Friends of Creamer's Field is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID# 92-0137107) dedicated to providing educational opportunities and family programs at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. The refuge comprises approximately 2,200 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The front field area and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Buildings are located on the northern edge of the City of Fairbanks.

Our Mission is "Inspiring environmental stewardship and lifelong learning through experience, awareness, appreciation and conservation of the natural and historic resources of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge."

Friends of Creamer’s Field works collaboratively with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) and other community partners to deliver education programs at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. We operate out of the Farmhouse Visitor Center, the original Creamer family farmhouse (circa 1908), which features interpretive exhibits on migratory birds and the historic dairy complex. In addition to our schedule of programs and events, we serve as the fiscal sponsor for Camp Habitat, a summer day camp during the months of June and July.

We couldn't begin to accomplish our mission without the dedication and commitment of the Fairbanks community. We have over 100 active volunteers who continually provide support to Friends of Creamer's Field with their time. Volunteers assist with programs & events, are trained to lead guided nature walks on the Refuge, and work as Hosts in the Farmhouse Visitor Center. 


In 2021, Friends of Creamer’s Field celebrated 30 years of providing the Fairbanks community and its visitors with educational opportunities on the Refuge. While we were still unable to run a full schedule of in-person events and programs, we welcomed back a few on-site events, including the Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival, Dairy Days, and Creepy Critters. We also focused on creating online interpretive services that would enrich the community’s self-guided experience on the Refuge. Virtual programs like Thanksgiving for the Birds and Holiday Ornament Making allowed participants to follow along with our activities coordinator to create bird feeders and Refuge-themed ornaments while in the comfort of their own home.

In addition to our programming, we completed several restoration and accessibility projects on the Refuge, which included: 

  • Restoring the letters on the creamery roof with a fresh coat of paint,
  • Repairing the Boreal Forest Trail, making it accessible again,
  • Contracting with a local company to clean the outhouses twice a week, keeping them open throughout the year,
  • Volunteer Board Members make repairs to Boreal Forest Trail boardwalk.

Moving into 2022, we look forward to a full slate of programming as well as the return of Camp Habitat, our summer day camp that operates during the months of June and July.




Grace Nelson

Executive Director

Melanie Graeff

Programs and Events Coordinator


Becky Hassebroek, President

Anne Ruggles, Vice-President

Dave Vick, Treasurer

Jamie Marschner, Secretary

Carol Davis, Board Member

Riga Grubis, Board Member

Cathie Harms-Tordoff, Board Member

Kirstin Hunter, Board Member

Arthur Hussey, Board Member

Jerry Lipka, Board Member

Tom Schneider, Board Member

George Happ (Emeritus)

Roxy Creamer (Emeritus)

William Holman (Emeritus)