30th Annual Nature Bowl Finals to be Held at Sacramento State

WHO: Local elementary and middle school participants in this year’s Nature Bowl competition. Teams consist of three to eight students in two grade divisions. Twenty-four teams from eight counties will compete. These are the winners from 108 original students that participated in seven semi-finals.

WHAT: The Nature Bowl is a science competition that employs teamwork, creativity and critical thinking, while participating in group learning activities centered on local and regional natural environments. The program is a partnership of the American River Natural History Association, American River Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Waterfowl Association, Friends of Stone Lakes Refuge, Placer Nature Center, Calaveras County Office of Education, Bureau of Reclamation and Yolo Basin Foundation. It is open to grade school students from any school, group or organized youth club.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Awards ceremonies follow each.

WHERE: Sacramento State University, Union Building, Sacramento, California 95819

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.

More details on the competition categories can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/nature-bowl.

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