Online Groups

Volunteers and Parks:
Many parks work with local amateur astronomy clubs to assist park rangers with telescope observing programs.
Some parks use the national program known as NPS AstroVIPs, who are highly trained and experienced astronomy volunteers to develop park observing programs along with Sky Rangers.
These groups communicate online through Google Work Groups:
AstroVIPs members only, email to join.
Arizona Night Sky Parks  members only, email to join.
Washington Night Sky Parks members only, email to join.

Facebook sites:

National Park Foundation (non-profit friends of the NPS organization)

If you are an amateur astronomer and would like to volunteer at a park night sky event you can email us for more information.
If you have an online astronomy forum that you would like to recommend and have us link it here please email us the link.

Here are some interesting links to visit:
For Kids, WebRangers: The Case of the Dissapearing Dark Sky
Olympic National Park Hurricane Ridge Viewing Program website, click here, by John Goar
Nightscape images in National Parks by Wally Pacholka, by Tyler Nordgren, by Royce Bair, by Thad VSoske
Astrophotography by Bill Nigg
AstroVerde Club images, by JD Maddy
Dark Skies Awareness Group, international efforts to fight light pollution
Inwood Astronomy Project, NYC by Jason Kendall
NASA Night Sky Network national events calendar for amateur astronomy clubs. Check out their the Night Sky Network App!
OCEANA VOX a music connecting to space science page by Linda Khandro
Punk Astronomy a blog page by Doug Reilly
Redlands Sky Views connecting parks to the night skies, a page by Professor Tyler Nordgren
Tacoma Astronomical Society - lots of public events and outreach


For Sky Rangers and AstroVIPs only, you can request online access to join the NPS VIP Network, and join the Astronomy In the Parks group.

This site is maintained by dedicated volunteers who work in conjunction with the NPS Night Sky Program office.