Nature Bowl 2017


Nature Bowl 2017 Semi-Finals were held at Blue Heron Trails in Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on April 18th and marked the 32nd year for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s event. Nearly 100 third through sixth grade students from schools in Elk Grove and Sacramento City Districts experienced the natural environment through engaging outdoor science activities. Volunteers from Friends of the Refuge judged at four stations – Nature Investigations, Bell Ringers/Team Problems, Enviro-mercials/Nature Game, and Nature Relay. Each participating student received a medal and a certificate. The schools from Elk Grove Unified School District selected to compete at the Finals on May 6th at Sacramento State University were both of Elk Grove Elementary teams – third/fourth graders as well as the fifth/sixth grade teams both coached by Kaila Williams and Kari Ballez and Carroll Elementary’s third/fourth grade team coached by Terri Washington. Pony Express from Sacramento City Unified School District qualified a fifth/sixth grade team coached by Linda Wortman and Sandy SanAhmadi. Joanie Cahill from CA Fish and Wildlife coordinated Nature Bowl activities with Ellen Vasta and Priscilla Cox, Friends of the Refuge Environmental Education Co-Chairs. The staff at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge provided equipment and support. Participating elementary schools were Carroll, Elk Grove, David Reese, Isabelle Jackson, Pony Express, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Carroll Elementary 3/4 Team


Elk Grove Elementary 3/4 and 5/6 Teams


Pony Express 3/4 and 5/6 Teams