Bee Cave Designated a Dark Sky Community

Bee Cave Designated a Dark Sky Community
Posted on 04/20/2023
Moon over Bee Cave

The City of Bee Cave is proud to add “International Dark Community” to its list of distinctions. This designation has only been awarded to 6 other Texas cities and a total of 39 communities around the world. Awarded by the International Dark Sky Association, it recognizes communities that adopt lighting standards that mitigate light pollution and help wildlife, as well as enhance the quality of life for residents.

“Some of my most cherished memories are stargazing with my grandfather, and I want our kids in this community to get a chance to make those same memories,” says Bee Cave Mayor Kara King, a former science teacher at Bee Cave Middle School. “Being a dark sky community is a wonderful way to remind our residents that there is magic above us and we are lucky to live in an area that allows them to enjoy it in all its glory.”

By limiting unnecessary outdoor lighting and promoting the use of dark sky-friendly fixtures, Bee Cave has demonstrated its commitment to preserving its natural beauty and promoting sustainable practices.

"Bee Cave joins a growing list of Places certified in Dark Sky's International Dark Sky Places Program in Texas, with several concentrated in the Hill Country region of the state,” stated Amber Harrison, International Dark Sky Places Program Associate. “This addition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of dark-sky advocates throughout the state. The leadership of our advocates is remarkable, and it is an honor to get to recognize them through this certification.”

Throughout the years, Bee Cave put on multiple events to help educate the citizens about the importance of the night sky and becoming a Dark Sky Community. Through this process, the city garnered support from surrounding organizations, residents, and elected officials.

Bee Cave plans to continue to host events to educate residents, business owners, and visitors and will work with other International Dark Sky Communities to further our reach outside of Bee Cave. In addition to being a dark sky community, the City of Bee Cave is a Bee City USA Affiliate and a Platinum Scenic City.