Conservation through the Arts
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.
The program began in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly known as the Federal Duck Stamp. The national Junior Duck Stamp art contest started in 1993 and the first stamp design was selected from the eight participating states. The program was recognized by Congress with the 1994 enactment of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act.
By 2000, the program included all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The program encourages partnerships among federal and state government agencies, nongovernment organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help recognize and honor thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for their participation in conservation-related activities.
Conservation Education Curriculum
Are you a student interested in exploring wildlife, habitat conservation and visual arts? Do you want to investigate careers in biology or ornithology? Are you looking for ways to creatively express what you have learned in biology class? Do you have something to share with others about waterfowl and wetlands? Are you looking for educator and student resources?
Since its inception in 1989, the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program has used a science-based art curriculum. Students are involved in hands-on learning opportunities, discovering the wonders of North American waterfowl, habitat characteristics, and conservation principles - all through a visual arts program.
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We conserve not only to protect what has been in the past, but to benefit what will be in the future.
Best of Show
Conservation Message - Arianna Csech
Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau
“Ducks are beautiful like art. We need to protect their world art museum.”
Deadline - March 15, 2020
All artwork must be post-marked by March 15th
All students in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program annual art and conservation message contest as part of the Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculum.
The art and conservation message competition serve as the "final project" – an opportunity for students to share what they have learned about waterfowl and habitat conservation through the curriculum or through their own study and observation.
Already know what to do? Here are some Quick links:
- Current Contest Brochure
- Eligible Species
- Art Contest Rules
- Conservation Message
- Reference Form
- Entry Form
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tamara Zeller, Jr. Duck Stamp Coordinator
1011 East Tudor Road - Mail Stop 201
Anchorage, AK 99503