Nature Bowl 2013

Engaging Youth in Science, Conservation and Citizenship!
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What is the Nature Bowl?

How Does the Nature Bowl Work?

Students doing a enviro-mercial about bees.Teams of three to seven students participate in two divisions: 3rd-4th grades and 5th-6th grades (only one team per division from any given school or club). The teams work together to find answers to environment-related questions that are aligned with State Science Standards.

These questions/challenges are framed in several engaging and popular programs that have been developed through the years. Here are some of the challenging programs that your students can look forward to:

BELL-RINGERS: Short answer questions will be given for all teams to answer on a “first ring” basis. Fun times for quick thinkers!

ENVIRO-MERCIAL: What’s an environmental issue in your region? Present it in one minute, including causes, effects, and solutions! Students use their ingenuity and creativity, with many leading to actions in their school, neighborhood or community.

NATURE INVESTIGATIONS: Each team answers a set of exploratory questions through outside investigations. Emphasis is on team work for problem solving. The team becomes nature detectives searching for un-natural items, living specimens, signs of wildlife, etc.

NATURE RELAY: Items representing environmental terms or concepts are placed on a snow disk. Team members line up opposite the items and run one at a time to pick an item that represents the concept given. An all-time favorite of Nature Bowlers.

TEAM PROBLEMS: Each team will be given a series of hands-on questions to answer. Examples are constructing food chains, matching tools to adaptations, comparing products of renewable and non-renewable resources and deciding which can be recycled, reused and reduced, or even acting out a concept (charades).

All teams are invited to one semi-final event (dates vary in Spring). A small number of teams can participate. A small number of teams advance to the finals. The competitive aspect of the program is de-emphasized so all students feel comfortable, achieve success in learning, and enjoy the activities! Any child with interest can participate.


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How do I get started? What are my obligations?

First, attend either the Coaches Workshop or the Extended Coaches Workshop (on a Saturday).

These workshops provide coaches (new and returning) with a packet that includes a glossary aligned to State Science Standards and a description of activities along with guidance on how to prepare their teams for success.

Who can be a Coach?
Coaches can be teachers, parents, youth leaders, student teachers—anyone who wants to guide young team members through this discovery of nature.

Visit www.creec.org/region3 (and region 6) to access a wide array of environmental education resources specifi to our area; the best source for this in California - from curriculum, materials, exhibits and sites to funding and teacher professional development opportunities. Advance your instruction for the entire class as well.


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2013 Program Schedule

The Nature Bowl program—the workshops and semifinals—is offered throughout the Sacramento Valley, Stockton and in the Sierra foothills. This wide dispersion makes it easier for you to choose a location. Indicate clearly on the Nature Bowl Registration Form (PDF) which location you will be attending. Feel free to contact the program site representatives with questions or for more details.

Program Sites Workshop SemiFinals Contact #
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Mail to: P.O. Box 943, Davis, CA 95617
45211 County Rd. 32B, Davis, CA 95618
Check payable to California Wildlife Foundation
January 14
4:00–5:15 pm
March 13 Corky Quirk
(530) 902-1918
Cquirk@yolobasin.org
American River Nature Center
Mail to: P.O. Box 562, (348 Highway 49
Coloma, CA 95613
Check payable to American River Conservancy
January 16
4:30–5:45 pm
March 15, 19 (each team attends one) Lindsay Raber
(530) 621-1224
lindsay@arconservancy.org
New Melones Lake & Visitor Center
Hwy 49 south of Angels Camp.
Mail to:
CCOE P.O. Box 760, Angles Camp, CA 95221 Check payable to California Wildlife Foundation
Feb 7, 4:15-5:30 pm
Calaveras Co. Office of Education, 185 So. Main St., Angels Camp
May 9 Wendy Harrison
(209) 736-6009
wharrison@ccoe.k12.ca.us
Nimbus Hatchery
Mail to: 1701 Nimbus Rd.
Rancho Cordova CA 95670
Check payable to California Wildlife Foundation
January 17
3:45–5:00 pm
April 10, May 7 (each team attends one) Laura Drath
(916)358-2884
ldrath@dfg.ca.gov
Placer Nature Center *
3700 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn CA 95602
Check payable to California Wildlife Foundation
January 12 *
9:00–12:30 pm
March 21 Linda Desai
(530) 878-6053
linda@placernaturecenter.org
Gibson Ranch County Park, Elverta Rd., Elverta
Mail to: California Waterfowl Assoc, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678 Check payable to: California Wildlife Foundation
Jan. 23- 3:45-5:00
DFG Training Office North Sacramento
April 8 Sabreena Kasbati
(916) 648-1406, ext 102
skasbati@calwaterfowl.org
Sierra College, Biology Dept., 5000 Rocklin Rd. Rocklin, CA 95677 Check payable to: California Wildlife Foundation January 22
4:00-5:15pm
May 3 Keely Carroll (916) 660-7923
kcarroll@sierracollege.edu
Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Mail to: 8921 Dontree Way, Elk Grove CA 95624
venue: Hood-Franklin Rd., Elk Grove
Check payable to California Wildlife Foundation
January 24 4:00-5:15 May 1 Ellen Vasta , 685-4057 ellenvasta@yahoo.com
Priscilla Cox, pshirescox@earthlink.net

