Opportunity Details

Dark-sky Steward

Sponsoring Program: Barton Warnock Visitor Center

Big Bend Ranch State Park is now a Gold-tier Dark Sky Park recognized by the International Dark Sky Association. This designation means that the night sky over BBRSP has not been affected by light pollution and is dark enough to see astronomical features such as the Milky Way that can no longer be seen in many urban areas. 

In an effort to monitor the quality of the night sky at the park, we are looking for amateur and/or professional astronomers and astrophotographers to observe and document the sky from various locations in the park. 


Volunteers will adopt a location and take observations or images once or twice a year. Observations and images will be used to monitor sky quality and used in public programs to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of natural dark skies.

Camp fees and/or park entrance fees may be waived for volunteers who sign up and provide the park with observations and/or images. All data will be appropriately managed and credited if presented to the public. 

Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/barton_warnock/

Region: Big Bend Country

21800 FM 170

Terlingua, TX 79852

(432) 424-3327 x

This opportunity may take place throughout the park. Locations will be determined by the volunteer coordinator and volunteer.

Minimum Age: 18

Barton Warnock Visitor Center

Tim Gibbs

(432) 424-3327

volunteers must be singed up and approved before fees can be waived, if applicable.