Are you looking for ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based and meaningful?
We call it the “natural twofer.” Purchase a holiday gift from a nature organization and by doing so, support your local conservation efforts.
Bham Now has compiled a holiday gift list from local nature organizations (follow the links) that offer gift ideas to help you “give back” this holiday season.
One of our favorite local nature preserves, Ruffner is selling a “retro” Ruffner t-shirt. They also sell inexpensive native seed packets. One other special gift? Buy a pre-sale copy of “Back to Nature” a book about the history of Ruffner.Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve turns 40
Support Red Mountain Park by pre-purchasing and booking tickets to their adventure programs. Imagine your kids excitement when they see you’ve booked a trip on the zip line at Red Mountain Park. They have also got some cool shirts and gear (visit the online gift shop)
Alabama Wildlife Center
One of the most creative gift ideas, the Alabama Wildlife Center has available Holiday Greeting Cards (check back at the site for the 2018 edition) of their most prominent patients. Also, don’t forget their Holiday Craft & Bake Sale on December 8.
The “We Dare to Defend Our Rivers” t-shirt is ARA’s signature slogan and gift item. They also have conservation greeting cards and beautiful prints by Beth Maynor Young, one of Alabama’s greatest conservation photographers.
The folks at the Coosa Riverkeeper have one of the most popular shirts for sale – this year featuring a “Keep the Coosa Crappie” shirt. They also have some cool trucker hats.
Entering it’s 3rd decade, Alabama Water Watch has volunteers throughout the state monitoring and testing our streams, rivers and lakes. Check out their online gift shop and the new book by Bill Deutsch – Alabama Rivers – a Celebration and Challenge.
With one of the most distinctive logos in the region, the Black Warrior Riverkeeper have got some popular t-shirts, hats and even a license plate.
Give a local elementary school an opportunity to visit the SEC when you purchase a “Magic School Bus.” Help touch the lives of an entire classroom of schoolchildren from the Birmingham area.
If you are a birder or want to become one, this is the perfect organization. A very inclusive group, BAS organizes birding and environmental education events throughout the year.
This riverkeeper group has done some incredible work on the Colonial pipeline spill. Take a look at their online gift shop.
Take a tour of TNC’s gift collections. The photos are beautiful, and you can direct your support toward a landscape you love (deadline Dec. 15th).
The Freshwater Land Trust is the guardian of the Red Rock Trail System. Support them by proudly wearing one of their T-shirts and hats, which make great gifts.
The defenders of wilderness in Alabama, Wild South has a complete gift store with hats and shirts with their distinctive chestnut leaf.
The state’s oldest non-profit organization, the AEC turned 50 last year. Check out the Green Tie Affair, which is one of the most popular fundraisers in Birmingham.
Always a fun place for exploration, imagine your child’s excitement if you book a birthday party or an overnight adventure.
Checkout the garden’s gift shop which is filled with local jewelry and keepsakes.
Choices, choices, choices. If you are looking for that special gift for that animal lover in the family, the Zoo has wonderful options that include, gift membership, Adopt a animal, camps and even special behind the scenes tours.
Weeks Bay Foundation
A coastal Alabama organization, Weeks Bay produces a very popular annual Christmas ornament that is a collector’s item. Love their hats too.
Alabama Coastal Foundation
An organization with a large following in the Birmingham area – ACF has a “cups & coffee” promotion and some sharp looking shirts and hats.
Checkout out AWF’s online store which features AWF exclusive apparel, accessories, and books. Also, consider a yearly pass to Alabama Nature Center’s new Natureplex.
GASP has shirts with powerful messages such as “We deserve clean air” and “I’m a voice for clean air.”
Give the gift of the outdoors to the entire family by joining Fresh Air Family. This group organizes nature trips/hikes for families throughout the year.
Located near the Little River Canyon National Preserve, the Canyon Center has a fantastic gift shop that has a little bit of everything from shirts to toys.
A must for winter – Railroad Park has tickets to theiroutdoor ice skating rink. Birmingham’s “backyard” is also fantastic for birthday parties and events.
Alabama Natural History Museum
Take a tour of the Museum’s gift store and then call them and place an order.
Buy plants, seeds, books etc… from the experts – and more importantly for a good cause.
Alabama State Parks
Explore Alabama’s State Parks by purchasing a 2019 gift card.
Camp McDowell Environmental Center
The state’s largest environmental camp has got a great online gift store. Along with holiday gifts consider sending a child to camp as a gift.
Did we miss someone? Please let us know, and we will update the list. Be mindful, for many of the groups, you need to make your purchase this week if you want to have them under the Christmas tree.