SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

November 30, 2015 08:00 ET

Thinking Outside the Mall With a Piece of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada Launches 21st Annual Alternate Gifts Program

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - As thoughts turn to December and people are looking for a Christmas gift for the nature lover or outdoor enthusiast on their list, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is making it easy.

NCC is launching the 21st annual, Gifts of Canadian Nature. The program provides an opportunity for people to give a gift that helps to protect natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

Funds raised will support the Nature Conservancy of Canada's work to conserve and care for nature right across the country. These are important lands also used by people and families for recreational purposes. More than 80 per cent of Canadians live within 100 kilometres of an NCC project.

"Many people are looking for something for friends and family who either have everything or you don't know what to get them. They may love nature and the outdoors, live long distances away and sending gifts through the mail can be a challenge," said Aaron Bilyea, Marketing Director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "The scramble to find a parking spot, navigate the crowds and find the perfect gift can also be frustrating for many shoppers. Here is a practical way to give a gift that lasts forever. People can avoid line ups and buy local by helping conserve beautiful areas that are important homes for our critters."

With any purchase of a Gift of Canadian Nature, people will receive a stunning 2016 Nature Conservancy of Canada wall calendar and an eight-page wildlife booklet of their choice. Animal species featured this year include: Canada lynx and moose which are endangered in some provinces, wolf, grizzly bear and great horned owl.

The booklets contain information on these species, fun facts and information about the places they live. Packages range from $40-$500 and each features a unique holiday gift. From 11 x 17 limited edition art prints and species greeting cards to toques and more.

Charitable tax receipts are issued for all gift purchases. People interested may learn more at www.giftsofnature.ca or by calling toll-free at 1-800-465-8005.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada was recently named Canada's top environmental charity for the 6th year in a row by MoneySense Magazine. In its December issue, on newsstands now, MoneySense, ranks 100 of the country's top charities for their financial accountability, transparency and effectiveness. The Nature Conservancy of Canada received an overall grade of A. More than 80 percent of all funds raised are spent directly on our conservation program.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading non-profit land conservation organization, working to protect natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, it has helped protect more than 2.7 million acres nationwide.

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