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Explorit’s Award-Winning Nature Bowl Team Seeks New Recruits

This article appeared in the September 14, 2018 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Explorit’s Award-Winning Nature Bowl Team Seeks New Recruits

Explorit's award-winning 2017-2018 Nature Bowl team with coach Robert Fairclough. Photo by Explorit Science Center.


By Robert Fairclough and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Do you love Mother Nature and her mysteries? If you are in 3rd-6th grade, consider joining Explorit’s Nature Bowl team!

Nature Bowl is an annual science-based educational program for 3rd – 6th graders that increases ecological knowledge and conservation literacy. The program is coordinated by theCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with more than a dozen nature and environmental organizations.

Come join us at Explorit Science Center once a week on Thursdays beginning October 4 after at 3:45 PM for practice of all the skills required for the fun and experience of Nature Bowl culminating in the spring Competition of 2019! In preparing for this event you will make an Enviro-mercial to alert the public to an ecological disaster of your choice, and propose a solution to the problem.

You will learn the bell ringer game, the team relay game, and the identification of nature’s wonders exercising your knowledge of a spectrum of questions and answers about nature’s mysteries. The preparation is just unmitigated, uproariously wild fun.

 Explorit hopes to recruit two teams drawn from the Davis elementary schools consisting of eight members each: a grade 3/4 team, and a grade 5/6 team. Our 3-member teams last year performed very well in the semifinals with the 3/4 -graders coming in 1st place and ⅚-graders coming in 2nd

The ¾-grade team went to the finals at Sac State and came in 2nd. The 5/6 team just missed qualifying for the Nature Bowl Finals by the narrowest of margins. This year we hope to send both teams to the finals. Please help us achieve this goal. 

To sign up for this adventure call Explorit at 530-756-0191. A $20 registration fee is required to help cover operating costs. Registration is open now. Come join the fun!


Explorit’s coming events:


●      Visit our Feathers exhibition, now through October10! Explorit’sExploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

●      Save the date for Monday, October 15 and join us for the grand unveiling of our latest museum exhibition Earth Explorations, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Members get exclusive early access at 4:00 p.m. $5 for members, $7 for non-members, children 2 and under are free.

●      Spooky Science returns for another year of immersive, sci-fi fun. This year’s all-new mystery opens to the public Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, with a preview weekend for Boy and Girl Scouts on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, 6:00-9:00 p.m. each night. Children 3-17 are $10, adults and children 2 and under are free. Registration is open now. Call 530-756-0191 to sign up.

●      Consider a donation to Explorit. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at, or call us for more details.

●      Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at


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