Pettigrew State Park is located in North Carolina in Tyrrell and Washington counties. It covers 5,830 acres around circling the shore of Lake Phelps and the Scuppernong River. The 16,000 acre lake is popular with boaters on this arm of land that juts into Pamlico Sound. While the park is not open much past dark, it does allow camping for an overnight experience under the dark skies. An EarthSky member says, “It is a maximum night darkness area.”
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.