There are no smartphones, video games or other devices on this list. Here are 30 gift ideas for kids who love the nature and outdoors, or whose parents hope to inspire them to love the outdoors and nature. There are so many creative, educational and fun choices out there, we could have easily gone on to 50 or 100! But we wanted to share this before Santa stopped taking orders, or while they can still arrive before the holidays!

 

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With the problems of today's world, thank goodness for games that can help your child dream. In Planet, your child will strategize to create a perfect world and ecosystem for your wildlife. This is a unique family strategy game where you create your own world in your hands. Very cool feature is that 3D globes are used as player boards

What could be better than fun family time that helps your kids (and you) learn about animal facts and about the great outdoors. This game is winner of the Dr. Toy 100 best children's products.

There are many kids' explorer kits available today but we like this kit that comes with binoculars, a fan, magnifying glass, crank flashlight, & 5-in-1 multi-tool. But the best part? It comes with its own case which delights the organized parent!

Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 to 8. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are — whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard.

Players serve as the reef itself during this game, alternating turns of carefully selecting which colors and patterns in which to grow and expand. The more beautiful the reef, the more points they will score! Reef is suited for players 8 and older. While it could take thousands of years for a coral reef to grow, we expect a game of reef to only take about 30 – 45 minutes.

Written by the Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, this tree memory game will help kids learn to distinguish their ash from their sassafras. With common UK and US trees included as well as interesting trees from around the world, this fun and educational game is an ideal gift that will appeal to nature lovers everywhere.

Seeing a garden come to life even in the winter months is such a great way to get kids interested in gardening. Plus, growing plants indoors taps into our need for "biophilia" or our draw to the natural world, making us happier. This kit includes seeds and instructions as well.

Your kids can think like a tree in this game as they plant and shape the ever-changing forest, cultivate seeds and strategize. This game has players take their trees through their life-cycle, from seedling to full bloom to rebirth, and earn points as their leaves collect energy from the revolving sun's rays.

Snowy owl, loon, cardinal..pick your child's favorite bird and "adopt" it for your child through Audubon. Each proud parent receives a plush bird that plays a recording of its song when squeezed, as well as an adoption certificate and a personalized letter from Audubon CEO David Yarnold. Bonus: each adoption provides funding for Audubon’s critical science, education, advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation work so you'll be modeling stewardship to your kids.

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Children will see the natural world around them with brand new eyes, as they learn to follow its signs, hear its language, and understand its secrets. With this unique and compelling book written by expert environmental educator Devin Franklin, kids aged 8 to 13 will build their own relationship with nature through finding a “Sit Spot” and become familiar with the flora and fauna that live there.

In this phenomenal game, you and your child take on the role of researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—all seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). Great family game for budding ornithologists!

A "must" to start your kid on birdwatching (which we hope you will do!) is a good, non-frustrating pair of binoculars. You can spend a small fortune on a good pair or you can start them off with this good quality, economical, sturdy and shockproof binoculars made for little hands.

Got a wolf lover? How about symbolically adopting a wolf for your child to encourage their connection to wildlife and stewardship? With levels starting at $25, the Wolf Conservation Center in New York has a level of support for everyone.

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Support the vital work of the World Wildlife Fund with this gorgeous snow leopard puzzle, or choose from many other wild animals.  This snow leopard puzzle is 1,000-piece,  measures 19" x 19" and is crafted from FSC-certified cardboard.

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From National Wildlife Federation, this adorable plush finger puppet set includes a bison, wolf and black bear puppet. Each is approximately 7"l. For ages 3+. A portion of proceeds help fund the mission of NWF.

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We know. Nothing can increase the speed of moving onto the next gift like opening clothing. But your animal lover just might stop to admire this "Future Zoologist" t-shirt.

Introduce your child to archery and hours of fun outdoor play with an archery set designed with safety in mind. This set from Adventure Awaits comes with 20 wood arrows and 2 quivers. It features safe rubber tips.

Walkie talkies are always fun for kids to play outside together. And these Obuby Walkie Talkies are a great design for kids, plus they have 22 Channels and Backlit LCD. Take them out on hikes and camping trips.

Get you kid outside and build their coordination and upper body strength at the same time. This Ninjaline kit from Slackline will turn your backyard into a ninja warrior training ground. Obstacles include: 3-pc 10" nylon rope knots, 2-pc 16" Monkey Bar Holds, 2-pc steel gym Rings, 2-pc Traverse Ninja Ring all with ABS textured finish, w/triangle safety carabiners. Bonus Tree Climbers & Climbing rope provide two fun ways to climb up to the course.

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Headlamps are an excellent way to make camping, fishing, hiking, and nighttime outdoor time even more fun—and safe. These cool headlamps from Shining Buddy are made with the highest quality materials to ensure the best-LED light devices on the market.

Give your child the moon and the stars (and planets) with a telescope to start their adventures into outer space. This model from Toyerbee is equipped with high magnification and super large aperture, which provides a clear and bright vision for children and beginners. Comes with a smartphone adapter and wireless remote.

Getting your child started with nature journaling is such a delightful and instructive way for them to experience and connect with nature. Whether they use their journal to write down observations, sketch, press flowers or create diagrams, this will be a gift that gives back.

Sure you can be practical and get a bunch of basic no 2 pencils but these wild creature pencils are super cute and make great stocking stuffers for the wildlife-loving child!

Ideal for kids aged 6-12, this book will teach your child how to draw critters from nature they love!  Print version has “draw it here” sections on every page where you can practice and draw your own pattern.

Children who want to explore nature art will enjoy this nature drawing guide that teaches you how to master drawing and watercolor techniques from sketching and shading to washes and blending.

Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world that is sure to inspire your child to love nature and poetry in this stellar collection of nature poems.

For an older child, acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more.

As the National Museum of Play (New York) pointed out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, 'It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band …' Packed with 70 ideas and projects, The Stick Book will give you loads of ideas for using the wonderful, free and all-natural toy: the stick.

A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment.

This one comes with a pretty big price tag but how cool would it be to have a new species named after your child or loved one? Typically, the first person to discover the plant or animal gets the honor of naming the species. But for a fee, the general public can name a newfound organism. Two organizations that offer species naming for a donations are Scripps and DLIA.

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