Dark Sky Festival Save the Date

Take a look below at what happened at our 2023 Dark Sky Festival.


Dark Sky Festival Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us to make the 2023 festival possible.


PAUL BOGARD: Is it the End of Night?

Paul Bogard was the keynote speaker for our 2023 festival. If you missed his presentation, you can watch it here.

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His most recent works include the edited anthology Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World, the coffee table book To Know a Starry Night, and the children’s book What if Night? Paul is an associate professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, where he teaches environmental literature and writing. 

Check out Paul’s website and buy his books HERE.

JOE BILL: How are Fountain Hills, NASA, & the Smithsonian Connected?

Joe Bill, the president of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center, shares about a new exhibit at the Smithsonian that includes Fountain Hills. He also gives a brief update about the Discovery Center. 


Thank you to Cindy Couture and Peggy Yeargain for organizing our 2023 Student Art Contest and to all the teachers who helped their students create great works of art.

This year’s theme was “Wildlife and the Night Sky.”

These were the winners by category:


3rd place  – Lianna Phillips
2nd place – Brenden Walters
1st place – Wesley Ostlund
Grades 1-3
3rd place – Nico Fletes
2nd place – Hayes Thyfault
1st place – Markus Batchelor
Grades 4-5
3rd place – Charleigh Tusha
2nd place – Violet Wilson
1st place – Lydia Batchelor
Grades 6-8
3rd place – Danial Beard
2nd place – Gia Ivie
1st place – Aaliyah Delgado
Grades 9-12
3rd place – Birdie Flowers
2nd place – Jordan Prieskorn
1st place – Cynthia Espinoza
Collage / Digital / Poster
3rd place – Charles Zemke
2nd place – Leann Lalo
1st place – Daniella Ernst