Junior Duck Stamp Gallery


Artist: Kerissa Nelson, 16
Hometown: Grantsburg, Wis.
Species: Ring-necked ducks

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.

Kerissa Nelson
"I always knew I had artistic talent," says Nelson, a native of Grantsburg, Wis. "I enjoyed my art classes at school and always tried my best. When I got into high school, my art teacher, Bruce Teigan, pushed me more than the others had, and introduced me to the Junior Duck Stamp Contest." Nelson went on to intern in the Federal Duck Stamp Office while in college. "You can be an art lover, a nature lover, a conservationist, a duck hunter, or just someone looking to learn a thing or two," she says. "In the end the perk is, you might win."


Last Updated: July 2, 2016