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You are an important force for protecting the night.


Here are some steps you can take to get started

  1. Assess the lighting around your home
    Poor lighting not only creates glare and light pollution but also wastes enormous amounts of energy and money. Take a few moments to inspect your property for inefficient, poorly installed, and unnecessary outdoor lighting. Learn how by visiting Dark Sky International's 
    Lighting Assessment page.  Indoor lighting can also create glare that impacts wildlife and your neighbors.  Pull your shades when your lights are on.

  2. Use Dark Sky Lighting around your home and business
    Look for the Dark Sky International's (DSI) 
    Fixture Seal Of Approval on any outdoor lighting you purchase. IDA maintains a searchable database of lighting products certified to minimize glare, light trespass, and skyglow. These products are recommended when replacing outdated or inappropriate lighting fixtures.

  3. Talk to family, friends, and neighbors
    You can be a powerful dark sky advocate for your neighborhood or your town. Solving the light pollution problem involves raising awareness of the issue so that people are empowered to make better decisions as consumers, voters and community members.  We have already had great success with neighbors taking action.


  4. Add dark sky lighting to your HOA Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs)
    IDA has developed dark sky language elements that can be readily incorporated into your community CC&Rs. You can find the document here.

  5. Spread the word online
    Engage your online community about the issues and explain why your support Methow Dark Skies.  Share our website and follow us on 

  6. Join our Mailing List
    Sign up for out mailing list. We'll let you know our event schedule so you can meet other members, help protect the night sky over the Methow Valley, and have some fun doing it.

  7. Attend a Milky Way Social Hour
    Join us for our "Milky Way Social Hour"events.  These informal social gatherings are a great way to meet and engage with fellow dark sky, astronomy, and astrophotography enthusiasts.  The events will be announced on our Events page and our Facebook page.

  8. Volunteer
    We are always looking for like-minded people to join our small team and expand our reach within the community. Here are some of the things we could use your help with:

    1. Join our steering committee and influence future directions, 

    2. Develop dark sky friendly business recognition program,

    3. Develop programs or activities in schools,

    4. Help organize events such as star parties, astro photography, night walks or star gazing

    5. Become an Dark Sky advocate,

    6. Work on dark sky additions to HOAs,

    7. Write letters to the editor or articles for our newsletter,

    8. Take light measurements,

    9. Distribute pamphlets,

    10. Help out with social media post: photos, text, videos,

    11. Inventory existing light issues and investigate solutions,

    12. Work with towns on addressing light issues,

    13. Staff tables at events such as farmers market, earth day etc.,

    14. Contribute local night sky photos to our media library,

    15. Any other creative ideas that match your skills and passions.

      Use our Contact form or talk to us at a Milky Way Social Hour.

  9. Send us your Methow astrophotography
    If you've got some great photos of Methow dark skies that you'd like to share, we'd love to add them to our Gallery.  Use our
    Contact page to get the conversation started and we'll arrange to get the photo and credits added to the Gallery.  Or you can post them on our Facebook page.

  10. Enjoy Methow Dark Skies
    We're preserving out dark skies for current and future generations so enjoy so please get out there.  Share your ideas and experiences on our Facebook page.  


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