NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Dark Sky education

In 2019, we ran a competition for NSW schools, which introduced the dark sky education unit.

We developed the Dark Sky Stage 3 education unit in collaboration with the Dubbo School of Distance Education.

Due to the success of the unit, Dubbo School of Distance Education has collaborated with Northern Beaches Secondary College Cromer Campus to provide a Dark Sky Stage 4 teaching program.

Education units now available

The Dark Sky education units are a face to face, one term, cross curriculum package now available for all Stage 3 and Stage 4 teachers.

During the unit students will:

  • learn of the impact of light pollution
  • understand the importance of maintaining the dark night sky, and
  • discover how to protect the night sky for the future.

The dark sky education unit is designed for delivery in a project-based learning format and is fully resourced and mapped to the NSW and Australian curriculum.

Access the Primary and Secondary education units

Please note: To access education units please use Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

All resources relating to the educational units include: videos, worksheets, posters, assessment rubrics and team documents.

Dark Sky for kids

We want the night sky to be enjoyed for years to come, that’s why we want kids to learn about light pollution.

Here's what you can do to get involved:

Watch our fun video Help protect NSW’s dark sky [2:38] to learn more about light pollution and how you can help protect the dark sky.

Page last updated: 01/03/2023