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In a world increasingly impacted by human activity, preserving the natural beauty of our environment is more crucial than ever. At AstroTours.org, we're not just passionate about the stars; we're deeply committed to protecting the Earth beneath them. Our eco-friendly stargazing experiences are designed with a fundamental principle in mind: Leave No Trace. Here’s how we ensure that our love for astronomy goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship.


Eco-Friendly Stargazing

Embracing the Leave No Trace Philosophy


Respect for Nature

Each of our stargazing sessions is conducted with the utmost respect for the natural environment. We choose locations that minimize our impact on the surrounding area and ensure that we leave these spaces exactly as we found them - or even better.


Sustainable Practices

We believe in sustainable tourism. This means our operations are designed to have a minimal environmental footprint. From the transportation we use to get to our viewing sites to the way we manage our tours, every decision is made with sustainability in mind.


Mindful of Our Environmental Impact


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Minimizing Light and Noise Pollution

Our stargazing events are a celebration of the night sky, and we take care to minimize light and noise pollution. This not only enhances the viewing experience for our guests but also helps to maintain the natural nocturnal environment for local wildlife.


Waste Management: Composting and Recycling

We understand the importance of responsible waste management. At all our events, we provide composting and recycling facilities. We encourage our guests to minimize waste and make use of these facilities, ensuring that nothing we bring to our stargazing locations is left behind.


Education and Awareness


Educating Our Guests

A core part of our Eco-Friendly Stargazing mission is to educate our guests about the importance of eco-friendly practices. We share insights into how light pollution affects both astronomy and the environment and offer tips on how everyone can contribute to preserving dark skies and natural landscapes.


Advocacy for Dark Skies

Our commitment extends beyond our tours. We advocate for dark sky preservation through community engagement and education. By raising awareness about the importance of reducing light pollution, we aim to foster a community that values and protects our night skies.


Join Us for a Sustainable Stargazing Experience

At AstroTours.org, we invite you to experience the magic of the cosmos in a way that honors and preserves the natural world. Our commitment to Leave No Trace is integral to our mission, ensuring that our exploration of the stars does not come at the cost of our planet's wellbeing.

Book a tour with us and be part of an astronomical experience that's not only breathtaking but also environmentally conscious. Together, we can marvel at the wonders of the universe while safeguarding the beauty of our Earth.


Discover the night sky with us, where every star shines brighter in a cared-for world. Visit AstroTours.org to embark on an eco-friendly journey to the stars. 🌌🌍✨


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We believe that the beauty of the night sky should be accessible to everyone. However, one of the biggest challenges to this vision is light pollution. It's not just an astronomer's concern; it affects ecosystems, human health, and our connection to the natural world. In our commitment to eco-friendly stargazing, we actively combat light pollution and encourage others to join us in this vital cause.


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Red Lights for Night Vision

During our tours, every participant is equipped with red lights. Unlike white lights, red lights minimize the impact on night vision, allowing our eyes to remain adapted to the dark. This small yet significant measure ensures that our stargazers can enjoy the splendor of the night sky without contributing to light pollution.


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Activism in Action: Preserving Dark Skies

Our commitment goes beyond our tours. We actively participate in initiatives to preserve dark skies. A notable example was our involvement in a letter-writing campaign to prevent light pollution in Utah's national parks. Our concerted efforts helped maintain the pristine darkness of these natural wonders, crucial for both astronomical observation and the health of local wildlife.


Local Engagement: Making Boulder Dark Sky-Friendly

In Boulder, Colorado, our home base, we're taking concrete steps to reduce light pollution. We guide residents on how to report outdoor lighting violations and encourage the use of shielded, downward-facing light fixtures. You can anonymously report outdoor lighting violations in Boulder's zoning violations hub here: https://user.govoutreach.com/boulder/faq.php?cmd=shell under the “Code Enforcements” menu and "Zoning Code Violations" topic and let the city know if you would like to report an outdoor lighting complaint. It’s not like your neighbor will have their door kicked in by the light police but they might get a strongly worded letter from the city and possibly a fine if they don’t reduce their light pollution. To incentivize this, we offer discounts on our tours for those who upgrade their outdoor lighting to more night-sky-friendly options. we’re offering to split the cost of any lighting upgrades you and your neighbors do. If you upgrade any lighting fixtures send me a picture of the light (before and after photos that I can feature on social media are preferred but if you don’t want me to share your pictures just let me know), and a photo of the receipt. I will send a discount of half the price of the lighting fixture up to 42$ (full price of a tour!)

Light Pollution: A Global Concern

Light pollution is more than just a barrier to stargazing. It disrupts wildlife, wastes energy, and has been linked to adverse health effects in humans. To combat this, we advocate for simple yet effective solutions: using motion-sensor lights, opting for LEDs with a warm amber hue, and ensuring lights are on only when needed.

Practical Steps Everyone Can Take

  1. Shield Your Outdoor Lights: Ensure all outdoor lighting is directed downwards and adequately shielded.

  2. Motion Sensors and Timers: Use motion sensors and timers to keep lights off when they’re not needed.

  3. Community Action: Work with your neighbors to create a dark-sky-friendly community. It’s not just about reducing light; it’s about using it wisely.


Our Educational Efforts

Education is a powerful tool. Through our tours and community events, we educate the public about the impact of light pollution. By explaining the science behind it and demonstrating how everyone can make a difference, we're building a community of informed, environmentally conscious stargazers.


Join Us Under the Stars

Our fight against light pollution is ongoing, but every small step brings us closer to a sky full of stars for everyone to enjoy. By joining an AstroTours.org tour, not only will you experience the beauty of the night sky, but you'll also be part of a larger movement to protect our natural nightscapes.


Book a tour with us at AstroTours.org and be a part of this celestial journey. Together, we can rediscover the night sky in its full glory, one star at a time. 🌌🔭✨

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AstroTours.org is thrilled to illuminate your February evening with a celestial spectacle in the heart of Denver! Join us for a special edition of Civic Center STARGAZE on Wednesday, February 21, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This enchanting evening is part of the innovative H.E.A.R.T. of the City Tour series, a collaboration with the Civic Center Conservancy, designed to bring the community together under the mesmerizing night sky.


A Moonlit Journey Awaits

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Civic Center Park, this event invites stargazers of all ages to marvel at the moon's craters and the sparkling stars. With the full moon as our guide, AstroTours's trained astronomers will lead you through an educational and awe-inspiring exploration of the cosmos. Our high-powered telescopes will offer a glimpse into the universe's wonders, making distant celestial bodies appear within arm's reach.


More Than Just Stargazing

To complement your stargazing experience, local food trucks will be on-site, serving up warm beverages and delicious desserts. It's the perfect way to enjoy a cozy and captivating evening while indulging in some heavenly treats.


Reserve Your Spot Among the Stars

This event is entirely FREE, but please note that space is limited. To ensure your place in this cosmic journey, RSVP for one of the available sessions by Friday, February 16. Whether you're an avid astronomer or a curious newbie, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience.


Mark Your Calendars for More

Can't make it this February? Don't worry! Civic Center STARGAZE will return with more stargazing opportunities on March 20 and April 24. Keep an eye on our blog and social media for updates and additional information.


We strive to provide the most current and accurate event details, but please check the official event website at Civic Center Park for any changes or cancellations.

Join AstroTours.org for a night of lunar exploration and stargazing magic in Denver's Civic Center Park. It's an opportunity to connect with the cosmos and each other in a unique and memorable way. See you under the full moon!

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