Nature Conservancy Announces ‘Natural Treasures’ Challenge, Inviting Hoosiers to Visit the State’s Natural Areas

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

Indianapolis, Indiana | July 24, 2014

Walking the Tall Timbers Trail at Big Walnut. Trekking through the abandoned town of Conrad. Hopping over to the Rabbit Hash Trail. Gazing at the endless waterfowl at Goose Pond. Or checking out the amazing wildlife at Eagle Marsh.

With summer in full swing, Indiana’s natural areas are calling your name, inviting you to get outside and explore. While you’re at it, take a photo – and you may win a Honda Civic Hybrid!

The Nature Conservancy and Honda announce the highly anticipated summer Natural Treasures challenge that gives Hoosiers an opportunity to explore natural sites in Indiana, as well as the chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid. The contest officially starts on August 1, so start planning now to visit these beautiful sites that reflect the natural beauty of Indiana.

The challenge runs through September 30. Visit to learn more, and sign up for updates on the sweepstakes.

Since 1959, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 80,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Indiana. The Nature Conservancy and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. developed the Natural Treasures challenge as a way to help showcase some of Indiana’s protected “hidden gems,” and to encourage learning about different natural features of the state.

“No matter where you live in our state, we have selected various accessible areas for Hoosier families to experience the natural wonders of Indiana,” said Mary McConnell, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. “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. If Hoosiers discover and come to know these areas, they’ll be inspired to help us protect them.”

For a chance to win, participants can visit one or more of some of Indiana's best natural areas and record their visit by taking a photo of themselves, then upload the photo to to enter the sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a Honda Civic Hybrid. Visit for complete rules and a map of Indiana sites.

For example, Indianapolis-area residents can enter the sweepstakes by visiting the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tour the grounds and check out Funky Bones, take a photo, submit to the website—you’re entered!

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 about getting their kids outside as much 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.

“Splash pads in the backyard are cool, but parents and grandparents can also throw some outdoor adventure into the mix this summer,” McConnell said. “Whether it’s skipping stones into a river or studying animal tracks, having fun at a natural area can mean so much to young minds.”

Get out and enjoy!

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

Chip Sutton
The Nature Conservancy
(317) 829-3915


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