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Meet Our Volunteers: Jim and Mary Cramer

Jim and Mary Cramer are the new energetic and friendly summer camp host volunteers for Quilcene National Fish Hatchery (NFH). They both grew up in the Mid-West, Jim in Nebraska, Mary in South Dakota. They began their careers as teachers, teaching their whole lives from elementary school to middle school to teaching teacher education at the university level. They have always been interested in traveling and even taught for 14 years overseas at U.S. Department of Defense schools in Germany.

Once Mary and Jim retired they began volunteering with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working from Georgia to South Dakota to Alaska and now Quilcene, Washington. They volunteered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska and really enjoyed the focus on nature, wildlife, and conservation.

Currently Jim and Mary travel around the country in their recreational vehicle, volunteering where they can as "traveling volunteers." This allows them to continue exploring their love of traveling as well as giving back and helping out with their positive attitudes and fun energy. Jim and Mary will be at Quilcene NFH from mid-May to late September.

Mary and Jim really enjoy working at Quilcene NFH; every day is something new for them, from learning about salmon and hatcheries, giving a tour of the facilities, maintenance of the facility, and seeing new wildlife. They like fish hatcheries because each one is different, from the fish that are raised to the people that raise them. Jim and Mary really enjoy working at Quilcene NFH, for the people there are dedicated, focused and knowledgeable. They point out that it's great to be working with so many passionate people that are interested in sharing their knowledge, and taking the time to explain how processes work every step of the way.

Jim and Mary noticed that many visitors stop by Quilcene NFH, looking for big trophy fish or have never visited a hatchery. Once they take a tour, they are fascinated by the learning experience they receive, from the life cycle of the salmon, hatchery operations and the human impacts on salmon.

Mary and Jim are very glad to be working at Quilcene NFH, where they have learned and share so much about hatchery operations and the fish that are raised. Come visit the hatchery and take a friendly educational tour.


Last updated: July 31, 2012

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