Banded Peak School Dark Sky Festival

I spent the afternoon of Thursday May 31 at the Dark Sky Festival held at the Banded Peak School in Bragg Creek.

I honestly wish that you could have all been there to take it all in and that I was able to capture the students giving out the information to put out for everyone to see.

The Grade 5 and 6 students took a broad concept of light pollution, studied it for facts and understanding that in the end led them to be able to express the issues in a variety of ways.

From poetry and song, interactive displays, computer based test of knowledge, artwork, imagery, video presentations, an astrodome and dance, the means and ways that these young adults expressed themselves and the information was spectacular.

The topics ranged from a historical view of light pollution through to impacts on the natural world, human health and safety and resolution to the pollution problems.


The faculty of the school explained that they gave the students full control on the Dark Sky Festival on every level. What was presented, how it was going to be presented, layout of timelines and even the design of the space being used was all under the control of the students.

As a result, they hit it out of the park!

I am so very impressed and proud of these young people and their ability to understand the issues, research the problems, find resolutions. They were able to explain all of it to anyone at any age level.

There is a real power behind what I saw and experienced. These future voters and decision makers showed me that they want a better world for not just them, but for future generations and understand that the world we live in is borrowed from the future.

The magnitude of this event left me humbled, amazed and so very positive of our future with these young adults being the leaders of tomorrow.

These are the citizens I want for our future; rational, intelligent, forward thinking, free thinking, responsible and honest.

Thank you to everyone (Faculty and Students) at the Banded Peak School for letting me attend and witness your Dark Sky Festival!

You all deserve an A+ for your Dark Sky Festival!

I took some pictures at the event and the ones I can share I have posted in the Image Gallery.