This is a 15x15 grid puzzle, just like the ones in the newspaper. Key words from a study of the State of California - state tree, flower, bird, etc. are included. The remainder of the clues/words are general information which will build background knowledge. Recent brain research has begun to identify a correlation between doing puzzles and brain health. Start your students on a healthy brain habit and enrich their state study! This would make a good intro activity, mid unit check, or informal assessment of a study of the state of California!