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Nature Bowl Winners Get Real-World Fish Experience

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353 (day of event contact)
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Who: Thirty grade school students from Lake Forest Elementary (El Dorado Hills), Latrobe Elementary (Shingle Springs), Korematsu Elementary (Davis), Patwin Elementary (Davis), Valley Springs Elementary (Calaveras County), the California Montessori Project (El Dorado County) and the Rancho Murieta Cub Scouts.

What: Students will help the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff release hatchery raised rainbow trout into the wild.

When: Monday, June 2 at 8 a.m.
Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the American River Trout Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, where CDFW staff will load trout into a truck for transport. Nature Bowl winners will then caravan to Ice House and Loon Lakes in the High Sierra. Between 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., students will help plant the hatchery-raised trout in the lakes.

Where: Media may capture the trout loading and youth visiting at American River Trout Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River (95670) between 8 and 8:50 a.m., or go directly to Ice House Reservoir and Loon Lake located in the El Dorado National Forest. Take Hwy 50 to Riverton, approximately 22 miles east of Placerville, and turn left onto Ice House Road. Proceed to the Ice House Lake turnoff, approximately five miles.

CDFW sponsors the trout plant for the Nature Bowl winners as a reward for a job well done. It gives them a chance to see fisheries management in action, learn trout biology and may even inspire some to become environmental scientists or nature specialists.

The Nature Bowl program is sponsored by CDFW, the American River Conservancy, the Calaveras County Office of Education, the California Waterfowl Association, the Placer Nature Center, the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Sutter County Resource Conservation District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – New Melones Lake and the Yolo Basin Foundation, with support from the Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society.

CDFW Hosts Nature Bowl Finals at Sacramento State


Media Contacts:

Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Bruce Forman, CDFW Program Coordinator, (916) 591-1161 (day of event contact)

Nature Competition Educates Grade School Students on Conservation Issues

WHO: Nature Bowl is a partnership of the American River Natural History Association, American River Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Waterfowl Association, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association, Placer Nature Center, Calaveras County Office of Education, Sutter County Resource Conservation District, Bureau of Reclamation and Yolo Basin Foundation.

WHAT: The Nature Bowl is a science competition open to grade school students from any school, group or organized youth club. Participants employ teamwork, creativity and critical thinking while participating in group learning activities centered on local and regional natural environments.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: California State University, Sacramento – Union Building.

WHY: Nature Bowl is a fun learning experience designed to increase science and conservation literacy, while motivating students to be actively involved in their community. Students participate in a variety of activities including: team questions, “enviromercials” on local issues, nature investigations, nature relay and eco-jeopardy.

Twenty-four teams (of the original 102 from seven semi-finals) from eight counties will compete. Teams of seven students participated in two divisions: 8:10 a.m. to noon for 3rd-4th grade teams and 1– 5 p.m. for 5th-6th grade teams. Awards ceremonies follow each.

More details on the competition categories can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl/.

Registration Opens for Nature Bowl Science and Conservation Program

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, DFG Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353 or (916) 591-1161
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Registration is open for the 29th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition held each spring for students in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills.

The program is coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and local organizations and agencies to increase science and conservation literacy of third- to sixth-grade students.

Participants employ teamwork, creativity and critical thinking while participating in group-learning activities centered on local and regional natural environments. It is open to students from interested schools or organized youth clubs.

Teachers, youth group leaders or parents can sign up to coach a team. The entry fee for each team is $20 and includes materials.

Workshops are scheduled in January for Nature Bowl coaches to integrate environmental science concepts and conservation information into classroom curriculum. New coaches are encouraged to attend one of these workshops.

The semifinals will be between mid-March and mid-May at several locations, including: Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova; Stone Lakes Refuge in Elk Grove; Gibson Ranch in Elverta; Sierra College in Rocklin; Placer Nature Center in Auburn; American River Nature Center in Coloma; New Melones Lake in Angels Camp, and at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Davis.

Teams consist of three to seven children each with the top scoring teams advancing to the finals that will be held at California State University, Sacramento on May 18, 2013.

For more information about the Nature Bowl, please call DFG at (916) 358-2869 or visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl.

Registration Opens for Nature Bowl Science and Conservation Competition

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, DFG Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353 or (916) 591-1161
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

A girl and a boy sitting on a lawn, working on projects.
2011 Nature Bowl competitors. JoeFerreira/DFG photo.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites parents and teachers to help their children have fun learning about California’s natural resources. Registration is now open for the 28th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition held each spring. This popular program increases the science and conservation literacy of third- to sixth-grade students in the Sacramento Valley and Foothills.

“The participants learn about the natural environments where they live, as well as how to employ teamwork, creativity and critical thinking,” said Nature Bowl Coordinator Bruce Forman.

The Nature Bowl is open to students from any school, group or organized youth club in the area. Teams will consist of three to seven children each. The day-long, semi-final events are held during March and April in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. Several groups will advance to the final event that will be held May 5, 2012.

Prior to the semi-finals, there will be a series of workshops for coaches. Integrating environmental science concepts and conservation information into the classroom curriculum (following the State Science Standards), these workshops help prepare students for the competition. Teachers, youth group leaders or parents may sign up to coach a team. The entry fee for each team is $20, which pays for materials provided.

A coaches’ workshop will be held on Jan. 17, 2012 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova. Make reservations by calling (916) 358-2884. Students in Sacramento County will have a choice of two semi-finals to attend at Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Gold River, on April 10 or April 12.

For more information about the Nature Bowl please call DFG at (916) 358-2353 or go to the DFG website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/education/Naturebowl.

Local Students Win Annual Nature Bowl Competition

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, DFG Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353 or (916) 591-1161
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Four schools in the greater Sacramento area took top honors in the 27th annual Nature Bowl competition organized by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The winning students will help DFG wildlife professionals stock trout at Jenkinson Lake near Pollock Pines on June 2.

Man wearing DFG uniform, speaking on stage
DFG NatureBowl Coordinator BruceForman

The Nature Bowl is a regional, cooperative team competition focusing on activities and questions regarding environmental science and natural resource conservation topics that correlate to California Education Standards for Science. The annual spring event serves students from schools in eight counties.

“It’s a window to conservation for more than 500 youth,” said Bruce Forman, Interpretive Services Supervisor and coordinator of the Nature Bowl. “The competit

ion helps children learn more about their environment, and encourages their involvement in conservation efforts in their communities. DFG sponsors the trout plant for the winners of this competition as a reward for a job well done. It’s a fun way to end the school year and have a bonus field trip.”

This year’s event was held in March and April, with the winning teams named on May 21. Students forming 82 teams from seven counties competed in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties. The top-scoring teams in the third and fourth grade division were:

Two children sit on grass and work with small projects
Two young competitors in the 2011 Nature Bowl
  • First Place – Lake Forest Elementary, El Dorado Hills
  • Second Place – Korematsu Elementary, Davis
  • Third Place – Latrobe Elementary, Shingle Springs
  • Fourth Place – Deterding Elementary, Carmichael

Winners in the fifth and sixth grade division were:

  • First Place – Lake Forest School, El Dorado Hills
  • Second Place – Deterding Elementary, Carmichael
  • Third Place – Korematsu Elementary, Davis
  • Fourth Place – Latrobe Elementary, Shingle Springs

The Nature Bowl competition is made possible by DFG’s co-sponsors: the American River Natural History Association, American River Conservancy, California Waterfowl Association, Placer Nature Center, Save our Sandhill Cranes, Yolo Basin Foundation and California State University, Sacramento.