Registration starts for Nature Bowl contest

Published: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Registration is open for the 29th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition for students in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills.

The program is coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Game and local organizations and agencies to increase science and conservation literacy of third- to sixth-grade students.

Participants employ teamwork, creativity and critical thinking while participating in group-learning activities, according to a Department of Fish and Game news release.

Teachers, youth group leaders or parents can sign up to coach a team. The entry fee for each team is $20 and covers materials.

Workshops are scheduled in January for Nature Bowl coaches to integrate environmental science concepts and conservation information into classroom curriculum. New coaches are encouraged to attend one of the workshops.

The semifinals will be between mid-March and mid-May at several locations.

Teams consist of three to seven children each, with the top scoring teams advancing to the finals May 18 at California State University, Sacramento.

For more information, call (916) 358-2869 or go to www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl .

– Bee staff

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