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An observer at the Texas Star Party aims his telescope at a target in the Milky Way. Sagittarius and Scorpius toward the galactic center are to the southeast here, as they rise late on a spring night.

Are you ready to make a difference? You’ve come to the right place! It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Volunteers are a tremendous resource at IDA and there are many ways you can volunteer with us in your local Texas community.

Spread IDA Texas’ message at a local event

Borrow the official IDA booth to loan or create your own display with public outreach materials available from IDA.

Speak or host an information booth on light pollution reduction and outdoor lighting challenges

  1. These resource materials at Outdoor Lighting Challenges will get you started.
  2. Use these presentation materials available on Dropbox to make your message clear.
  3. Topics for talks or information booth handouts:
  4. Presenting to a small group to practice is a great way to get comfortable speaking about the issue. Local Texas Master Naturalists chapters are often willing to perform this vital test run and provide helpful feedback and input.

Write letters to encourage better lighting.

One picture speaks a thousand words: but just one letter can be the tipping point for a public official to make a choice against light pollution, or sway your neighbors’ views on safe night lighting.

Opportunities to educate the public and businesses about better lighting can be as simple as a letter to the local newspaper editorial section. Just learning and not confident about exactly what to write? Find suggestions, solutions and resources on this website. Spend some time on the IDA website. Join IDA and our Texas IDA Yahoo Group for support.

Help IDA Texas

Help IDA Texas with our website, social media, support of new members, or talk with the leaders to offer your talents. Use the Contact form on this website to connect with a volunteer.