If you’re a nature and outdoor enthusiast (or are buying gifts for one), a great place to shop is at the Public Lands Interpretive Association’s online store.
If you’re in Albuquerque, you can stop at their brick-and-mortar store at 6501 Fourth Street NW Suite I and pick up gifts, maps, guidebooks, and much more in person. While some of the nonprofit organization’s other locations offer a range of items, only the Albuquerque store offers everything they sell online.
With the holidays approaching, this is a great way to shop for family and friends while supporting an important nonprofit organization at the same time!
What Do They Have?
Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) is known for its wide array of maps of public lands in the Western United States, but there’s much more to find here. There are dozens of books on topics such as hikes, bike rides, and plant and animal identification, plus history and even some on topics like finding gold in the desert. There are also cookbooks with recipes to make any New Mexican ready for dinner. Find books on these topics and many more on the website or the Albuquerque store.
The shop also offers handy pocket guides to help you ID birds, trees, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, urban wildlife, bugs and slugs, dragonflies and damselflies, and perform emergency first aid. Get a selection and make sure they’re in your pocket or backpack on your next outing.
If you want to wear your love of the outdoors proudly, you can find T-shirts, hats, and bandanas with critters who make their home in the Land of Enchantment. Find the popular line of “Advice from a . . .” bookmarks, plus notecards, mugs, and much more.
The kids won’t feel left out because the store also offers plush animals, books for young readers, and for your young outdoors person, a 7-in-one adventure tool.
SHOP AT THE ONLINE STORE OR IN PERSON
For the most complete selection, visit the website or the Albuquerque office of the Public Lands Interpretive Association at 6501 Fourth Street NW, Suite I.
The organization also operates shops at locations like the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office and the Santa Fe Bureau of Land Management office, but they have smaller selections. In fact, you may find a Public Lands Interpretive Association shop in many of the public land visitor centers you stop to see.
Why Should You Shop From PLIA?
Your purchase supports PLIA’s mission to educate and inspire users of public lands. They have exciting projects underway, such as a series of safety videos, a virtual reconstruction of Fort Craig south of Socorro, and offer a free summer camp for middle school girls as well as classroom presentations for middle school students. Your purchase helps support these programs and many more. Read about PLIA’s El Malpais Community Arts Program here.
About Public Lands Interpretive Association
The Public Lands Interpretive Association is a 501 c(3) nonprofit that supports public lands in Arizona and New Mexico through education and service.
PLIA partners with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to develop and sell educational publications, products, and maps at visitor center and office stores, operates campgrounds in the Kaibab National Forest and provides visitor information at the Public Lands Information Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead