Welcome to the Wild Center Gift Guide

This season, give the gifts that bring out the wild side with our Wild Center Gift Guide.  There’s something for everyone on your list.  These are some of our favorites, but there’s over 100 items listed in our online store.  Proceeds from The Wild Supply Company support The Wild Center’s mission of igniting a passion for the outdoors.

Books

Books for all ages to make you appreciate the world around you.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    $18.00
    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

  • Surviving the Great Outdoors by Brendan Leonard
    $24.95
    With 400 strategies for engaging in the outdoors, and expert tips and tricks, Surviving the Great Outdoors makes Mother Nature easier to understand than ever before. Brendan Leonard, writer, filmmaker, and outdoor adventurer, shows the reader how rewarding it can be to live life away from the computer and get outside. From mountain climbing, to skiing, sledding, and sailing, Leonard shows that you don’t need to be a risk taker to enjoy the outdoors. And if the reader does find him or herself at the point of human vs. nature, Leonard shares survival skills from how to bandage a wound and read a topographical map, to how to drive on sand and remove a tick from your skin—all organized thematically and written in short takeaway entries with helpful line drawings. Bound in a uniquely rugged (and waterproof!) PVC cover material, Surviving the Great Outdoors is a friendly way into the outdoor lifestyle, whether you’re looking to dabble or go all in.

  • Squirt the Otter by Tracy Mikowski
    $16.95
    A true story about our very own Squirt the otter! When a baby otter was found in a farmers field, Tracy the zookeeper was called to the rescue. She and her Welsh Corgi Muffin befriended Squirt. They opened their home to her and gave her all the love she needed to grow into a strong healthy otter, but not without their fair share of adventure and adversity along the way! This is a heartfelt story of love, compassion, and friendship. Tracy, Squirt, and Muffin help us reconnect to the natural world and show us how the bond between humans and creatures can flourish, especially when we open our hearts.
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

    $7.99

    Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.

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  • Adirondack Dawn by Den Linnehan
    $29.95

    Den Linnehan’s 4th photography book takes you to the soul of the Adirondacks.  His photographs are taken with an artist’s eye and love for the landscape creating inspiring and unforgettable images.

Maple & Food Gifts

Maple and food gifts for the foodie or sweet tooth on your list.

  • Sweet Tooth Gift Box

    $44.95

    All things maple! Peanuts, cashews, maple sugar pieces, and of course an 8oz bottle of pure maple syrup, we call it The Sweet Tooth and it is the perfect gift for the snacking enthusiast in your family. Representing New York State sugar houses this box is packed with wonderful sweets that is sure to be a hit with your family and circle of friends. A handful of tasty hard maple candy and maple theme recipe cards rounds out this wonderful gift box.

    On the cart page, before final check out, be sure to write a special note for your receiver, and we’ll include it on a card, enclosed in the box.

  • The Foodie Gift Box
    $39.95

    Packed with wonderful maple themed gifts, this is the perfect gift for the food lover in your circle of friends.  Partnering with local chef John Vargo, and produced by our friends at Hub on the Hill in Essex, NY, we created a 12oz maple mustard vinaigrette, and a 12oz maple barbecue sauce. Also included is an 8oz bottle of pure maple syrup from our friends at Merle Maple, and a handful of tasty maple hard candy. Maple theme recipe cards round out the gift box.

    On the cart page, before final check out, be sure to write a special note for your receiver, and we’ll include it on a card, enclosed in the box.

  • Pancake Breakfast Gift Box
    $31.95
    Pancakes with maple syrup, is there really anything better for breakfast? The box includes:

    8oz pure  maple syrup. from our friends at Merle Maple

    16oz Organic pancake & waffle mix (from our friends at Catskill Provisions)

    Handful of maple hard candy

    Recipe cards (including a delicious pancake recipe)

    On the cart page, before final check out, be sure to write a special note for your receiver, and we’ll include it on a card, enclosed in the box.

  • Maple Sugar Pieces
    $12.95

    These maple sugar pieces are crystal coated. Crystal coating is the process of soaking the molded sugar pieces for 12 hours in a bath of super-saturated (thick) pure maple syrup. The crystals form an airtight coating which allows the sugar piece to mellow inside and keeps the sugar pieces fresh for 6 months.

  • 6oz Maple Cashews

    $12.95

    Cashews roasted in pure maple syrup—enough said!

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Sustainable Gifts

Looking for a gift you can feel good about? Whether its a book, reusable straws and bags, or recycled toys, we’ve specially curated a list of items that can help the planet.
  • Recycled Plush Toys

     

    $19.95
    Super soft plush animals found on the Adirondacks made made from recycled plastics.  Every soft toy animal has been made using recycled plastic water bottles. Choose from a fox, eagle, otter, squirrel and raccoon.

     

  • Bees Wrap

    $7.95-$12.95

    SUSTAINABLE, NATURAL PLASTIC WRAP ALTERNATIVE. Got half an avocado? Fresh herbs? A bowl of guacamole you don’t want turning brown? Meet BEE’S WRAP, a uniquely designed food wrap that allows you and your food to breathe a little easier.

    INTENTIONAL DESIGN, SIMPLE SOLUTION. Store cheese, bread, fruit, and veggies. Cover a bowl, pack a sandwich, or fold bees wrap into a pouch for snacks on your next adventure. Seriously — it’s that versatile.

    WASHABLE, REUSABLE, FULLY BIODEGRADABLE. Use the warmth of your hands to wrap Bee’s Wrap around a piece of food or over a bowl or dish.

    MADE IN VERMONT BY A CERTIFIED B CORP. Since 2012, our reusable food wraps have been handcrafted using our customized process, giving you the highest quality, industry leading beeswax wraps.

    ETHICALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS. Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.

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  • Natural Fiber Cutlery Set
    $7.95
    The Natural Fiber Cutlery set of spoon and fork, with its own case is ideal for snacks, soup, hot or cold, and perfect for school, work or on the road. The Minimal Natural Fiber products are reusable, made from discarded rice husk. It’s chip and crack resistant, and it’s designed to last years!

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  • Glass Drinking Straws
    $10.95
    Glass drinking straws provide a safe and clean alternative to plastic straws. Safe to use in hot and cold beverages, these straws have a lifetime guarantee, and you can choose from a classic design or, one with a bit of flare. Each straw comes with a reusable cleaning brush. Protective sleeves are available for a separate purchase for safe keeping. Using less plastic in any capacity helps the environment, and promotes a healthier way of living. Glass drinking straws is the best alternative to plastic and other reusable drinking straws. Made in the USA.
  • Reusable Travel Straw
    $6.95
    Eco-friendly, reusable alternative to plastic straws. This stainless steel straw collapses into a portable size, and includes a cleaning brush and carrying case.