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The New Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program we are excited to announce the debut of the 2012 Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program Educator Guide and Youth Guide.

For the first time in many years, the JDS Program has redesigned its arts and science curriculum, modernizing it to make it more relevant to today's teachers and students. The new curriculum is designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math and technology.

Written, field-tested and evaluated by environmental educators, biologists, teachers and consultants, the new curriculum includes such elements as using the Internet as a conservation tool and new scientific information about today's conservation challenges (e.g., climate change and its impact on wetland habitat). It is multi-culturally relevant and incorporates information to stimulate students' interest in careers in nature.

In addition, for the first time, we will offer conservation education tools designed for use by homeschoolers and by those in charge of community after school programs and various other youth activities. These guides will be released later this year.

The foundational Youth Guide and Educators Guide provide lesson plans, with exercises, focusing on scientific principles, our changing natural world, and fun.

The re-designed curriculum, aimed at students in grades 5-8, will encourage children to engage with their natural world and develop a deeper appreciation of natural resources. It stresses wildlife observation, nature journaling, photography, enjoying and exploring the outside world, and investigating the treasures of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The new curriculum and activities meet National Science Education Content Standards, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Learning, and National Visual Arts education standards for children in grades K-12, and other educational standards.

The new curriculum gives students - and educators - an opportunity to investigate what is fun, unique and mysterious about waterfowl and wetlands in North America.

Contact us if you have questions about the curriculum guides.

If you are interested in participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, please contact your state coordinator.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Educator Guide


Last updated: April 4, 2012
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