Jeramie Strickland works with students at 4th Grade Conservation Field Day at Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, Illinois.
Jeramie Strickland, a Wildlife Biologist in the Service’s Midwest Region at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Thomson, Illinois, grew up mostly in inner-city Chicago but was lucky enough to spend three years in the backwoods of Alabama catching frogs, crafting homemade fishing poles, and exploring every nook and cranny of the ponds surrounding his home. He spends much of his time these days working on turtle conservation.
5 Questions for Jeramie
1. Why is urban outreach important to you?
Many people in urban settings do not know about the benefits of nature. Getting kids involved in conservation and exposing them to the outdoors is my way of giving back. I am truly thankful for my mentors who helped me get where I am, and I want to give kids from my community a good role model.