Explore, Investigate, Express and Share:
Participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program
Whether you are a classroom teacher, homeschool teacher, youth group leader or parent, we have educational resources for you to help the young people in your life explore the wonders of the outdoor world and their connection to waterfowl, wetlands and habitat conservation.
Download our free curriculum guides and get started!
After you have explored the wealth of activities and learning through the curriculum, find everything your students will need to enter the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
The 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest is Sept. 27 & 28
Watch live online beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern each day
Federal Duck Stamp Contest website
Galleries of entries: Flash ~ Non-flash
Federal Duck Stamp Contest Preview video
Celebrate Conservation, Youth and the Arts:
New Junior Duck Stamps are on Sale Now
Collectors, art lovers, conservationists, students and parents gathered on June 28 to celebrate the debut of the 2013-2014 Junior Duck Stamp.
Buy Junior Duck Stamps
Join Us for the First Day of Sale for the 2013-2014 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps, June 28!
May 22, 2013
The 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, based on a design by Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D., will go on sale June 28.
The First Day of Sale event for the Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp will be held at the BassPro Shops retail outlet in Ashland, Va. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m., with stamp sales and autographs to follow.
We hope you'll join us and be among the first to buy the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reinstates Winner of 2013 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
May 2, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that after careful reconsideration, it will reinstate Madison Grimm, 6, of Burbank, S.D., as the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Winning art in the 2013 Junior Duck Stamp Contest, a canvasback duck painted by Madison Grimm, 6, of Burbank, S.D.
Service Announces New Winner of 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
April 26, 2013
A painting of snow geese by Peter Coulter, 17, of Washington, Mo., has been named the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp winning art by Peter Coulter of Washington, Mo.
Flickr gallery of 2013 Best of Show Art
National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be Held at National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va.
2013 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held on April 19 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The judging, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The contest will also be broadcast live on the Web - you can watch right here beginning at 10.
2013 Junior Duck Stamp Program Brochure and Entry Form Available
March 15, 2013 is the deadline for submitting art for most state Junior Duck Stamp contests (South Carolina is Jan. 11, Arizona and Ohio are March 1). Find all of the details about how to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest and get the entry form (English and Spanish available).
2013 Junior Duck Stamp Brochure and Entry Form
Fall is a Great Time to Get Outside!
The leaves are turning and birds are migrating, but it's still warm enough to get outside for a nature walk at a park or national wildlife refuge (remember to bring your current Federal Duck Stamp for free refuge admission!).
If you are a teacher, check out the re-designed Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum for great ideas for activities that will help you get your students engaged with their natural world.
Entry form and instructions for the 2013 Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition will be posted soon! For more information about the competition in your state, contact your state coordinator.
The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is Sept. 28 & 29!
Check www.fws.gov/duckstamps for more details - watch the judging live online -10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mountain Time each day
Support Conservation and the Arts - Buy Your Junior Duck Stamps on June 29!
How to Buy Federal and Junior Duck Stamps
Introducing the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp, Featuring Art by Ohio's Christine Clayton; Stamp on Sale June 29
June 5, 2012
Christine Clayton, 17, of Sidney, Ohio, won the 2012 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest in April with her beautiful rendering of a northern pintail. The 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp featuring Christine's design will go on sale June 29 at the Bass Pro Shops retail outlet in Hampton, Va. Join us at 10 a.m. for a ceremony and then meet Christine and 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp artist Joe Hautman. Buy stamps and get autrographs, too!
Join Us for the First Day of Sale for the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp on June 29!
May 14, 2012
The 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, based on a design by 17-year-old Christine Clayton of Sidney, Ohio, will go on sale June 29. The First Day of Sale event for the Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held at the BassPro Shops retail outlet in Hampton, Va., beginning at 10 a.m. We hope you'll join us and be among the first to buy the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps!
Ohio Youth Wins the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
April 20, 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a northern pintail was selected to appear on the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Christine Clayton of Sidney, Ohio, was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md.
