This summer, Five Rivers MetroParks has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. to help Ohio residents experience the outdoors in a new way with Natural Treasures of Ohio contest. Now through August 8, Ohioans can enter for a chance to win a 2012 Honda Insight hybrid at www.nature.org/naturaltreasuresohio or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ohionatureconservancy.
As part of the challenge, Ohio residents must visit one or more specially selected natural 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.
Englewood MetroParkis one of the eligible landmark locations. “Martindale Falls has long been a fun hiking
destination for visitors to Englewood MetroPark,” says Executive Director Becky Benná. “We hope this contest will encourage those who haven’t visited this park—or the other Natural Treasures locations—to explore their local parks and really enjoy the simple beauty of nature.”
To find the location, access the park from the entrance at 4361 National Road (U.S. Route 40) and park near the trailhead at Patty’s Shelter. From there, visitors can customize their hiking experience to find Martindale Falls. Taking the yellow trail north to the green trail will be the shortest hike, or visitors can make a longer hike using any of the connecting trail loops. Maps are available online or at the trailhead. Downloadable apps also will help visitors navigate Englewood and other MetroParks.
For more information visit www.metroparks.org or call (937) 275-PARK (7275) weekdays.