​Nature Conservancy announces ‘Natural Treasures’ challenge, inviting Alabamians to visit the state’s natural areas and win a Honda Civic Hybrid

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 state sites, as well as the chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid. The contest officially starts on August 1 but explorers should start planning now to visit the beautiful sites that reflect the natural heritage of Alabama.

For example, Alabamians can enter the sweepstakes by visiting the Talladega National Forest. Tour the grounds, take a photo, submit to the website— you’re entered! One grand prize winner, from three participating states, will receive the new Honda Civic Hybrid.

For the full list of eight sites in Alabama, participants can visit http://www.Nature.org/NaturalTreasures. The challenge runs through September 30, 2014.

Since 1989, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 150,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Alabama. The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the Natural Treasures challenge as a way to help showcase some of Alabama’s protected “hidden gems,” and to encourage learning about different natural features of the state.

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

For a chance to win, explores can visit one or more of some of Alabama’s best natural areas and record their visit by taking a photo of themselves, then upload the photo to http://www.Nature.org/NaturalTreasures 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. Alternatively, participants may enter a picture of themselves anywhere in nature, but only one entry per participant is allowed in this situation.

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 percent 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.

*Associates of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Honda North America, American Honda and all partnering Honda companies, and their immediate families, are not eligible for all the ‘National Treasures’ contest.

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