Month: May 2012

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Beach Safety Tips: Stay Safe

COLUMBUS, OH- With the arrival of Memorial Day and more sunny seasonal weather, many people turn to a day of refreshing swimming fun at an Ohio State Park beach. Making the day safe is just as important as enjoying the visit, which is the focus of SwimSafe!, the state park beach safety program.

SwimSafe! is a program which focuses on the importance of parental supervision for children, as well as preparation, awareness and personal responsibility for swimmers of all ages. The OhioDepartment of Natural Resources (ODNR) implemented this safety campaign in 2000.

To fully enjoy a safe outing at a park beach, follow these SwimSafe! tips:

● Keep a sharp eye on young children while they are in the water;

● Lakes are not swimming pools, the water is murky and people may not notice where it becomes deeper, so exercise caution;

● Bring a cellphone to make an emergency call if necessary. Check that cellphone service is available at that location before swimming;

● Swim only in designated areas of the beach and the lake;

● Use the buddy system and designate one member of the party to remain on the beach to keep watch on the others while they are swimming;

● Enjoy the fun that water offers, but take regular breaks and relax on the beach;

● Alcohol and swimming do not mix. Leave alcoholic beverages at home when coming to the beach; and

● It cannot be emphasized enough: watch children at all times!

“Safety is vital for family outings in our parks,” said Glen Cobb, chief of Ohio State Parks. “Keeping children safe around water is a top priority, and all parents and adult guardians should know where their children are during an outing to a state park beach.”

Ohio State Parks offer 78 beaches on 47 inland lakes in addition to nine beaches on Lake Erie. There are also 20 swimming pools in the state park system. Last year, more than 4.1 million people visited state park beaches and pools across Ohio.

Ohio State Parks are operated by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Recreation. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at:


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ODNR Wants Your #Boating Photos

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Sailboat and Kayak (Photo credit: lcthulou)

COLUMBUS, OH- Photography enthusiasts willing to capture the essence of Ohio’s recreational boating and spread the joy of being on Ohio’s waters can submit their photos to the OhioDepartment of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft. Selected images will be highlighted in an online photo gallery.

The 2012 “Enjoying the Water” photo challenge is an opportunity for photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for Ohio’s spectacular boating opportunities. Photographs taken between Dec. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30 on Ohio waters can be submitted to the Division of Watercraft through Nov. 30.

Submissions must be the original work of the photographer and can portray any type of legal and safe boating related activity on any kind of registered watercraft. They can incorporate shoreline landscapes, wildlife or people enjoying a variety of boating activities. Both black and white and color photographs will be accepted. All submissions become the property of the Ohio Division of Watercraft.

Outstanding photographs will be featured on the Watercraft website and Facebook photo gallery. These photos may also be used to promote safe, responsible boating through the website and publications.

For guidelines and additional information, visit To enter, send an email to with the attached digital photo.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Information about ODNR programs and recreational facilities is available online

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Win A Honda: Natural Treasures of Ohio Contest

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Honda Insight Back (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. launched their highly anticipated summer challenge, Natural Treasures of Ohio, giving Ohioans great opportunities to explore natural sites in Ohio and the chance to win a 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid. The challenge runs now through August 8 or Facebook

The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the challenge as a way to help showcase some of Ohio’s beloved natural areas, and encourage learning about different natural features of the state.

For a chance to win, Ohio residents visit one or more specially selected 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.

In addition to entering to win, participants are encouraged to explore the properties through a series of fun, family-friendly activities which can also be found online. Activities range from an adventurous game of “I Spy” in the Windows of Wildlife viewing area at Toledo’s Side Cut Metropark to a leisurely stroll through Cincinnati’s Mount Airy Forest arboretum.

“Whether you’re a patio dweller, backyard camper or a frontier explorer, we have selected various accessible areas for Ohioans to experience the outdoors within their own comfort levels,” said Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. “Natural Treasures of Ohio highlights the diversity of the Buckeye State’s extraordinary natural areas, showing families that experiencing nature is closer and easier than you think. We believe that if Ohioans discover and come to know these areas, they’ll be inspired to help us protect them.”

Since 1958, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Ohio.

“This is a unique way for Ohioans to experience the natural beauty that our state has to offer,” said Rick Schostek, Honda of America senior vice president. “We invite everyone to enjoy the environment with friends and family through Natural Treasures of Ohio — a collaboration we are honored to host for Ohio residents.”

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading 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. Since 1958, the Conservancy has protected more than 55,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Ohio. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at

About Honda in Ohio

Honda operates a number of operations in Ohio that include four manufacturing plants, a major R&D center for the development of new products, and other operations that support the manufacturing, development and sales of Honda and Acura products for American customers. The company’s environmental vision calls for realizing the freedom of mobility in an environment where people can enjoy life in a sustainable society.  To this end, 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. For more information about Honda, visit and

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