CDFW Opens Registration for Nature Bowl

Registration is now open for the 32nd annual Nature Bowl, an activity-based competition for elementary school students held annually each 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 area 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 eight locations in March and April. Teams will consist of three to eight students each and several teams will advance to the finals to be held in Sacramento in May.

Teachers, youth group leaders or parents can coach a team. Upcoming preparatory workshops are scheduled at the following times and locations:

  • Jan. 19, 2017 at the Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, with the semifinal scheduled at that site on April 6, 2017. For more information, please call (916) 358-2884.
  • Jan. 28, 2017 at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn, with the semifinal scheduled at that site on March 23, 2017. For more information, please call (530) 878-6053.
  • Jan. 17, 2017 at the American River Nature Center in Coloma, with the semifinals at that site on March 24 and March 28, 2017. For more information, please call (530) 621-1224.

For more information about the Nature Bowl, please call (916) 358-2852 or visit

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW Interpretive Services,(916) 358-2852
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958