Nature Conservancy Launches ‘Natural Treasures’ Challenge, Inviting Alabamians to Visit the State’s Natural Areas

The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and Honda launch a summer sweepstakes for a chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid

Birmingham, AL | August 01, 2014

With summer in full swing, Alabama’s natural areas are calling your name, inviting you to get outside and explore.  From longleaf pine forest, beaches along the Gulf, to the mountains of north Alabama, Alabama's varied geography provides for a wide range of plant and animal diversity. 

To celebrate, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and Honda announce the highly-anticipated summer Natural Treasures challenge that gives Alabamians an opportunity to explore natural sites, as well as the chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid. The challenge runs August 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.  For more information, log on to Natural Treasures or on Facebook. 

Participating is easy.  Simply take a photo of yourself at a designated Natural Treasures location, and share it on our website for a chance to win.  Only one entry is allowed per site.  Designated locations include Cane Creek Canyon, Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve, Keel Mountain Preserve, Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Pratt's Ferry Preserve and the Talladega National Forest.

Participants also may enter by uploading a picture of themselves taken at their favorite place in nature. Only one entry of this type is allowed. 

The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the Natural Treasures challenge as a way to help showcase some of Alabama’s “natural gems,” and to encourage learning about different natural features of the state.  Since 1989, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama has helped protect more than 157,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Alabama.

“Natural Treasures highlights the diversity of our state’s extraordinary natural areas, and it shows families that experiencing nature is closer and easier than you think, said Chris Oberholster, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama. “When residents discover and come to know these areas, they’ll be inspired to help us protect them.”

While the sweepstakes is open only to residents 18 and older, Natural Treasures is still a great opportunity for families to enjoy nature.  A recent Nature Conservancy/Walt Disney poll has demonstrated that parents across the country worry as much about getting their kids outside as they do about bullying, the quality of education and obesity.  What’s more, 82% of U.S. parents view spending time in nature as “very important” to their children’s development – second only to reading as a priority. The message is clear: To parents, nature is not just “something to do,” it is a crucial part of growth.

Honda operates nine major manufacturing plants across the country, including plants in Ohio, Alabama, and Indiana. In 2012, the company marked 30 years of automobile manufacturing in the U.S. Honda has eliminated virtually all waste going to local landfills from its plants, and is continuing initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases throughout its operations.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Jacqueline Gray Miller
Alabama Marketing Manager
205 251-1155, ext 107


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