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International Dark-Sky Association – 2019 Ohio Chapter Meeting

October 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


With support of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and Stark Parks, we will be holding an IDA Ohio Chapter meeting at Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park XC on Saturday, October 19, from 12-4pm.

5712 12th St NW
Canton, Ohio 44708


12:00-12:30pm: IDA Ohio Chapter Meeting, led by TERRY MANN, President, IDA Ohio.

12:40-1:40 pm: “The Process of an Urban Dark Park application”

SAMANTHA CLYDE is an Education Programmer at the Stark County Park District in Canton, Ohio. Samantha is originally from Pennsylvania, where her love for astronomy and dark skies began. She graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography in December 2010. After completing her BA degree, she worked at Nature’s Classroom in Brinkhaven, Ohio for 2 years, providing outdoor education to students in a camp setting.

In 2013, Samantha returned to Pennsylvania to continue her education. She received a Master of Science in Environmental Education and a Master of Arts in Park and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University in 2014.

After completing her master’s program, she worked with the Department of Conservation (DCNR) at Pymatuning State Park until she began her employment with Stark Parks in 2016.

1:50-2:50pm: “Lights Out and the Artificial Landscape”

MATTHEW SHUMAR is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird conservation efforts.

The OBCI and its large network of conservation organizations has developed a Lights Out program to work within communities to address light and glass issues in urban areas. Regional Lights Out programs are now running in most of Ohio’s major cities and are supported by a wide variety of conservation organizations, businesses, and individuals.

In addition to his work with OBCI, Matthew is in charge of web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) and is the co-editor of The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.

3:00-4:00 pm: “Dark Sky Assessment and Different Levels of Certification”

BRYAN BOULANGER, Vice President IDA Ohio, is Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Ohio Northern University. Bryan is a past recipient of the US EPA’s Mission Award, a past US National Academy of Science Research Council Associate, and an International Dark Sky Association Delegate.

Bryan’s work focuses on developing tools and practices that decision makers can use to reduce the impact of artificial lightscapes on surrounding natural resources and human experience. His work has been used to support decision making and improve natural lightscapes in parks and communities across the US and Canada.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Terry Mann, President
Bryan Boulanger, Vice-President
Bryan Summer, Treasurer
Daniel Wade, Secretary
Monica Shultz, Director of Communications
Kate McFarland, Social Media


October 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


International Dark-Sky Association – Ohio Chapter


Exploration Gateway
5712 12th St NW
Canton, OH 44708 United States
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