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Junior Duck Stamp Program

JDS 2014 BOS with ribbon

CA 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show: Ruddy Ducks By Jonathan Chen, age 15 from Fremont

  • What is it and why participate?

    JDS 2012 Winning Image Hooded Merg Hyun Wang

    Learn more about this program.

    **Attention parents, school teachers, and group leaders: help educate youth about the waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation by participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program! Contact us for more information and to get on our mailing list (530)934-2801 or  

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  • Rules/Requirements/Forms

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    Find out all you need to know to participate including forms, rule booklet, eligible species list, reference list for older students, and more.

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  • Events

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    Find out more about the judging events, results of the 2014 contest, and about where the 2015 event will occur.

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  • Curriculum

    JDS Curriculum

    This curriculum focuses on the conservation of waterfowl and wetland habitats. It is designed for students in grades 5–8, with adaptations for K–4 and 9–12.

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  • JDS Art Bin Available

    JDS art traveling art bin

    If you are participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program and are in need of supplies, borrow this traveling art bin for a couple of weeks. Materials include: classroom sized packages of colored pencils, crayons, and oil pastels, 9x12" paper, bird identification books, how to draw ducks, JDS curriculum, and much more! Fill out an application (pdf). Bins are available to ship anywhere in California.

  • Art Display

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    Learn more about borrowing this exhibit to display the latest top 100 winning art pieces from California. This is great for fairs, public halls and buildings, art or wildlife festivals, and public events to showcase the great talent California youth have.

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  • Free Art Camp

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    The Flyway Journeys Wildlife Art Camp is a partnership between California Waterfowl, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, and the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association to provide 12 selected high school art or science students with a continental perspective of waterfowl and wildlife art. Students will work closely with professional artists and biologists to gain a greater understanding of conservation through the arts while facilitating community awareness through a follow-up visual arts projects. This camp will occur January 2-4, 2015. For more information, view the flyer or contact California Waterfowl for more information (916) 648-1406.

  • Support the Program

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    These collectible $5 stamps are created from the winning design at the national level. Proceeds from the national sales are re-invested in the JDS program to support awards and conservation education. The Sacramento NWR has Junior Duck Stamps for sale at the visitor center, call 530-934-2801 or visit the Federal Duck Stamp Office for other locations.
    While supplies last, California Waterfowl creates a calendar of some of the winning designs. Purchase a calendar through California Waterfowl or at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex visitor center.

  • Other Links

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    Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex's Facebook Page with photos from the California Junior Duck Stamp events (look in albums) (you do not need to login).

    California Waterfowl Association which has educator guides, information, photos, previous winners, and more!

    Federal Duck Stamp Program 

    Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program 

    Federal Junior Duck Stamp's Facebook Page 

    USFWS Pacific Southwest Region's Facebook Page with several Junior Duck Stamp Videos about the program in California (look under videos)

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2015
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