Registration opens for 2015 Nature Bowl

Registration is open for coaches and their teams in the Sacramento Valley and the Northern-Central Sierra Nevada to participate in the 2015 Nature Bowl, the 30th year of the science-based program for 3rd through 6th graders.

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael will be one of the host sites for next year’s statewide event, which is sponsored by conservation and wildlife groups and coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Nature Bowl is designed to increase ecological knowledge and conservation literacy among children while enabling them to build teamwork skills and sharpen their creative and critical thinking abilities.

Teams of up to eight children should combine children from 3rd and 4th grades or 5th and 6th grades. The children can be from schools, clubs, scout troops, home schools or other organizations. Each group may enter one team in each age category. Entry fee is $25 per team.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center will hold a Jan. 8 workshop for registered coaches to learn how to best prepare their teams.

Program sites – where teams will be scored performing various tasks in the semi-finals – also will include the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Nimbus Hatchery, American River Nature Center and Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The semi-finals are set for March through May, and selection of sites is first-come, first-served.

Two front-runner teams from each site will advance to final competition May 16 at California State University, Sacramento.

For information and a registration link, visit state Fish and Wildlife,

Or call or email Bruce Forman, state Fish and Wildlife, (916) 358-2353, email

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.