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Five green Mother’s Day ideas

With Mother’s Day coming up (May 10) we want you to avoid the last minute scramble, so we have compiled some feel-good gifts for mom. Go above and beyond a green gift and spend some time in green spaces too! Spring is a wonderful season to experience nature and we want you to make Mother’s Day even more meaningful. Spend some quality time with your mom and loved ones outdoors.

A mother kissing her young daughter in their candle-lit home during Earth Hour 2010, Canada. © Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada

A mother kissing her young daughter in their candle-lit home. © Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada

1. For the fashionable mom

Slow Factory™ has joined together with WWF to create Petit Atlas, a limited edition selection of 1,000 scarves on silk twill, and silk crêpe de Chine, depicting freshwater, oceans, Arctic and forestry imagery. Ten per cent of all sales will go towards WWF’s conservation efforts. By purchasing this scarf for mom or someone special, you will be supporting WWF while giving a beautiful gift!

Shop the Petit Atlas collection at slowfactory.com. ©Slow Factory

Shop the Petit Atlas collection at slowfactory.com. ©Slow Factory

2. Adopt her favourite species

Symbolic adoptions make the perfect gift any time of the year! Each adoption kit includes a high-quality wildlife/hero plush, personalized adoption certificate, your choice of gift bag (and yes – there is a Mother’s Day option), poster and information pamphlet, and a charitable tax receipt for a portion of your purchase. View them all here.  SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY OFFER:  All wildlife family adoptions kits are 50% off.  Choose her favourite: Tiger Family, Polar Bear Family, Giant Panda Family or Arctic Fox Family. Hurry – this offer won’t last long.

For a limited time, all wildlife family adoption kits are 50% off. Get yours today!

3. A virtual gift

As summer approaches monarch butterflies are beginning to migrate to Canada and US. This a great time to learn about monarch butterflies, and keeping your eye out for them. Help protect the flights of monarch butterflies to Canada and give your mom a virtual gift!  Your tax deductible gift of $50 can help ensure that the monarch butterfly population rebounds. Purchase your mom’s gift here. And, draw a butterfly to go along with the gift, with this butterfly colouring activity– great for kids too!

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feeding on nectar of Goldenrod flowers, East coast, USA. © naturepl.com / Ingo Arndt / WWF

Monarch butterfly © naturepl.com / Ingo Arndt / WWF

4. Take mom out

No – we’re not talking about a brunch. Getting outside and connecting with nature is great this time of year. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and there’s many parks and trails all over this wonderful country. Go on a nature walk with your mom near a local trail or get outside for a Mother’s Day picnic.

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada. © Frank PARHIZGAR / WWF-Canada

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada. © Frank PARHIZGAR / WWF-Canada

5. Instead of buying mom flowers – plant some together

May is also a great season for gardening flowers and plants. Get outside on or before Mother’s Day and plant with your mom. Plant a garden of flowers or even herbs and veggies!

A vegetable plot in a garden. © Global Warming Images / WWF

A vegetable plot in a garden. © Global Warming Images / WWF

These are the gifts that keep on giving! We want to hear your green ideas for Mother’s Day and how you will be connecting with nature.


  • Christian Johnson

    We welcome you to visit Save Our Monarchs (www.saveourmonarchs.org), a newly-formed 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established to bring back our monarch butterfly. Visitors can order free swamp milkweed seeds which promote monarch migration directly on our website! You can also donate to our cause if you wish.