The Federal Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic education program that teaches students about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The program combines scientific principles with visual arts. In 2012 the program curriculum was redesigned and modernized to take a more contemporary approach to teaching in the age of technology. The new curriculum is designed to spark interest in youth in habitat conservation through science, art, and math. For more information and to access both JDS Educator and Youth Curriculum Guides, go to: 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 parent incorporate the program into various learning environments –home schools, public and private school classrooms, and non-formal education settings such as scout groups and 4-H. After learning about wetlands and waterfowl conservation, students create drawings and paintings of North American waterfowl species to submit to the state coordinator.
In West Virginia, the program was coordinated by Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in 2013. Entries were received January through mid-March of 2013. Judging was held March 27, 2013, at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The 2013 West Virginia JDS Art Contest Best of Show was "Mother Mallard" by Shelby Hammons of Huntington High School. For a complete list of West Virginia winners click on the following link: 2013 WV Junior Duck Stamp Winners.
NOTE: In 2014, the West Virginia JDS Art Contest will be coordinated by Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, located in Williamstown, WV.
For questions about the 2014 West Virginia JDS art contest contact Matthew Magruder, Visitor Services Manager, 304-375-2923, at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
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A patchwork of 23 wetland types, including bogs, shrub swamps and wet meadows carpet the valley floor. At about 8,500 acres, this is the largest wetland complex in the state of West Virginia, and is a regionally significant wetland complex within the southern Appalachians.