WHY LIGHTS OUT?
Light pollution from cities reach National Parks, and impacts the health of our wildlife. Turning down your lights prevents the spread of light pollution.
Turning down our lights saves resources used to power our lives.
Turning down our lights saves money for cities, businesses, and families.
Diane first moved to the Black hills, and became a Ranger at Wind Cave National Park where she found her life's
mission of protecting dark skies. During her Park Ranger campfire program about Dark Skies, a young girl asked Diane, "What happens if we don't stop light pollution?" That's when she began her work starting the Lights Out movement in Rapid City
Diane established personal and professional roots in Rapid City. She continues to lead efforts to protect our Dark Skies. As Mrs. Corporate America Rapid City 2016, she brought national awareness to the Lights Out campaign. She won both the Audience Choice and Sales Idol award! At the pageant she won her dark sky inspired midnight blue dress. In the athletic wear competition she saluted the stars with her half moon yoga pose.
As a member of the International Dark Sky Association, Diane hosts the Rapid City Dark Earth Hour. She collaborates with residents, businesses, and city officials to reduce light pollution.
The Lights Out Mission:
To reduce light pollution from residential, business and city property.
Want to do more? Get involved! Find out who your legislators are and send them a letter!
The fastest and easiest way to make a difference is to turn off your outside lights at night.
Want to make it even easier? Get a timer.
They're just a few dollars at the hardware store and they'll turn the lights off for you.
Cap outdoor lights so they shine down to improve the quality of the night sky, preserve nocturnal life, and concentrate light toward sidewalks and streets.
Talk to your neighbors, the owners of your favorite businesses, your teachers and community leaders.
Get a $50 check just for turning out your lights!
Rapid City Dark Skies will award a $50 check every week for 50 weeks to one lucky person just for turning out their lights. Pay it forward, give it to a friend, buy some dark sky friendly lights, or cash it! It's totally up to you. To enter, post your before and after photo on Facebook with the caption #Lightsout.
Winners will be announced on the Lights Out Rapid City Facebook Page.
View the weekly winner gallery below.
Diane presented a fun and powerful TEDx talk about
"Why We need Darkness to Survive!"
Learn why light pollution matters, where it comes from, and what we can do to change it. The event was a tremendous success.
Watch the video presentation!
2nd Annual Dark Sky Hour
View the dark sky through telescopes provided. Meet nocturnal animals. Speak with National Park Rangers. Enjoy a movie, speaker and activities for all ages. Learn what you can do to protect our local dark skies.
Remember to turn off your lights before you come! To help support the event, adopt Luna the mascot below.
Our mascot, Luna, helps remind us about the impact our lights have on nocturnal life like owls.
To keep our ecosystems in balance, and protect these creatures, we must turn off or cap our lights. Adopt Luna and help support the Dark Skies project.
Protect nocturnal life. Adopt one of these adorable, Luna the owl mascots to support the cause.
Each Luna owl comes with a certificate of adoption showing your support for the Dark Skies Project.
The Dark Skies Project is currently funded by the generous support of a few private donors. Funding is essential to support our mission.
To support dark skies
Lighting reinvented to protect dark skies can illuminate the ground without brightening the sky.
BES Lighting in Rapid City is a proud supporter of Dark Skies and is now carrying dark sky friendly bulbs and full cut off light fixtures.