A star in Michigan!

Emmet County is pleased to partner with the Dark Sky Coast Association in celebrating and supporting parks and recreation opportunities in the Northwest region of Emmet County. These efforts are particularly focused on continued education about and protection of the night sky and to the rich cultural heritage of this area.

As a new nonprofit organization, the DSCA was established in 2014 to serve as an avenue for people to donate toward this mission. As with all visions, the DSCA’s is large and multifaceted, and developing. Goals include a new future Heritage Center at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park housing the armed sloop the Welcome; enhanced programs; providing on-site interpreters at the Headlands; outreach to local schools for observatory use, other programs and opportunities to learn about astronomy and the stories in the night sky; plus other ideas being considered by the DSCA board.

Those serving on the DSCA board come from a variety of backgrounds, including other nonprofit board membership, local agencies, and philanthropists in Northern Michigan. Members of Emmet County staff consult with the DSCA on setting goals and discussing future park needs.

A note about the Welcome: The Welcome sloop came home to Emmet County, its place of origin, in October 2014, from the Traverse City-based Maritime Heritage Alliance. Discussions have taken place about this historic replica ship becoming a centerpiece in a Heritage Center at the Headlands.


The DSCA is a registered 501(c)(3) and accepts tax-deductible donations toward these exciting visions to preserve and interpret the culture, heritage and resources of NW Michigan and Emmet County!

Please consider donating to the DSCA at the following address:

Dark Sky Coast Association
P.O. Box 493
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

If you have questions, contact Mary Stewart Adams at (231) 838-8181 or email darksky@emmetcounty.org