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Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program

2012 Montana Best of Show-Kendyl CollinsworthThe Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term papers."

2014 Montana Junior Duck Stamp Contest Results

A narrative of the 2014 Montana Junior Duck Stamp Contest results is here. Scans of the first, second and third place entries have been uploaded to our Flickr site

The national winner is 16-year-old Si Youn Kim, of Tenafly, N.J; all of the Best of Show artwork is here. Carson Collinsworth's Best of Show entry representing Montana placed in the top 10!

 

National Overview

Federal Junior Duck Stamp LogoThe JDS has increased in popularity significantly since its inception in 1989 and even more since the implementation of a national art contest and stamp in 1993. The program was first recognized by Congress in 1994 when the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act was enacted. In 2000, Congress reauthorized the program and expanded it from 17 states to include students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

 

 More than 27,000 students enter state JDS art contests each year. While the program’s data collection methods do not account for students who participate in curriculum activities without submitting artwork, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of students have been educated on the importance of waterfowl and wetlands conservation since the enactment of the 1994 legislation.

 

2012 Junior Duck Stamp National WinnerRevenue from the sales of the national Junior Duck Stamp (the national contest winner design) goes to support awards and environmental education for students who participate in the program, as well as efforts to market the stamp.

 

Curriculum

Formal Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum CD CoverInformal Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum CD CoverNationally developed, standards-based curriculum is available for educators, addressing both formal and informal platforms. The formal curriculum is here or it can be downloaded from the national Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculum webpage. Note that the curriculum is two-parted; one part focuses on educators and the other part focuses on the middle school aged students (can be adapted for older/younger students). The informal curriculum currently is available only by compact disk. Please stop by the Refuge office for a copy.
 

Montana Program

Montana students have consistently produced excellent "term papers" via the art contest; they have twice won the contest nationally since program inception. Jia Huang was the first female to win the national contest in 1995/96 and Nathan Closson won in 2002/03. Deadline for art entries is March 15; the contest brochure and entry form contains all the rules/regulations. Below is a table with participation rates by judged groups (classroom grades) per year since 2000.

 

   K-3rd  4th-6th  7th-9th  10th-12th  Total Entries 
2000  146  150  151  61  508
2001  172  130  93  43  438
2002  157  74  51  20  302
2003  237  121  51  28  437
2004  241  176  91  29  537
2005  199  130  60  57  446
2006  192  158  113  43  508
2007  138  125  95  74  432
2008  93  101  81  31  306
2009  75  59  38  21  193
2010  84  60  39  15  198
2011  122  56  37  22  237
2012  145  43  43  12  243

Loaner Trunks

Montana Jr. Duck Stamp Education TrunkThe Refuge has developed two Junior Duck Stamp educational "loaner trunks" for school usage. They are designed to support educator and student learning/participation in the program. These trunks contain: art materials, books, curriculum, cd, dvd, duck wings, how-to guides, magazines, photographs, posters, puppets, and reference materials. Contact Bob Danley, Montana Junior Duck Stamp coordinator, by email or phone (406) 777-5552 x203 to schedule usage.   

Montana Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit 

2012 Montana Junior Duck Stamp ExhibitMontana entries placing first, second, and third annually are scanned, printed, laminated and mounted on an 8' by 12' exhibit display frame. Once completed all original artwork is returned to students. This exhibit is typically on display year round at Refuge Headquarters. However, it can loaned out for display by schools, libraries, civic organizations, et al. Following are the statistics from the 2012 Contest:

Top 5 Mediums  Employed       
Colored Pencil  Combination  Acrylic  Crayon  Watercolor 
56%  25%  11%  7%  1% 

 

Origination of  Entries  - Top 5  Cities   
Stevensville  Billings  Missoula  Sheridan  Glendive 
74%  5%  5%  4%  3% 

 

Top 5 Species  Depicted       
Wood Duck  Mallard  Bufflehead  Hooded Merganser  Green-winged Teal 
24%  13%  5%  4%  3% 

Award Ceremony

2012 Montana Jr. Duck Stamp Award Ceremony AttendeesAll students (including related parents, teachers, mentors, siblings) achieving honorable mention or higher are invited to the Montana Junior Duck Stamp Award Ceremony. The Ceremony highlights/fetes student achievement within the beautiful backdrop of the Bitterroot Mountains and proximal wetlands featuring...ducks! Currently this special event is scheduled for the second Saturday in May in the Refuge Outdoor Amphitheater/Headquarters. This year it will take place on May 10 from 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm. Please rsvp Bob Danley by email (bob_danley@fws.gov) or phone (406) 777-5552 x203 how many will be attending. 

 

Thank you for your support!

2011 Montana Jr. Duck Stamp Award Ceremony

 

 

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014
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