Starry night skies are components of the special places the National Park Service protects. Our national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide opportunities for the public to experience this critical resource. Animals rely on natural cycles of light and dark for navigation, protection, mating and predation. Natural lightscapes are integral to many cultures. Light pollution disrupts these relationships. NPS helps preserve night viewsheds for future generations.
O Radiant Dark! O Starry Night!
Outside Science Inside Parks
Light pollution impacts sea turtles! Young volunteers at Gulf Island National Seashore help hatchlings make it to the sea.
Dark Sky Defender Leaves Legacy of Stars
The International Dark Sky Association recognizes National Park Service employee Nate Ament with Dark Sky Defender Award.