About Us

Booth Society mission statement: Promoting, preserving and enhancing the educational, cultural and recreational opportunities at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Booth Society manages visitor services, the volunteer program, educational and outreach programs, coordinates the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Program, coordinates special events and community outreach, manages retail sales, advocates for the hatchery, coordinates rentals in Ruby’s Garden, and supports Friends Groups nationally.  As a non-profit, citizen-based group, the Society relies on donations, sales, and City subsidy funding to promote to promote, preserve, and enhance the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. 

The Booth Society does not own the fish hatchery, the Society serves as a nonprofit friends support group for the hatchery and works closely with the entity that does own the hatchery - the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. To learn more about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, click here.

Programs supported by the Booth Society include:

  • Volunteer Program – Buildings open during summer season
  • Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program
  • School Educational Tours and Bus Tours
  • Hatchery Special Events:  Family Creek Fair, Father’s Day Brunch, Hatchery Holidays
  • Annual Garden Party Social and Auction
  • SD Junior Duck Stamp Program
  • Generations Endowment
  • Grounds Maintenance and Improvement
  • Grant Writing
  • Advocacy
  • Friends Group Support for Refuges and Hatcheries


Booth Society Board of Directors

  • Steve Shuck, President
  • Howard Bernstein, Vice President
  • Larry Kallemeyn, Treasurer
  • Warren Satterlee, Secretary
  • Alissa Adams
  • Dillon Haug
  • Kevin Krog
  • Ryan Meredith
  • Michele Loobey-Gertsch


Booth Society Staff

  • Karen Holzer, Executive Director
  • Nancy Pummel Cole, Gift Shop Manager/Administrative Assistant