* Attendance at workshop is highly suggested for newcomers. This is the extended workshop (see below for details).

Workshops: These sessions are late afternoons on weekdays and provide coaches (new and returning) with a packet that includes a glossary and description of activities with sample questions and answers to any questions you may have. Time is also spent on resources to prepare. Please see the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) website for a full listing of environmental education resources available in the region www.creec.org.

Extended Workshop: Valuable for new coaches and agreat brush up for veteran coaches. Get an overview of activities and how to get started training. Instruction is followed by a mock Nature Bowl. Workshop fee is $10 fee per coach, which includes a packet containing a glossary and description of activities with sample questions. Ideas shared, and each activity in the Nature Bowl is reviewed.

Please contact Linda Desai, Placer Nature Center, linda@placernaturecenter.org (530) 878-6053 about this special workshop.

Semifinals: Two formats: Some sites have the 3rd and 4th grade division compete in the morning, 8:30am - 12:30pm, and the 5th and 6th grade division compete in the afternoon from 12:20 to 4:30. At other sites, all grades participate at the same time (approx 9:30am - 3:30 pm).

Finals: May 18, 2013 at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)


What is Nature Bowl? | How Do Get Started? | Program Schedule | Register
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Register


What is Nature Bowl? | How Do Get Started? | Program Schedule | Register
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Testimonials

“I appreciate the lack of emphasis on competition, the amount of instruction, and the guidance and teaching done by the judges.”
  —Cindy Fleming, Indian Diggings School

“A program like this provides motivation to the unifying concept and makes learning more fun. It also builds team work since the other students in the class contribute to the teams learning in cooperative activities and presentations.”
  —Stephani Saranillo, Mariposa School

“Nature Bowl helps my students become environmentally conscious enough to change the choices they make in everyday life. Nature Bowl is a positive, exciting, nurturing activity for all participants.”
  —Veronica Schwalbach, Deterding School

“The Nature Bowl inspires kids to take actions to practice conservation. They’ve become leaders for a “green” campus. Their choices reflect responsibility that they’ve learned which will last them a lifetime.”
  —Lili Joy, Latrobe School

"The Nature Bowl helps to make learning fun and teaches cooperation. It uses the community where kids live as the classroom, and this helps to make everything they experience very relevant and meaningful."
  —Bobbie Winn, Wilton 4-H Club

“My underachieving students were turned upside down by Nature Bowl. Their excitement for learning and working together blossomed with this well conceived and well run program.”
  —Alma Quesnal, Edward Kimble School


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The Nature Bowl Program is sponsored by:

Thanks to funding from:


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For more information, please contact:

Bruce Forman
California Department of Fish and Game

1701 Nimbus Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Call (916) 358-2353 or email Bforman@dfg.ca.gov

The Nature Bowl is coordinated by DFG in partnership with the organizations above.


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