U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
Date: September 25, 2008
Contact: Ron Tull (202) 208-5089
Rick Hesterberg
(502) 868-2135

Take Pride in America Heartland Voluntour Joins Toyota for National Public Lands Day Event

Who: Take Pride in America® Voluntour Across America, Heartland Voluntour joins employees from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Georgetown, Kentucky for a National Public Lands Day event.  
What: The final event for the Take Pride in America, Heartland Voluntour. Volunteers will build a 200-ft. boardwalk to allow handicap access along the "Toyota HabiTrek Trail," perform several general clean up & maintenance projects, and create two additional short trails within the exhibit area.
Where: The Salato Wildlife Education Center. Near Frankfort, Ky.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Directions: The Salato Center is located on the grounds of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Headquarters. From I-64 at Frankfort, take exit 53B to US 127 north and travel 1.5 miles to US 60. Turn left and drive 1.7 miles west on US 60 to the entrance of the KDFWR on the right. Turn right into the complex and proceed ahead 0.5 miles to the Salato Wildlife Education Center.

This leg of the Toyota-sponsored nationwide "Voluntour Across America" trip called the "Heartland Voluntour" features Take Pride in America staff traveling in a Toyota Highlander to wildlife refuges, schools, and state parks, all to recognize the efforts and impact of volunteers in different settings.

Earlier this year, the Voluntour Across America logged more than 5,200 miles, as Take Pride in America staff traveled through the West Coast and the Southeast in a Toyota hybrid participating in a wide range of events to promote volunteerism on public lands.

Heartland Voluntour Schedule

Saturday, September 13, 2008 - Mound City, Missouri
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Work Day

Monday, September 15, 2008 - Johnston, Iowa
Saylorville Lake Visit

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - West Des Moines, Iowa
Take Pride in America School Visit with Dowling Catholic High School

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - Prairie City, Iowa
Environmental Education Program at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - Winona, Minnesota
Site visit with Cochran-Fountain City Future Farmers of America at the Upper Mississippi Refuge

Saturday, September 20, 2008 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kids in Nature Family Hike of the Ice Age Trail

Saturday, September 20, 2008 - Madison, Wisconsin
Brooklyn State Wildlife Area Volunteer Event

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - Columbus, Ohio
Keep Columbus Beautiful Ohio State University Event

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - Oak Harbor, Ohio
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visit

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - Georgetown, Kentucky
Toyota National Public Lands Day Event, Salato Wildlife Education Center

About Take Pride:
Take Pride in America® is a national partnership program administered by the Department of the Interior and authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of public lands. Take Pride in America is active in all 50 states, has partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and features Clint Eastwood as national spokesman. Citizen stewards know and count on Take Pride in America for the most comprehensive online portal of public lands volunteer opportunities and for showcasing the most outstanding public lands stewardship activities through the annual national award ceremony. For more information, visit www.TakePride.gov.

About Toyota:
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,427 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in 49 states. Established in 1957, TMS and its subsidiaries also are involved in distribution logistics, motorsports, and research and development. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.

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