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.

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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:

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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.