The park, recognized as an International Dark Sky Park, houses an observatory, two telescopes and permanent astronomy-themed exhibits on its 418-hectare preserve in Monteville Township. The park and its features provide an exciting link to the history of astronomy in Ohio while creating resources for the future. Science professionals from numerous universities, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History collaborated with local astronomy organizations and school districts for Observatory Park’s programs and design. There are regular educational programs, as well as great viewing.
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.