Utah Federal Junior Duck Stamp

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is accepting entries for the 2023 Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program and Art Contest (JDS) for the state of Utah students K-12.  Entries must be postmarked or hand delivered to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, c/o Jill Shannon, 2155 West Forest ST, Brigham City, UT 84302 by March 1, 2023.

For the last 29 years, JDS has engaged students from kindergarten to high school seniors in scientific and wildlife observation through the arts.  This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and learn about North American waterfowl and wetland habitats.

JDS provides an opportunity to connect youth with nature through science and art.  The art- and science-based curriculum teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation.  It encourages students to explore and discover the natural world.  The program invites them to query biology and wildlife management principles and provides avenues for expression of their discoveries, which they can share with others.

Artwork is judged in four groups: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Three 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 16 honorable mention places are selected for each group. Each state selects a “best of show” winner from the 1st place winners, which then competes at the national level.  The national winner’s artwork is made into a collector’s stamp sold all over the nation. The proceeds from the $5 stamp support conservation education.

Please remember these important contest criteria.

  • Entries must be 9” x 12” and less than ¼” thick. Note: 9x12 is larger than your normal printer paper.
  • Image layout must be horizontal.
  • No signatures or borders.
  • Artwork must be original.
  • Scenes should depict North American Waterfowl in their natural habitat.
  • Attach (tape) the signed entry form to the back of the entry.
  • Please send entries to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, c/o Jill Shannon, 2155 West Forest Street, Brigham City, UT  84302.

Please see the 2022-2023 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program and Art Contest brochure for the complete contest criteria. 

Download and share these flyers with teachers and students.

Entry forms and reference forms can be found in English and Spanish at the link below.

Event date and time
Event location name
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Wildlife Education Center


2155 West Forest ST Brigham City, 84302 UT
Age range
Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle/Junior High (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12) (7 - 17)