Nature Bowl winners revel in release of rainbow trout
... The day began with students arriving at the American River Trout Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, where Fish and Wildlife staff loaded 800 pounds of rainbow trout onto a truck headed to El Dorado National Forest. There, the kids helped release the fish into the wild at the Ice House Reservoir and Loon Lake Forest.
Each child received a bucket containing a handful of fish that they dumped into the water.
To get selected for the hatchery program, students must go through the Nature Bowl competition, an environmental science and conservation program for third- to sixth-graders. The students compete in an array of environmental contests, such as relays in which students are asked “Jeopardy”-style questions.
Students also learned skills such as public speaking and lessons on California geography, history and the ecosystem, Fish and Wildlife officials said.
“My daughter wants to be a veterinarian, so this has been enhancing her vocabulary,” said Donna Grant, who chaperoned her 8-year-old daughter Sierra, a student at Latrobe Elementary in Shingle Springs...