The Portland Audubon Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. For bird and nature lovers, nothing quite hits the spot like something that connects us to the natural world. And even better? When that gift also supports protecting both wildlife and their habitat. Whether you want to give a new pair of optics, ecotour, camp, field guide, or donation to protect wildlife, we have something for every nature buff on your list!

A Western Bluebird stands while holding nesting material in its bill.
Western Bluebird, photo by Hayley Crews

Everything You Could Want Is at the Nature Store

The Nature Store is your one-stop shop for all your holiday needs (and members get a 10% discount on all purchases!). All profits at the Nature Store go toward wildlife conservation right here in Oregon. With a large selection of binoculars and scopes, local and international field guides, games and toys for kids, birdhouses and feeders for the backyard, ornaments, and so much more, make the Nature Store your first and last stop as you search for the perfect gift.

Visit the Nature Store

Blow Their Minds with an Ecotour

Want a real showstopper? Surprise the special person in your life with an ecotour. (It doubles as a gift for yourself if you go on the trip together!) Upcoming 2020 trips include international destinations like Mongolia, Machu Picchu, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Pacific Northwest trips to Skagit Valley, Klamath Basin, Malheur, and Northern California. Led by experienced naturalists, our world-class ecotour program offers an unforgettable experience to visit wildlife hotspots at home and abroad. Our trips are a treasure of birding, wildlife-watching, natural history, and cultural experience.

View Ecotours

Channel-billed Toucan, photo by Mathias Appel

Make a Gift in Honor of Someone You Love

The person you choose to honor with your gift will be recognized in the Warbler newsletter, and an elegant songbird-themed card will be mailed to those receiving the tribute. All tribute gifts add to a long legacy of support for crucial conservation initiatives across the state. A perfect way to show the nature lover in your life that you know what’s really important to them.

Tribute Gifts

Burrowing Owl, photo by Mick Thompson

Sponsor a Wild Thing

Our Animal Ambassadors hold a special place in the hearts of visitors of all ages. This holiday season, sponsor one of our education animals. You’ll receive a packet that talks all about the animal and can follow up with a visit to meet them in person. Your sponsorship helps pay for the care of Ruby the Turkey Vulture, Aristophanes the Common Raven, Xena the American Kestrel, Julio the Great Horned Owl, or Bybee the Western Painted Turtle, who cannot be released back into the wild and have permanent homes here at Portland Audubon where they help us educate thousands of people each year.

Sponsor a Wild Thing

Ruby, one of our resident ambassador animals

Winter, Spring and Summer Camps

On our winter, spring, and summer camps, youth may discover a Coastal Giant Salamander along our trails, observe a Bald Eagle soaring over the Gorge, or see whales off the San Juan Islands. Or perhaps they want to learn archery, the craft of fire making, or nature photography. No matter what they choose, the child or teen in your life will get to learn, play, and explore, all while making friends, connecting to nature, and making memories to last a lifetime. 

Stop by our Nature Store to purchase a gift certificate.

Contribute to Our Scholarship Fund

Sometimes the best gifts are given to people we’ve never even met. When you choose to give to our Scholarship Fund, you help make life-changing experiences with the outdoors available to all families. Help us fulfill our mission to inspire all people to love and protect nature by giving the gift of a summer camp, school field trip or more to a family in need of financial assistance.

Click to contribute and note in the comments that this is a gift for the scholarship fund.

Animal Tracks and Traces camp, photo by Henry Jackson

Give a Portland Audubon Membership

In addition to joining the community of 16,000 passionate members, the recipient will get the inside scoop on classes and trips, birding spots, and issues impacting Oregon’s wildlife. Memberships also come with exclusive perks:

  • A one-year subscription to our bimonthly print newsletter, the Warbler
  • Member-only discounts on Nature Store purchases
  • Member-only discounts on classes, trips, and camps

Give a Membership

Northern Spotted Owl
Northern Spotted Owl, photo by Scott Carpenter

Classes and Audubon Birding Days

Your favorite lifelong learner will love a gift certificate for our Adult Education program. We offer a wide array of classes that will help them sharpen their bird identification skills, learn the art of animal tracking, create exquisite nature journals, hunt for wild mushrooms, and join our expert naturalists on daylong Audubon Birding Days at some of Oregon’s most stunning wild spaces. With a gift certificate, they can choose what ignites their passion most!

Stop by our Nature Store to purchase a gift certificate.

Seeking out the Common Merganser and juvenile Bald Eagle.

Sign Up for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program has reached its full build-out, which means residents in most cities in Multnomah, Clackamas, Clark, and Washington Counties can sign up and join more than 5,000 properties that are restoring habitat right in their backyards. It’s the perfect gift for your favorite gardener, providing them the tools they need to turn their yard into a native habitat oasis for wildlife. And nothing brings a bird to the yard better than native plants.

Sign Up

Give the Gift of Saving a Life

Every year our Wildlife Care Center treats 3,000 injured and orphaned native birds, mammals, and other native species. In addition, our Wildlife Hotline, open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., fields more than 10,000 phone calls, helping people to peacefully coexist with their wild neighbors. Your gift to the Wildlife Care Center ensures we can provide the best care for our patients and serve as a hub for reducing wildlife/human conflicts all over the region.

Click to contribute and note in the comments that this is a gift for the Wildlife Care Center.

By giving anything in our gift guide, you not only bring joy to the people in your life, you also directly contribute to the protection of wildlife and wild places. That makes these gifts extra special for birders, hikers, gardeners, explorers, and activists of all ages.