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.