Worthy Garden Club partners with the International Dark-Sky Association: Oregon Chapter to educate the public about light pollution. IDA: Oregon acts as a statewide base for IDA, joining a network of more than 50 chapters on five continents to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. 

Light pollution has been linked to the disruption of natural wildlife cycles and an increase in diabetes, obesity, depression, sleep disorders, and certain cancers in humans. It is a waste of energy, resources, and money and limits our ability to view the wonders of the night sky. ​ Imagine a future in which a dark sky full of stars is only a story from the past, not an experience of the present. Our Hopservatory manager, Grant, is working closely with IDA: Oregon to collect data on several LIGHT METERS placed around Central Oregon, including one here at Worthy. We want to deliver the best viewing possible at the Hopservatory while preserving our dark skies for future generations.

We're committed to reducing our lighting footprint and we invite you to join.



Turn off lights when not in use.

Use timers, dimmers and motion sensors when possible.

Use fully shielded and hooded lighting fixtures.

Use energy-efficient lightbulbs and fixtures.

Choose no more than 3000 Kelvin bulbs, amber in color.