The international centerpiece for inspiring future scientists and people of all ages to understand how important dark skies are for the well-being of humans, plants, and animals, and for opening a window to the observable universe.

The International Dark Sky Discovery Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation committed to a science-based focus on four main mission categories:

Mission Categories

EDUCATION

Provide STEM education experiences to students interested in the sciences.

RESEARCH

Offer the Dark Sky Observatory’s research capabilities to university students.

DARK SKY PRESERVATION

Emphasize issues related to climate change, human health, wildlife conservation, nocturnal pollinators, sustainability, and night sky observation.

TOURISM

Serve as an international attraction for visitors of all ages.

Support Statements

“As an engineer and former astronaut, I am excited to support the International Dark Sky Discovery Center’s mission to provide STEM education programs that will help inspire the next generation in the pursuit of space sciences and exploration”.

U.S. SENATOR MARK KELLY

“I am pleased to see that Fountain Hills may be expanding our Dark Sky community with the proposed International Dark Sky Discovery Center. This unique learning facility would be great for expanding STEM learning opportunities and would benefit all of Arizona.”

U.S. CONGRESSMAN DAVID SCHWEIKERT

“Arizona State University looks forward to developing a collaborative relationship with the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”

DR. MICHAEL CROW, PRESIDENT, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

“Arizona’s continued success and recognition as the fastest growing technology community in the U.S. can be traced back to our roots in space-related industries including astronomy and aerospace and defense. It’s critical that we continue to support development and innovation in this industry through local organizations like the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”

STEVEN ZYLSTRA, PRESIDENT & CEO, ARIZONA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

“Educating people about the wonders of the night sky and the importance of preserving dark skies is a goal we share with the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”

RUSKIN HARTLEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY ASSOCIATION

“The mission of public astronomy is inspiration, contemplation, and education.  We look forward to welcoming the International Dark Sky Discovery Center to this important public service.”

MARK PINE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY, LOS ANGELES

“The Fountain Hills Chamber supports the development of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.  We believe it will be a wonderful attraction for residents and visitors and a great benefit for local businesses.”

BETSY LaVOIE, PRESIDENT & CEO, FOUNTAIN HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills highlights Arizona’s leadership in innovation and commitment to protecting our unparalleled access to the night skies.”

U.S. SENATOR KYRSTEN SINEMA

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center is an exciting opportunity for students and amateur star-gazers alike. The Center will be another tremendous asset to keep our state at the forefront of STEM education” 

GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY, STATE OF ARIZONA

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be a unique regional asset, providing an incredible platform for STEM education and workforce development in Arizona.”  

CHRIS CAMACHO, PRESIDENT & CEO, GREATER PHOENIX ECONOMIC COUNCIL

“Dark sky tourism is a major draw for the State of Arizona, and we believe the International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be an extraordinary asset for our state.”

DEBBIE JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS, ARIZONA OFFICE OF TOURISM

“Dark skies are critical to Arizona’s multibillion-dollar astronomy industry, and we appreciate the efforts in Fountain Hills to maintain and promote dark skies in the Phoenix area and statewide.”

DR. JEFFREY HALL, DIRECTOR, LOWELL OBSERVATORY, FLAGSTAFF

“As the 17th International Dark Sky Community in the world, our Town is a perfect location for the International Dark Sky Discovery Center and we strongly support the collaborative effort.”

GINNY DICKEY, MAYOR, TOWN OF FOUNTAIN HILLS