Will you be My Green Valentine? 5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Show Your Love

There’s no denying that flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners are wonderful ways to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day. If you’re searching for a more meaningful way to share your love, why not give a gift that shows that special someone you not only care deeply for them but care greatly for the Earth as well. Check out these ideas to help you and your loved one to celebrate a greener Valentine’s Day.

1. Handcrafted (just like your love)

maya card

Nothing says I love you more than a handcrafted gift that’s been carefully selected for your special someone. Celebrate your unique love by writing a special message to your loved one inside a one of a kind, handmade card from Maya Metz Logue, a local freelance graphic designer. All of her cards are drawn by hand and then hand-tied with embroidery thread. Choose from a great selection of designs ranging from simple and classic to humorous and flirty tones. To purchase a custom made card, visit www.mayametzlogue.com.

2. Sweeten the deal the deal with a treat 

ramona cake

Aside from roses, there’s no more popular Valentine’s Day gift than the classic box of chocolates. This year, skip the ordinary and indulge your loved one with some extraordinary sweets from Feast and Forest, a new cafe and bakery recently opened by Kristen Hall, founder of the Baking Bandits, and Victor King, formerly of Highlands Bar and Grill and Brick & Tin. With a seasonal menu that changes daily, Feast and Forest offers an amazing variety of freshly baked treats, which are no doubt made all the sweeter from locally sourced ingredients. Our pick for Valentine’s Day: The Ramona, a classic red velvet cake with heritage vanilla bean buttercream and cocoa crumbs. You can also now check out their great selection of cakes and order online at www.feastandforest.com.

3. In the Park After Dark: Valentine’s Mega Zip at Red Mountain Park

lovers leap

If you and your loved one share a passion for adventure, then you’ll love the thrill of an exciting nighttime zip line adventure at Red Mountain Park. Upon arrival at the park’s Trail Head, you and your date will be greeted by Red Mountain Park staff and enjoy a guided hike to the 1,000 foot Mega Zip at the Kaul Adventure Tower. Your $35.00 ticket includes two rides on the Mega Zip and an ambient campfire. Visit www.redmountainreservations.org to select your choice of time and to reserve this adventurous Valentine’s gift!

4. Be “Wooed” at the Zoo

woo at the zoo

On Saturday, February 13th, the Birmingham Zoo will host it’s third annual Valentine’s Day event, “Woo at the Zoo,” from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This special event is only for those 21 years and older and will feature wine, desserts, giveaways, and exclusive animal greetings upon arrival in the auditorium. This unique and enriching experience will offer guests an inside look at love in the “wild” including the various courtship methods of different animals. You’ll also enjoy a special presentation by Chris DeLorey, also known as “Dr. Dino,” about love among the dinosaurs. All proceeds benefit conservation efforts at the Birmingham Zoo. For information on ticket costs and to reserve your spot at Woo at the Zoo, visit birminghamzoo.com.

5. Birds of a feather stay together

couple hiking

If you and your loved one share a love of nature, then there’s no better way to spend Valentine’s day than to simply go outdoors and walk among the trees and listen to the birds sing all below a beautiful blue sky. This Sunday, spend time with your loved one enjoying the outdoors at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve while taking part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9-11 a.m. Join millions of people all around the world who will participate in bird counting from February 12-15 to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the four-day event and then report their sightings online at birdcount.org. This special event at Ruffner Mountain is hosted by the Birmingham Audubon Society.

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