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Junior Duck Stamp Program

Utah's Jr. Duck Stamp Program
Utah Junior Duck Stamp BOS Brad Gray

2017 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is now open!  

Give students the opportunity to explore Wildlife and Habitat by entering the 2017 Junior Duck Stamp Contest! This contest allows K-12 students to learn about habitat conservation through science, math, technology, and the arts to create an original drawing or painting of waterfowl as their "visual term paper."

Each state holds an annual contest with winners selected in four age groups. The "Best of Show" winner from each state competes at the national level for scholarships. The winning artwork becomes the following year's Junior Duck Stamp. A curriculum is available to help students explore wildlife and conservation. These guides can be used in many different settings including home schools and non-formal educational sites. 

For a full brochure, contest rules and entry information check out the JDS website.  Utah Deadline March 15th

2016 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winner Announced at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 

The 2016 Utah Best of Show goes to Brad Gray, age 17, with a  pair of Canada geese titled, "Holiday Honkers". The artwork, created in a media mix of prisma color pencils, tempra, and airbrush rose to the winning position Tuesday, March 29.   A big CONGRATULATIONS to Brad for his beautifully expressed waterfowl art!!  Brad's artwork now goes to the National Contest, to be held April 22, 2016 at the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Brad's art took 3rd place in the national contest in 2015.

 Kathi Stopher, Visitor Services Manger here at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, is the Utah state coordinator for the JDS program.  Feel free to call or email her with any questions at 435.734.6438 or To learn more about the program: 


Facts About Junior Duck Stamp Program

More than 27,000 students enter state JDS art contests each year . . . and we can see why.  What could be more fun than learning about waterfowl and getting to draw, color or paint them!

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation for 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."


Last Updated: Dec 22, 2016
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