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

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

DUBLIN, OH  | August 01, 2014

Enjoying the fountain at Cincinnati’s Ault Park. Sheltering in the cool shade of Ash Cave in the Hocking Hills. Watching the butterflies at The Nature Conservancy’s Kitty Todd Preserve near Toledo or catching the rays at Cleveland’s Edgewater Park.

With summer in full swing, Ohio’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 new car.

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Honda announce the highly-anticipated summer Natural Treasures challenge that gives Buckeyes an opportunity to explore natural sites in Ohio as well as the chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid. The challenge runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 (more information at

The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the Natural Treasures challenge as a way to help showcase some of Ohio’s protected “hidden gems,” and to encourage learning about different natural features of the state. Since 1958, the Conservancy has protected more than 60,000 acres of critical natural lands in Ohio.

“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 Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. “If Ohioans discover and come to know these areas, they’ll be inspired to help us protect them.”

It’s as simple as taking a ‘selfie’. For a chance to win, participants can visit one or more of some of Ohio’s best natural areas and record their visit by taking a photo of themselves, then upload the photo to to enter the sweepstakes. Each time they visit a new site, they get another entry in the sweepstakes. Only one entry is allowed per site. Participants also may enter by showing off their Personal Natural Treasure by uploading a picture of themselves taken at their favorite place in nature. Only one entry of a personal natural treasure is allowed.

For the full list of the recommended sites in Ohio, participants can visit One grand prize winner will receive the new Honda Civic Hybrid.

For example, Columbus residents can enter the sweepstakes by visiting Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – 7,000 acres of prairies, fields and forests along more than 20 miles of the Big and Little Darby Creeks. Hike a trail or have a picnic, 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,” Knights 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. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Randy Edwards
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