Saturday, June 9, 2012

Natural Treasures of Ohio Contest


The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Honda have launched Natural Treasures of Ohio to educate Ohioans about the extraordinary areas located in their own state.  This summer, participants who are up to the challenge will visit one or more pre-selected natural sites, where they can explore the property through a series of fun, family-friendly activities and enter for a chance to win a 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid.

Nature is even closer than most people think! Several of these magnificent sites are located within and around some of Ohio’s largest cities making it easy for your readers to visit for the day – including Cincinnati’s Ault Park, Columbus’s Pickerington Ponds Metropark (pictured below), Cleveland’s Edgewater Park and Toledo’s Side Cut Metropark.

The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the challenge as a way to help showcase some of Ohio’s beloved natural areas, and encourage learning about different natural features of the state.

For a chance to win, Ohio residents visit one or more specially selected areas and upload a photo of themselves with that site’s designated landmark. Participants can locate nearby treasured areas and site-specific details online. One grand prize winner will receive the 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid and five second place winners will receive $500 REI gift cards.

In addition to entering to win, participants are encouraged to explore the properties through a series of fun, family-friendly activities which can also be found online. Activities range from an adventurous game of “I Spy” in the Windows of Wildlife viewing area at Toledo’s Side Cut Metropark to a leisurely stroll through Cincinnati’s Mount Airy Forest arboretum.

“Whether you’re a patio dweller, backyard camper or a frontier explorer, we have selected various accessible areas for Ohioans to experience the outdoors within their own comfort levels,” said Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. “Natural Treasures of Ohio highlights the diversity of the Buckeye State’s extraordinary natural areas, showing families that experiencing nature is closer and easier than you think. We believe that if Ohioans discover and come to know these areas, they’ll be inspired to help us protect them.”

Since 1958, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Ohio.

“This is a unique way for Ohioans to experience the natural beauty that our state has to offer,” said Schostek, Honda of America senior vice president. “We invite everyone to enjoy the environment with friends and family through Natural Treasures of Ohio — a collaboration we are honored to host for Ohio residents.”

Visit the Natural Treasures of Ohio site to learn more and start adventuring!

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