The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program uses art and science to teach students in grades K through 12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. Through educational curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of topics covering waterfowl, habitat and ways to conserve both. By entering the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, students can show off what they've learned visually.
2012 Marked the 20th Anniversary of the Junior Duck Stamp Program - Curriculum Now Available
As a way to celebrate 20+ years, the Junior Duck Stamp Program has updated its curriculum. This curriculum was field tested by environmental educators, teachers, biologists and others. There are two guides available: an educators guide and a youth guide. Each contains lessons plans with a variety of activities focusing on scientific principles and fun. The guides target children in grades 5 to 8.
How do I enter the Junior Duck Stamp art contest?
Each year thousands of students across the nation enter the contest. In 2013, 349 students in grades K through 12 participated in Michigan. Public schools, private schools and students from home schools were represented. At each state, territory or district competition, 100 winners are chosen with one top winner, called the "Best of Show." The Best of Show's then compete in the national competition. One image is selected to become the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
Entries for the Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest are due by March 15 of every year. Artwork must be of a North American duck, goose or swan. Registration information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge's Junior Duck Stamp Program webpage. You may also visit the Federal Junior Duck Stamp webpage for more information on the contest.
Great awards and prizes for your students
All students who enter receive a personalized certificate and their artwork is returned. All first through third place pieces are kept for displays across the state and returned within one year. Three first place, three second place, and three third place winners and up to 16 honorable mention winners are awarded in each of the four age categories...that's 100 winners altogether! A special awards ceremony is held each spring at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge for all first through third place winners. Prizes in past years have included gift certificates, art supplies, backpacks and more. In addition, each year several teachers who go "above and beyond" are recognized and given gift certificates for art supplies.
Where can I get a Junior Duck Stamp?
Junior Duck Stamps cost $5 each and can be purchased at many U.S. Post Offices. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps benefit the Junior Duck Stamp Program. To purchase a stamp, contact the U.S. Postal Service at 800-782-6724.
2014 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest
In Michigan, the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at the Shiawassee NWR, was supported by the USFWS Migratory Bird Office, Friends of Shiawassee NWR, Ducks Unlimited, Shiawassee NWR Volunteers, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, Northwood University, and Congressman Dale Kildee's Saginaw Office.
If you wish to host the travel display, contact Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, at 989-759-1669.