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Junior Duck Stamp Program

JDS 2015 BOS



CA 2015 Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show: Red-breasted Merganser By Donghyeon Lee, age 17 from Anaheim
  • What is it and why participate?

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    **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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  • Free Programs for Kern County

    Staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be in Kern County the week of January 11-15, 2016 to offer free Junior Duck Stamp classroom programs for students in 1-6th grade. This 1-hour long program, comprised of a curriculum combining wetland and waterfowl conservation with the visual arts, is a non-traditional pairing of art and science education where students learn about this conservation to teach awareness of our nation’s natural resources. The students learn about the loss of wetlands in California, waterfowl biology and identification, and follow up by creating their own piece of waterfowl artwork to submit to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The programs also encourage students to get out and experience nature and their local wetlands. See the poster (1109 KB, pdf), letter to administrators (52 KB, pdf), and the reservation form (41 KB, pdf).

  • Events

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    Find out more about the judging events, results of the previous contest, and about where the next 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, 9–12, homeschoolers, and non-formal educators.

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  • JDS Art Bin Available

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    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, duck wings and feet, and much more! View the poster and 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 of California youth.

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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: Dec 14, 2015
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