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Toyota Wants You to Get off the Road

The National Audubon Society would like you to consider visiting one of their 100 nature centers and trees road claritapreserves for an end of summer trip or Labor Day weekend get-away. They are sweetening the deal with a chance to win a car.

If you pledge to take a trip or upload a picture of you and your family enjoying nature or a photo of a wildlife-studded landscape you will be entered to win a brand new Toyota Prius v.

There is no limit to the amount of pictures you can upload or tag with #exitthehighway via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts and each picture acts as an entry for the sweepstakes. Your photograph could even be featured as the “Photo of the Day” on their website.

The contest is part of the Exit the Highway initiative: a smaller piece of the five-year, joint program between Toyota and Audubon called TogetherGreen.

In 2008 Toyota awarded a grant of $20 million dollars to Audubon for the organization to kickstart TogetherGreen. The grant is the largest single grant Audubon has ever received to date.

Audubon uses the TogetherGreen program to promote conservation and stewardship of the environment through volunteerism and by awarding of grants to fellow organizations and communities committed to the same ideals.

In just four years TogetherGreen has “helped protect 250 species of birds and other wildlife, improved 10,000 acres of habitat, mobilized 220,000 individuals, collected two million pounds of recyclables and captured $5 million worth of volunteer time.”

deer mary k baird"It's not too late to fit in a summer trip that is scenic and educational at the same time," said Luisa Arnedo,  the TogetherGreen program manager at Audubon. "We hope our suggestions inspire people to consider nature as a vacation destination. So often, outdoor parks and recreation areas are right around the corner and we forget that they are filled with miles of opportunities to hike, bike, picnic or just relax."

At Exit the Highway’s website there is a selection of itineraries for a number of parks in every state to help plan your trip. Some of the areas are even close enough to the beach so you can maximize the amount of time spent relaxing during your stay.

The contest ends on September 4th and the winner will be announced on the 10th.

To begin uploading pictures from your recent foray into nature and for more information please visit togethergreen.org.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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