WHO WE ARE
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.
2022 IN REVIEW: A Message From the Director
2022 held many joys. We were able to host our full schedule of in-person events for the first time in two years! Many of our programs had record attendance, all of which totaled over 4,000 individuals. Over 20,000 people from all over the world visited the Farmhouse Visitor's Center, and many more used our online resources.
Camp Habitat also returned for the first time since 2019 and celebrated its 30th year of educating Fairbanks' youth about the natural world, specifically the ecology of Interior Alaska!
Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, we were able to refurbish signage around the farmhouse and maintain our contract with a local company to clean the public outhouses on the Refuge, allowing them to remain open year-round. We were also able to keep the dog waste bag dispensers stocked, which heled keep the Refuge clean.
As we move into 2023, we plan to expand our educational outreach by adding programs and further developing our online resources. We also hope to resurface the parking lot by the Farmhouse, improve trail accessibility, specifically the Boreal Forest Trail, and update our interpretive signage throughout the Refuge.
Thank you to all our volunteers, donors, sponsors, and supporters! Your are the reason we were able to have such an outstanding year! Because of your generosity, were were allowed to pursue our mission.
See you on the Refuge,
Grace Nelson, Friends of Creamer's Field Executive Director
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)