About the iNaturalist Store
For years, people have been asking for iNaturalist merchandise. And for years, we've only been able to print a few items here and there and distribute them in person.
We wanted a better solution. We wanted a way to easily ship iNaturalist merchandise all over the world, without turning our small office at the California Academy of Sciences into a t-shirt distribution center. We don't want to become an apparel company, we just want people to be able to show their support for iNaturalist.
We needed a solution that allowed for cost-effective international distribution, multiple currencies, and minimal overhead (especially in staff time). After much research, we hope we have a solution thanks to the wonders of modern ecommerce: print on demand drop shipping.
How it works
When you place an order, an item of your specified color and size is printed with the iNaturalist logo in the USA. Then it is shipped directly to you from the warehouse. We never see it or touch it. There's no inventory. You get automatic emails updating you on the status of your order. And hopefully it arrives in a timely manner!
We began only with t-shirts in late 2019, but added hats, phone cases, and more shirt options in late 2020. We hope to add more options in the future.
Launched November 2019