With the holidays closing in, the gift shopping continues. For people looking for something a bit unusual that also provides a double benefit, Wilton’s nonprofit organizations offer interesting selections. Shopping at these establishments keeps money in Wilton and benefits the buyer and organizations that serve the town, as well as the recipients of a varied selection of items.
Perhaps one of the more unusual gifts is adopting an exotic animal from Woodcock Nature Center. You don’t take the animal home — Fred the Green Frog, Edna the Savannah Monitor Lizard, Mr. Toad, and their fellow animals all remain at the nature center, but a donation supports their care. These animals visit with hundreds of students each year through Woodcock’s many educational and camp programs, so they do earn their keep.
A six-month adoption costs $250 and the donor receives a 5-x-7 photo, a letter from the animal, a certificate, a natural and personal fact sheet, and recognition on the nature center’s website. A one-year donation is $500 and the donor receives all of the above plus a Woodcock T-shirt.
Photos of the animals are online at woodcocknaturecenter.org. For information on adopting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7280.