one of the best places in America to see a breathtaking array of stars, planets, and galaxies at night.
Come hear a brief presentation about the current process to seek Dark Sky Park certification at Voyageurs National Park. The presentation will include information about the certification process and effective outdoor lighting principles that preserve the night for people and wildlife.
International Dark Sky Park certification promotes public education and astronomy based recreation in parks while improving energy efficiency and reduced operational costs through outdoor lighting upgrades. Certification also helps create economic opportunities for neighboring communities through astronomy-based tourism.
The certification does not carry any legal or regulatory authority. The certification demonstrates a commitment by parks to improve night skies through the use of more energy efficient, sustainable lighting. Certification also reaffirms our commitment to educate the public and gateway communities about the importance of park-friendly, outdoor lighting and opportunities to work together toward common goals.