Dark Sky Conservation Conference

Presented by The Wilderness Center

November 14, 2020
10:30 – 3:00 EST


The Night Sky is Wilderness
Human health, wildlife, plants, and even our sense of wonder rely on dark skies. Learn about the Dark Sky movement and how you can make a difference in your home and neighborhood. The Wilderness Center is proud to bring together local and national experts to help spread the word about this important mission.

$20 per single-use log-in code


Conference Itinerary

10:45 am

Jeanne Gural, Executive Director | The Wilderness Center


11:00 am
The International Dark-Sky Association: What We Do and International Dark Sky Places Program Accreditation

Adam Dalton, International Dark Sky Places Program Manger | IDA (International Dark Sky Association)
Just what is light pollution? What kind of affect does it have on the surrounding environment, and what can we do about it? Adam will address these questions and give us information on the IDA’s Dark Sky Friendly Home Lighting Program and Dark Sky Places Program.

12:00 pm
Lunch Break


12:30 pm
Saving the Night Sky

Terry Mann, Ohio Chapter President | IDA
Terry will discuss current projects, issues and initiatives being tackled by the Ohio Chapter of the IDA.


1:00 pm


1:15 pm
Understanding Dark Sky Friendly Lighting Design and Applications

Pete Strasser, Technical Director | IDA
You’ll be ready to get started in your own backyard after Pete gets down to the nitty-gritty and shows us how to conduct a home outdoor lighting inventory! He will discuss the five principles of responsible outdoor lighting and share examples of dark sky friendly (and not-so-friendly) lighting options for your home.


2:00 pm


2:15 pm
Dark Matters: Why Nature Needs the Night Life

Carrie Elvey, Community Engagement Coordinator & Senior Naturalist | The Wilderness Center
It has been well documented that light pollution has detrimental effects on both plants and wildlife. Carrie will share the various ways in which migration, phenology, and behavior are impacted and examine several case studies on mitigating these effects.


2:45 pm
Dark Sky Conservation with The Wilderness Center

Robin Gill, Astronomy Education Specialist & Dark Sky Conservation Project Lead | The Wilderness Center
Robin will share information on TWC’s  exciting new Dark Sky Conservation project, and how we can work together to make a difference in our night sky.



Adam Dalton is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Master of City and Metropolitan Planning Program, where he specialized in ecological planning and interdisciplinary sustainability. While in Utah, he worked closely with the University’s Consortium for Dark Sky Studies to conduct comprehensive dark-sky lighting inventories for various municipalities. His main professional goal is facilitation of inclusive social justice through environmental justice. He has served as Dark Sky Places Program Manager for 2.5 years.


As IDA Technical Director, Pete Strasser oversees the IDA Fixture Seal of Approval program, which certifies compliant Lighting products as “dark sky friendly,” and educates the public and the lighting industry about smart lighting choices. Pete served on the illuminating Engineering Society of North American (IESNA) – IDA joint Model Lighting Ordinance task force, for which he received the IESNA President’s Award. Currently Pete serves on several IES committees as well as those in the international lighting organization, CIE. He has also worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to establish criteria for their EnergyStar programs relating to Outdoor Solid-State Lighting.

Terry Mann is the President of the International Dark Sky Association’s Ohio Chapter (IDA-Ohio). The Chapter works with Ohio state parks and individuals to address questions about light pollution. Terry is a night sky photographer. Her images have been seen in local newspapers, television, magazines, and websites such as Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, the Reflector, Spaceweather.com, and Space.com. She has exhibited in art galleries and museums. Terry was selected as a First Light Observer at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and had three of her images placed in the Explore the Universe gallery. Terry has held astronomy and photography workshops at Sally Ride Science Festivals, Alaska, Wyoming and locally. She is currently the Chair of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League.


Carrie Elvey has spent the past 25 years encouraging people to find the wonder and enjoyment that nature provides. She is particularly interested in dispelling the belief that nature is “somewhere else” and encouraging people to embrace nature in their own backyards. She has been at The Wilderness Center for 20 years.


Robin Gill is a lifelong amateur astronomer and a graduate of Mount Union. She is retired from a career in nuclear quality assurance. Along with her husband, she founded the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club and is a strong believer that the night sky is wilderness.  After many years of volunteer activity with TWC’s board and with the Astronomy Club, she joined TWC’s staff in 2017 as the Astronomy Education Specialist.  In this position she is responsible for operation of the Fred Silk Planetarium, and for developing and coordinating other astronomy educational activities. She is proud and excited to be leading TWC’s initiative promoting dark skies.


All registrants will receive an email with their individual Zoom login information the day prior to the conference. This code is for one log-in (i.e. viewed on one computer). If multiple codes are needed, please register each separately.


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