The Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program is a dynamic education program that teaches students about wetlands and waterfowl conservation by combining scientific principles with visual arts. The program features an art contest and an environmental education curriculum, which are both free. Participation in the program can include either or both the art contest and the curriculum. The JDS curriculum is a great way for young people to learn about the wonders of wildlife, wetlands, waterfowl conservation, and wild places. It was designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, and math. For more information and to access JDS Educator and Youth Curriculum Guides, please visit The Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum.
The JDS Program and participation in the art contest is a great way for young people to learn the wonders of wildlife and wild places. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Teachers and parents can incorporate the program into various learning environments including public and private school classrooms, home schools, and non-formal education settings such as scout and 4-H groups. The program offers a unique opportunity to students through the creation of drawings and paintings of North American waterfowl species while learning about wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
The contest is open to West Virginia students who are in kindergarten through 12th grade. Participants will create original artwork of a North American waterfowl that will be judged on their artistic quality, anatomical correctness, and appropriateness as a stamp. Entries are grouped for judging by grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second, and third place prizes and ribbons will be awarded for each group. The West Virginia Best of Show will move on to the National JDS Contest in April. At the national level, students with the top three winning art entries receive scholarships. First place receives $1,000, and second and third are awarded $500 and $200, respectively. The winning art at the national level is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which sells for $5 and has raised over $1.25 million for environmental education.
Entries for the West Virginia JDS Contest must be postmarked by March 15, 2016 and sent to:
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge 3982 Waverly Road Williamstown, WV 26187
Please visit the following links for a complete list of rules, entry form, reference form, and contacts for the JDS Contest in other states.
For questions about the 2016 West Virginia JDS Art Contest contact Matthew Magruder, Visitor Services Manager at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, at 304-375-2923 x 117 or Matthew_Magruder@fws.gov.
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