Published on Wed, 06/15/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature-inspired gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. If you are still on the hunt for something special to show your appreciation, why not give these nature-inspired gifts some thought?

For the dad with the green thumb

Help your dad introduce some plants with purpose! Creating a naturalized garden doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul of the existing greenery. Find local nurseries that carry native seeds and plants specific to your area.

Indoor insect control: for anyone who has kept plants indoors, you’re bound to attract small insects at some point in time. A natural way to keep them under control is to enlist the help of carnivorous plants. Be sure to only plant these indoors to prevent their potential spread in the wild.

For the wildlife watcher

A pair of quality binoculars go a long way. A pair of bins can really bring out the inquisitive nature in people. Go for brands known for their good optics and light build. And, if possible, get a harness add-on – it is a relatively low-cost investment that distributes the weight of your binoculars across your upper body.

For the cook

Herbs can be tricky to buy. Sometimes recipes call for only a tablespoon of herbs, but you end up having to buy a bunch. Growing an herb garden by the kitchen not only looks nice but will give your dad a steady supply of herbs. The trick is to prepare the herb container in advance so that there is already a variety ready to use by the time you gift it.

For the nature crusader

When getting together is not possible, the Nature Conservancy of Canada offers e-cards to celebrate special moments and tribute donations to honour people we love with a gift that helps to protect our country's endangered plants, animals and ecosystems.

For the dad who just wants to spend time together

Why not sign the whole family up for a local Conservation Volunteers event? The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) offers events across the country from spring through fall, and in some places, year-round. This is a perfect opportunity to get outdoors work as a team.

Conservation Volunteers looking out for piping plovers in Alberta (Photo by NCC) 

Planting native species at St. Peter’s Harbour, PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck) 

To learn more and sign up for an event near you, visit

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