Registration Opens for Nature Bowl Science and Conservation Competition

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2869
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Registration is now open for the 29th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition held in the spring. Coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with local organizations and agencies, the Nature Bowl increases the science and conservation literacy of third through sixth grade students in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills.

The Nature Bowl is open to 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. The first round will be held at 10 locations from mid-March through early May. Teams will consist of three to seven students each and several teams will advance to the finals to be held at California State University, Sacramento on May 17, 2014.

Teachers, youth group leaders or parents can coach a team. A coaches’ workshop is scheduled Jan. 16, 2014 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova and the semifinal at Nimbus Hatchery is scheduled April 3, 2014. For reservations, please call (916) 358-2884. Another coaches’ workshop is scheduled Jan. 15, 2014 at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael from 3:45 to 5 p.m., with the semifinal at Effie Yeaw Nature Center scheduled March 11, 2014. For more information, please call (916) 489-4918. A new semifinal is also being offered at Sutter’s Landing Regional Park in Sacramento on either May 1 or 2 (date to be determined). For more information, please call (916) 284-1627.

For more information about the Nature Bowl, please call (916) 358-2353 or visit the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl/.