Technology has allowed us to alter our relationship with nature and improve the human condition. Artificial light is powerful example of this. However, as with any technology, artificial light can do harm as well as good. It is incumbent upon us to use it appropriately.

Careless lighting:

•   Separates us from experiencing the Universe in our daily lives,
•   Poses risks to human health and safety,
•  Alters the environment for other living things, great and small,
•  Creates carbon emissions, contributing to climate change, and
•  Wastes private and public money.

Our mission is to educate others on the adverse consequences of unnecessary lighting, the advantages of proper outdoor lighting, and to preserve dark sky environments in the Natural State for their ecological and esthetic value.

Steering Committee 2017

Jeremy Chamberlain, PhD

Ecology, Endocrinology, and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)

Darrell Heath

Biologist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, CAAS Outreach Chair and NASA Solar System Ambassador (Little Rock)

Craig Hull

Development (CCIM), Planning (AICP) and Environmental Consultant (Rogers)

James Bruce McMath

Lawyer, McMath Woods PA, member national IDA Grassroots Empowerment Committee (Little Rock)

Ned Skoog

Industrial Engineer with experience in developing lighting plans (Hot Springs)

Bruce Thomasson

Retired Public Health Administrator Webmaster (Maumelle)

Advisory Committee 2017

Scott Roberts

President, Explore Scientific

Haley Robson

NCQLP Certified Lighting Consultant, TME Consultants

Doug Wilson

Graduate Institute of Technology, UALR

Community Volunteers 2017

Rick Floyd


Darrell Heath

Little Rock

Houston Hughes


Craig Hull

Fayetteville & Rogers

James Bruce McMath

Little Rock

Ned Skoog

Hot Springs

Bruce Thomasson


How You Can Help

No matter your situation this is a problem you can make a contribution toward solving. Here is a list of suggested action items.

1. Show public support for natural state skies by joining our Facebook page: Arkansas Natural Sky Association. Less than a minute to do and makes an ongoing invaluable contribution.

2. Review your own lighting practices. This will be a physical contribution and save you money.

3. Explore this website and the International Dark Sky Association website to educate yourself further.

4. Join the International Dark Sky Association. Yes, this involves a bit of money but it is an essential universal lubricant for all progress.

5. Join https://darkskyar.groups.io/g/main where you can learn more about how to participate in public education and policy-making essential to achieving our mutual goals. Hey, maybe you don’t think you’re into all that right now but join anyway. One, you may be surprised and two, it will encourage others. While IDA membership is not required, a national advocacy group makes us stronger.

6. Whatever you do, invite and share with others. Share posts on Facebook and invite people to join it and the group.