Meet the Programs & Events Coordinator: Melanie Graeff

Melanie joined the Friends of Creamer’s Field family back in March 2020. She has since been involved in creating outreach content for in-person and virtual programs, along with content for our website and social media accounts.

Melanie was raised near Dayton, OH. She grew up playing soccer and spending time outside. She was recruited to play at the collegiate level at Capital University in Columbus. During her studies, she expanded her interests to include environmental science. After marrying husband Nate, she moved west to Olympia, WA to pursue a graduate degree. Her studies encompassed utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for mapping the Earth, science education, program outreach, climate science, and natural resources management.

Photographing wildlife at Denali National Park.

Her favorite outdoor passions include kayaking, hiking, birding, trail running, fishing, and wildlife photography.

After earning her Master’s, she had an opportunity to work as an AmeriCorps member alongside the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to facilitate shorebird education and outreach at several wildlife refuges in Washington state. In December 2018, she and her husband moved to Fairbanks and have been pursuing all its outdoor adventures.

Melanie making a yarn bird ornament for the DIY Bird Ornament Crafts virtual program in 2020.

She first became involved at Creamer’s Field after working as an education intern with the Alaska Songbird Institute in 2019. She is excited to expand her outreach programs with the Friends of Creamer’s Field.

“I knew when I visited Creamer’s Field the first time that it was an incredibly special place. It is not only a unique wildlife haven, but a treasure to the community. My goals have always been to promote the refuge for its history and wildlife, along with its beauty and wonder for our online and in-person visitors.”

Walking the Boreal Forest Trail boardwalk.

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