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Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network

The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network is a funded partner of NASA’s Science Activation Program and supports STEM engagement efforts throughout the state of Idaho.

The program has forged a cornerstone partnership with the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, the only gold star-certified dark sky reserve in the US spanning an under-served rural region and thus an ideal venue for STEM engagement.

A map of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve
A map of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve

About the Program

The program combines several, mutually supporting strands:

The program director is Prof. Brian Jackson of Boise State Physics.


In 2023, the CIDSRSN team has completed...


Public Outreach Events and Counting


Mobile Planetarium Show Events


Stargazing Events





Boise State Undergrad Astronomers who provide public outreach and K-12 educational support.

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Mobile Planetarium

The Mobile Planetarium allows students to imagine, dream and fill their vision with the cosmos. AstroTAC can bring it to your classroom or library free of charge.

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First Friday Astronomy

Boise State Physics hosts an astronomy lecture and stargazing event on the first Friday of every month. This is donor supported and open to the public.

Check out this month’s First Friday Astronomy lecture