A Dark Sky Park is a very select designation given by the International Dark-Sky Association, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving our heritage of dark skies. At the time of designation in 2017, Newport was the first park in Wisconsin and only the 49th in the world to receive this honor. An IDA International Dark Sky Park is a 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.
Tips for Your Dark Sky Visit
- Visit the park before dark to allow time to get acquainted with surroundings and set up equipment. Seating is extremely limited; we recommend bringing your own chair or blanket. Check out the informational kiosk at Lot 3.
- Keep headlights on low beam when arriving and exiting parking areas.
- We encourage the use of red-filtered flashlights or headlamps. Red light does not disturb night vision or night photography conditions. All types of screens and lights, including mobile phones, should be shielded, red and dim. There are red screen filter apps just for this purpose. Use red lens covers, cellophane (or a red balloon) to cover flashlights. Keep lights pointed downward.
- No flash photography please.
- Be respectful of others so all may enjoy the nature of a dark sky wilderness experience.
- View or download our Dark Sky brochure.