Kickapoo Valley Dark Sky Park

Dark Sky Parks are locations known for outstanding views of the night sky.

Kickapoo Valley Dark Sky Park

Dark Sky Parks are locations known for outstanding views of the night sky.

Partnership for Dark Sky Designation:
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve, Wildcat Mountain State Park, and Mississippi Valley Conservancy are excited to announce they are working together to designate the 13,300 acres of KVR, Wildcat, and Tunnelville Cliffs as Wisconsin’s second International Dark Sky Park. The International Dark-Sky Association awards this distinction to “land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.” The application process requires a sky quality survey, lighting inventory and management plan, community partners, and education and outreach.

The public land along the Kickapoo River in Vernon County has been known for years for fantastic night sky viewing. We are excited to have them join the nearly 200 designated International Dark Sky Places around the world.

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve occasionally hosts stargazing workshops. Please consult the KVR calendar for upcoming events, or sign up for the monthly upcoming events email through kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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