FLORISSANT, Colo. — The Florissant Fossil Beds Nationwide Monument has been named an Worldwide Darkish Sky Park, which acknowledges the standard of the park’s night time skies and academic alternatives and experiences for guests.
The Nationwide Park Service and the International Dark Sky Association licensed the park as such in early June.
Therese Johnson, park superintendent, mentioned they’re joyful to supply alternatives for the general public to expertise the darkish skies from the park.
“The monument is uniquely positioned,” she mentioned. “It’s inside an affordable driving distance of a giant city space, but far sufficient away and tucked behind some mountains that block city gentle air pollution.”
A number of companies supported this certification, together with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSAS). Bruce Bookout with CSAS mentioned the group is proud to assist Star Occasion occasions with Nationwide Park Service workforce employees.
The Florissant Fossil Beds is one in every of greater than 100 places which have a darkish sky certification.
The Worldwide Darkish Sky Locations Program was based in 2001 to encourage parks and guarded areas to protect darkish websites with accountable lighting polices and public schooling.
You can too go to these different Colorado spots which are on the Worldwide Darkish-Sky Affiliation’s checklist of Darkish Sky Parks:
- The Nice Sand Dunes Nationwide Park and Protect
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nationwide Park
- Mesa Verde Nationwide Park
For a full checklist of Darkish Sky communities, parks, reserves and sanctuaries, click here.