Education Outreach Program

Trout Bowl

The regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl mountain west region is the Trout Bowl! CIRES Education and Outreach is proud to host the only land-locked regional competition in the country. Competing teams have come from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Mexico and Kansas. Every spring, our winning team travels to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals competition!

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Congratulations to Poudre High School,

for winning the 2013 Trout Bowl!

(Photo taken by David Oonk)

They went to Milwaukee, WI, in April 2013 for the national competition!


Unfortunately there will not be a 2014 Trout Bowl. Check back with us in 2015!


University of Colorado, Boulder -- University Memorial Center (UMC)
Please sign in at the Glen Miller Lounge on the Second Floor of the UMC, outside room 235.

See the 2013 Teams.

Please contact us if you...

  • are a teacher in Colorado or a neighboring state and would like to participate. We will provide resources and support for you to expand your ocean sciences curriculum and train your team.
  • are a scientist who would like to participate as a volunteer. We need people with expertise in ocean sciences (physical, chemical, biological) and/or geology.
  • are a parent or other interested person who'd like to volunteer.
Please note that teams from any state are welcome to compete. We have had interested teams from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, and South Dakota.