Meet the Executive Director: Grace Nelson

Grace Nelson has joined the Friends of Creamer’s Field family as the executive director, effective September 1, 2021.

Grace hails from Lancaster, PA, but now calls Fairbanks home.  Her love of nature and keen interest in environmental stewardship and conservation inspired her to earn a Bachelor of Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Natural Resource Management with a focus on agriculture and education.   While at UAF Grace formed a strong connection with and a deep love for the Fairbanks community. 

After graduation, she worked as a Fish & Wildlife Technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, division of wildlife conservation. Most recently, she worked with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District as an agriculture technician, managing a cover crop variety trial.  

Grace working in Delta Junction on a cover crop variety trial.

In her free time, Grace enjoys exploring Alaska, hiking, fishing, and photography.  She is also the volunteer director of the Alaska Youth Hunter Education Challenge, a youth event promoting safe and ethical hunting.

Grace’s passion lies in conservation-related outreach and education.  The mission of Friends of Creamer’s Field aligns perfectly with her own personal goals; therefore, she is very excited to join with FOCF in their goal of “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.”  

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