Junior Duck Stamp Gallery
Artist: Nathan Closson, 16
Hometown: Whitefish, Mont.
What is a Junior Duck Stamp?
The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and support environmental and conservation education programs in the United States. The art competition is the culmination of students' study of waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the classroom, homeschool, or non-formal education setting, often using the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum.
In 2002, Nathan Closson of Whitefish, Mont., was chosen as the winning Junior Duck Stamp artist. "The Junior Duck Stamp is important to me because it promotes conservation and art," he says. For Closson, winning the contest was a boost for his future studying art at the University of Montana. "This contest raises awareness in a generation that hasn't been exposed to nature. It exposes kids to wildlife and the importance of conservation," Closson says. He entered the Federal Duck Stamp Contest two years after his Junior win and plans to enter again someday.