Holiday gifts that give back

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will sell raw honey from its honeybee exhibit on Dec. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. Photo courtesy Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

The holiday season is a special time of the year. A time when families and friends come together to celebrate, enjoy each others' company and exchange gifts. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or a fun stocking stuffer for family and friends, the nonprofit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a great place to find gifts that give back.

Becoming a Wild Pal at the Center is a wonderful way to show your support for native wildlife and give something meaningful to the animal lovers on your list. This symbolic animal adoption program features 18 native animals and provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the medical care, food and maintenance of the animal of your choice.

Wild Pals receive a certificate of adoption, a species fact sheet and a donation acknowledgement. To begin the adoption process, simply visit the Center’s website and click on the support page to find our Bald Eagle, Red Fox, Great Horned Owl and other native animals to symbolically adopt for family and friends.

Looking for something special to add to a gift or stocking? Visit the Center’s Raw Honey Sale on Dec. 17 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The raw honey, extracted from the Center’s Stickney Family Honeybee Exhibit, is pure, unheated and unprocessed to preserve its many valuable nutrients. The foodies in your life will be sure to appreciate this unique gift and so will native wildlife, as all proceeds will support the Center’s wildlife rehabilitation program. The 4 oz. jars cost $8. Limit of 4 jars per family, while supplies last.

The holidays can also be a time for charitable giving. The Center gratefully accepts monetary donations and non-monetary donations of medical and cleaning supplies, animal care products and more. Visit to find additional ways to support the Center’s wildlife rehabilitation program and education programs for people of all ages. Your donation makes a difference.

Morgan Paskert

Morgan Paskert is on staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.13.2016