Three Years as a National Park Service VIP "Volunteer in Park" for Astronomy

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Type: General Meetings

Keywords: Astronomy Outreach Dark Sky

Held on: Mar 18, 2015 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Mar 18, 2015 (Wed) at 09:00 PM

Speaker: David Ingram

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A102, Seattle, Washington

Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel

As well as being some of the most scenic places in the world, many of  the US National Parks are also dark sky oases. Visitors are awed by starry vistas that are have become unfamiliar in our light polluted world. SAS member Dave Ingram spent much of his past summers with the astronomy program at Glacier National Park, and will talk about his experiences showing curious park visitors around the night sky.


Latitude 47.6529796, Longitude -122.3110046



At our March General Meeting, SAS VP of Education, Dave Ingram, gave us a fascinating look at what our Outreaches are all about: sharing the wonder of astronomy, through the coordinated efforts of helpful volunteers and grassroots organizations, like the SAS and the National Park Service Astronomy VIP Program. In addition, Dave emphasized the importance of controlling light pollution and discussed the efforts of organizations, such the International Dark Sky Association, in maintaining and preserving our planet's dark sky "oases."

Below are some links, mentioned in Dave's discussion:


The Beginnings of the Astronomy VIP Program – The Starlight Initiative

NPS Astronomy Volunteer-in-Park Program

Night Sky Parks
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park photos on flickr

The International Dark Sky Association

International Dark Sky Places Program


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