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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."

FAQ's

JDS Waterfowl Xpress - Guide CoverWaterfowl Xpress is a guide and introduction to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. This pdf is a combination white paper and FAQ of sorts; read this distillation if you, your class/student/son/daughter have never done the Program before. The information contained will direct you to confidently build a foundation of introductory actions...leading to success. Here is a boiled down version of "How to Draw a Duck" from the guide.
Twelve students from Dawson County High School (Glendive) provided the Refuge (actually the Montana JDS coordinator) with a narrative of their experience doing their 2014 Junior Duck Stamp artwork. Art teacher NaDean Brown facilitated their short essays which are posted on the Refuge Tumblr blogsite (starts with April 2 for next 11 days).
A case and how-to-do-it for student drawing and illustration comes from biology teachers Brian Dempsey and B.J. Betz. They published Biological Drawing A Scientific Tool for Learning in 2001 which is now available as a pdf via this National Association of Biology Teachers link.

2014 Montana Junior Duck Stamp Contest Results

 

JDS 2014 MT Award Ceremony AttendeesA 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: Sep 20, 2014
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