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Dark Skies Rangers

Dark Skies Rangers

Everyone is a citizen of the world. At some level we should all be its stewards with accountability toward preserving its environment. One component of that is the preservation of dark skies or the prevention of light pollution.

The preservation of dark skies is important for many reasons including astronomy, energy conservation, cost, wildlife and even human health. Through the Dark Skies Ranger Program, students learn about the importance of dark skies and experience activities that illustrate proper lighting, light pollution’s effects on wildlife and how to measure the darkness of your skies.

A highlight of the program is the citizen science project, Globe at Night, which enlists the help of students and adults to collect data on the night sky brightness in their community and contribute to a worldwide database on light pollution.