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Outdoor lovers can enjoy these gift ideas from Ohio State Parks

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife and Ohio State Parks can help with gift ideas that will satisfy the outdoor lovers on your gift list.

Ohio State Parks gift cards

An Ohio State Parks gift card makes a great gift for people who enjoy playing outdoors or unwinding while surrounded by the great outdoors. Gift cards may be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cottage rentals or in any of Ohio's scenic state park lodges. They may also be used for golfing at Ohio State Parks' six public courses or for boat rentals at some state park marinas. Available in any denomination of $5 or more, gift cards may be purchased online at ohiostateparks.org, at any state park office or by calling 866-644-6727.

Wildlife gift certificates

Ohio offers plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities for every level of outdoorsmen and women. Gift certificates are available at wildohio.com and may be used toward fishing and hunting licenses, turkey or deer hunting permits and Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps. Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Gift certificates can only be purchased and redeemed online.

Wildlife Legacy Stamps

The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is available for purchase online, by mail or at any Division of Wildlife district office. The 2012 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp depicts a spotted salamander. Proceeds from the sale of the $15 Wildlife Legacy Stamp support a wide range of wildlife diversity projects.

People who purchase a stamp will also receive a lapel pin and a commemorative card suitable for framing. Buyers may personalize and print a certificate of appreciation to accompany the gift stamp at wildohiostamp.com.

Ohio's conservation efforts have been funded largely by hunters, anglers and trappers through the required purchase of licenses and permits. The Wildlife Legacy Stamp provides an additional funding opportunity to support conservation for wildlife watchers, campers, photographers, hikers and others who embrace wildlife causes.

Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.