Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota and has a well-visited South Unit near Medora and a more isolated North Unit 50 miles north of I-94. A 14-mile (22.5-km) drive into the North Unit leads visitors through the badlands and past prairie dogs, bison and bighorn sheep. Overnight visitors can camp at Juniper Campground or in the backcountry with a permit. One EarthSky member shares their excitement over the national park’s dark skies: “Nothing around at all — great spot!!”
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.