Named for Charles Newton Elliott (1906–2000), who served as the first Director of Georgia State Parks in 1937-1938, the Wildlife Center is optimally located in the state making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens and Macon. The center comprises a wooded setting with 22 ponds for fishing, plus a shooting range, hiking trails and hunting areas, with camping allowed on designated areas. The Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club meets at the Visitors’ Center once a month to observe the night sky from an on-site observing field. Their website (http://ceastronomy.org) regularly posts announcements on special events that may come up during the year. A friend of EarthSky who is familiar with the site shared the following: “Less than an hour drive to the east of Atlanta that allows for night-sky viewing to the north, east, and south with minimal light pollution.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.