THE MORONGO BASIN IS NOW HOME TO AN INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK
In July 2017 Joshua Tree National Park achieved their long-time goal of Dark Sky Park status bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). This significant achievement is the result of several years of work by Park staff, providing data and receiving IDA representatives for review. Read the IDA’s announcement and note that there will be a local celebration on August 12 – details will be forthcoming and announced on our Community Events page.
The Los Angeles Times article announcing the Park's new status mentions local night sky activists Tom O'Key, Luke Sabala, and Caryn Davidson.
MBCA’s DARK SKY EFFORTS IN THE MORONGO BASIN
Between 2010 and 2013, MBCA Directors Claudia Sall and Laraine Turk worked with the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance on night sky issues. You can view the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance PowerPoint Presentation describing the evolution and successes of that group.
In April 2016 a new San Bernardino County Dark Skies Committee was initiated by Supervisor James Ramos. The group has been working with the County to improve the lighting code and its enforcement, as well as to develop some educational programs.
Locally, there are several groups that interpret the night skies for residents and visitors: