Grasslands National Park is a grand prairie park located just above the Canada-Montana state border, about 204 miles (328 km) southwest of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s a protected place of national significance and inspires discovery of its unique ecosystems, including the amazing adaptations of plants, animals and people to its challenging environment. During the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada declared the park a dark sky preserve for its opportunities to spend the night beneath a canopy of brilliant stars. Please note that while camping is allowed, the park closes at dusk and does not permit overnight stays otherwise. For more details, visit online or call 877-345-2257.
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.