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Nature Bowl Returns to Explorit

This article appeared in the September 22, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Nature Bowl Returns to Explorit

Vernal pools are one of many California ecosystems studied in Nature Bowl.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


On the table is a tote bag. The tote bag contains five stuffed animals. You and your team mates have sixty seconds to arrange these animals into a commonly occurring food chain and identify the region where this food chain would be found. Are these animals from the Sierra foothills? Or delta wetlands?


If this sounds like a fun challenge to you and you happen to be in 3rd through 6th grade, you are an excellent candidate for Explorit Science Center’s Nature Bowl team this year.

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 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with more than a dozen nature and environmental organizations.


Each year teams of third- and fourth- or fifth- and sixth-graders compete at different semi-finals sites, including at the Yolo Basin Foundation, for a spot at the state finals on the CSU Sacramento campus in the Spring. Teams prepare for competition by drafting enviromercials, one-minute presentations on an environmental issue in California’s central valley including causes, effects and solutions.


The Nature Bowl challenges students to think about the ecology of central California while considering human responses to a range of environmental issues from wildfires to highway construction. Students are encouraged to think innovatively about solutions to environmental problems and take action at the local level. Nature Bowl participants don’t just learn about conservation; they practice it.


Joining Explorit’s team is easy, and is open to all 3rd-6th graders. You can register by calling Explorit at (530) 756-0191. Your $20 registration fee covers all supplies for the entire year, plus a t-shirt. Nature Bowl meets Thursdays in Explorit’s West Wing classroom, 3:45-4:45 p.m. beginning October 5. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this amazing nature adventure!



Explorit’s coming events:


●      The space aliens are landing--this October at Explorit. Join us on Saturday, October 21 and 28 to follow the clues and solve an all-new sci-fi mystery at Spooky Science Night, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Special preview night for Girl Scouts on Friday, October 20 and Boy Scouts on Friday, October 27.

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition.

●      Explorit is entering into its annual fundraising drive. 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 by making a gift at, or call us for more details.

●      Interested in membership? Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up.

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



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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