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Nature Bowl Winners to Release Rainbow Trout into Wild

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, North Central Region, (916) 358-2353 (day of event contact)
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Who: Thirty grade-school students from Phoebe Hearst Elementary (Sacramento), Latrobe Elementary (Shingle Springs), Korematsu Elementary (Davis), Patwin Elementary (Davis), California Montessori Project (Shingle Springs) and Deterding (Carmichael) schools.

What: Students will help the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff release hatchery raised rainbow trout into the wild.

When: Students will meet Tuesday, June 2 at 8 a.m. at the American River Trout Hatchery in Rancho Cordova to watch CDFW staff load the trout into a truck for transport. Participants will then caravan to the Silver Fork/Kyburz area for a 10:30 a.m. release. The event is expected to conclude by noon.

Where: Media may capture the trout loading at American River Trout Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River (95670) between 8 and 8:50 a.m., or go directly to Silver Fork Campground area on Silver Fork Rd. Take Hwy 50 past Kyburz to Silver Fork, approx. 30 miles east of Placerville. Take Silver Fork Rd. a few miles up.

CDFW sponsors the trout plant for the Nature Bowl winners as a reward for a job well done. The planting gives them a chance to see fisheries management in action, learn trout biology and 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, Friends of Stone Lakes Refuge, 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.

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)

CDFW Opens Registration for Nature Bowl

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, CDFW North Central Region Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2869
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Science and Conservation Competition Reaches 30-year Milestone

Registration is now open for the 30th 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 eight students each, and several teams will advance to the finals to be held at California State University, Sacramento on May 16, 2015.

Teachers, youth group leaders or parents can coach a team. CDFW will hold coaches’ workshops in the Sacramento area on following dates:

• Jan. 8 at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael with the semifinal at that site on March 28. For more information, please call (916) 489-4918.

• Jan. 15 at the Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova with the semifinal at that site on April 14. For more information, please call (916) 358-2884.

• Jan. 27 at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge with the semifinal at that site on April 23. For more information, please call (916) 685-4057.

For all other information, including dates for other coaches’ workshops, please call (916) 358-2353 or visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/2/Nature-Bowl.

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.

CDFW Hosts Nature Bowl Finals at Sacramento State


Media Contacts:

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/.