The Goliad State Park complex is located on the San Antonio River, 90 miles (145 km) southeast of San Antonio. This historic site was once frequented by Native Americans, Spanish explorers, missionaries, Texian soldiers and early settlers, and contains a restoration of the Spanish Colonial Era Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga. Now a place for hiking, camping, picnicking, nature studies and historical study, as well as stargazing: “The historical war walls give you a wide open space to view clear skies and see all the stars.” says an EarthSky reader.
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.