Brooke Hills Park
becomes West Virginia's first official "Dark Park"
In a continuing effort to support and encourage interest
in amateur and research astronomy, Brooke Hills Park
encourages individuals and organizations to join them in
"going dark". Using dark sky lighting protocols
as agreed upon by such organizations as
International Dark-Sky Association and the
Dark Sky Society , Brooke Hills Park, as an
enthusiastic member of both organizations, will actively
support educational and legislative efforts to eliminate
The Dark Sky Society defines light pollution as: "Glare,
Light Trespass, and 'up' lighting contributing to sky
glow, by unshielded, misplaced, excessive, or
unnecessary outdoor night lighting."
The International Dark-Sky Association expresses similar
intent in their mission statement , "To preserve and
protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of
dark skies through quality outdoor lighting."
Brooke Hills Park believes in advocacy through action,
and has already completed replacing golf course lighting
with light fixtures conforming to dark sky protocols.
Efforts are ongoing to replace all park lighting, and
encourage neighbors to support this effort by educating
themselves to the safety, economy, and aesthetic
advantages of dark sky lighting.
Please support and visit Brooke Hills Park and other
Dark Parks in your area.
Brooke Hills Park was the first home of
the Monarch Butterfly Festival, initiated by entrepreneur,
Tokas Ness, founder of "Butterflies from Heather",
established in 2000
Tokas Ness is also;
• Founder, West Virginia Monarch Day
Celebration (est. 2007)
• Champion, West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival
• Founder of West Virginia Monarch Butterfly Day (est.
Brooke Hills Park- will be hosting the West
Virginia Monarch Day Celebration
We invite you to join us in promoting
the ethic of service to solve problems and improve the
quality of life for individuals
and families in Brooke County.
Through volunteerism we are able to teach our youth
skills that shall be invaluable to them in school as
well as in the workplace.
Through volunteerism, we are able to capitalize on our
community's wonderful diversity of talents, skills, and
We welcome your ideas, suggestions, time, and energy!
to download the Volunteer Agreement Form
information about Volunteerism in West
Brooke Hills Park offers high school,
college, and graduate students wonderful opportunities
to study nature, enhance natural habitats, and develop
new business ideas.
We welcome the opportunity to work with our regional
school systems to further youth education, foster
entrepreneurism, and support economic development in our
The SMART-Center is the hands on science center in
the Northern panhandle of West Virginia.
to visit their web site.