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/.