Winner: Christine Clayton, 17, Sidney, Ohio
Complete Contest Results
"Best of Show" Gallery of Contest Art
2012 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Highlights Video
Announcing the New Junior Duck Stamp Program Educational Curriculum - A Fresh Face for the Junior Duck Stamp Program
April 18, 2012
As part of its 20th Anniversary, the Junior Duck Stamp Program has updated its hallmark arts and science curriculum to make it fresh, modern and even more relevant and engaging for today’s teachers and students. The new curriculum provides 10 lesson plans, with exercises and activities focusing on conservation science, our changing natural world, and fun.
2012 Junior Duck Stamp Education Curriculum
National Junior Duck Stamp Contest Will Be Held April 20 at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md.
Updated: April 10, 2012
*We will be streaming the contest live online! Join us here at www.fws.gov/juniorduck at 10 a.m. Eastern on April 20 to view the live feed!*
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 20, and join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners for the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest judging at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. as our panel of five judges examines the 53 "Best of Show" art pieces from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One piece of art will be selected as the top winner and will be made into the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp, which the Service sells for $5. The top three art winners and the top "conservation message" winner receive cash prizes. Join us!
Online gallery of all 2012 Best-of-Show art
For news media: Digital Media Kit
2011 Green Ribbon Award:
State Coordinator of the Year
December, 7 2011
Each year, Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinators in all 50 U.S. states, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands help to bring the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program to more than 28,000 students. To honor the most dedicated coordinators, the Junior Duck Stamp Program developed the Green Ribbon Award for State Coordinator of the Year. We are pleased to recognize the 2011 State Coordinator of the Year, Marilyn Gamette of California. Gamette has been committed to the JDS program since its inception in 1989, working to expand the program in California and helping to break state and national records with 3,126 pieces of art submitted in 2011. Throughout her career and into her retirement from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Gamette has inspired children and adults with her dedication and educational efforts.
2011 Junior Duck Stamp Program
Green Ribbon Award: Volunteer of the Year
October, 17 2011
The Junior Duck Stamp Program is pleased to announce Christine Danley as the recipient of the 2011 Green Ribbon Award for Volunteer of the Year! Christine has volunteered at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge since 2004, volunteering over 3,500 hours of time. During this time she has played a pivotal role in the administration of the Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program. She assists with data entry for the 500+ Junior Duck Stamp student art entries for Montana every year, the state contest, judging and the coordination of the return shipping of student art. A lot of pride is taken in getting all the small details correct; it is very important to the young artists who have entered the contest. Christine explains: “It is actually fun and challenging for me to work through the details within the many phases of the Junior Duck Stamp Program and state contest, from the first entry received to the last box put upstairs into storage for next year. I love having the opportunity to see first-hand all the beautiful artwork submitted by children from across the great state of Montana.”
Illinois Youth wins 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
April 20, 2011
Abraham Hunter, a 17 year old student from Vienna, Illinois won the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest on Friday, April 15 hosted by John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania. Several hundred school students and local Philadelphia residents were in attendance for the contest and afterwards enjoyed a day on the refuge. Second and third place wins went to Matthew Messina,17 from Avon, Connecticut and Christine Clayton, 16 from Sidney, Ohio.
The conservation message winner was Allison Armstrong, a 17 year old from Russellville, Arkansas, with her entry: “Spread your wings, create a splash, make a difference.”
2011 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Top 3
"Best of Show" Gallery of Contest Art
View contest images (Flickr)
Contest video (YouTube)
What is the Junior Duck Stamp Program?
From a single idea grew a program poised to rejuvenate the nation's passion
and commitment to preserving the outdoors.
The Junior Duck Stamp Program exposes
hundreds of thousands of youth each
year to wetlands, National
Wildlife Refuges, and art concepts.
Join the Junior Duck Stamp as it celebrates
20 Years of Conservation through the
Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and
Design Program is a dynamic, art
and science program designed to teach
wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation
to students in kindergarten through
high school and help reconnect youth
with the outdoors. The program guides
students, using scientific and wildlife
observation principles, to communicate
visually what they have learned through
an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp
art contest. This non-traditional
pairing of subjects brings new interest
to both the sciences and the arts.
It crosses cultural, ethnic, social
and geographic boundaries to teach
greater awareness of our nation's
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