"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." - unknown
If you are concerned about protecting our Oregon skies from light pollution or just wanting to address lighting issues in your community, there are number of ways to get involved.
Join our IDA Oregon Chapter
IDA Oregon is an important part of the bigger picture that is the International Dark-Sky Association. Losing the quality of the night sky isn't just an Oregon issue... it's a global issue. Your membership is necessary to expand outreach and advocate for dark skies. To join IDA Oregon, please go to the IDA Member page. As an IDA member, you will automatically be included as a member in IDA Oregon Chapter.
IDA Oregon is 100% volunteer-driven. We value the dark sky and are concerned enough to do something about it. Maybe you would like to volunteer to help in our quest to protect Oregon's dark skies? Some volunteer opportunities could include participation on one of these committees:
Business operations and maintenance
Social media communications
International Dark-Sky Places
Lighting codes/policies; sky quality monitoring
Good Light Neighbor program
Dark sky education outreach
Public speaking/public outreach events
Please contact us if you are interested in participating or have any questions.
We are a subsidiary of IDA and make use of IDA-generated materials in our outreach. However, as a subsidiary we are responsible for our own financing. We don't have many expenses, but we still require funds for administrative expenses, copying, making banners, gathering data, etc. We are a non-profit with 501(c)3 status. Your donations are tax-deductible. Anything helps... and thank you in advance.
Become a Community and Citizen Scientist by...
1) Participating in the free dark sky measurement Globe at Night program.
2) Downloading the free Loss of the Night app on your smartphone. and taking sky quality readings that are used in mapping and trend analyses.
3) Contributing the most accurate, quantitative night sky quality data by buying and applying a Unihedron Sky Quality Meter (SQM).