Texas Parks, Towns Embrace Dark Sky Movement

In recent years, Texas’ state parks have struggled with falling visitor numbers and budget cuts. These days, in their quest to lure people back, the parks are promoting opportunities for night-sky viewing, away from city lights.

“As Texas becomes more and more urbanized, people — literally — they can’t see the stars,” said Chris Holmes, the director of interpretive services for state parks at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Next summer, he said, the department will launch a program aimed at encouraging star-gazing in more parks across the state.

Star-gazing in Texas presents both opportunities and challenges, dark-skies advocates say ...

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