BIG NEWS! Brand New Educational Curriculum Released
We have revised the Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum! Find the new Junior Duck Stamp Educators Guide and Youth Guide here.
We are also pleased to introduce education supplements specifically created for homeschool and nonformal education settings.
For additional educational materials, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Educating for Conservation" webpage.
Tenets of the Program
The Junior Duck educational program retains the original focus of an arts-based educational program. Many of the program's exercises encourage students to interpret the
natural world through artistic expression. This focus is based on the theory that students will be more inclined to conserve and protect what they love. An emphasis on "nature journals" provides students with opportunities to sharpen observation skills and to record these observations on a continual basis. The Waterfowl Journal Project in conjunction with the Junior Duck Stamp Contest provides students with an intense experience in the observation and study of one waterfowl species.
Many other activities contained in the Junior Duck educational program provide students with opportunities to learn about migratory birds; the mysteries of migration; requirements for adequate habitat and; the ways they can help conserve these species in their own back yards, school yards, and neighborhoods. By providing a basis for participation in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, the activities encourage students to move beyond simply "learning about" wildlife and wildlife art to testing their abilities as wildlife artists. Arts education objectives and methods for evaluation, are provided for each activity to help teachers identify which activities will satisfy art education requirements. Students demonstrate their learning through the range of visual, dance, musical, dramatic and language arts.
The Junior Duck Stamp Program is proud to work with the following organizations on various educational initiatives to support the development of a "conservation conscious" generation of youth.
Council for Environmental
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Education and Outreach
Ducks Unlimited Project Webfoot
Link Girls to the Land