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The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program in Maryland

Junior Duck Stamp 2016-17

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland schools will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Click here to learn about the winners of the 2016 contest!

Click here for dates and locations of the Maryland Junior Duck Stamp winning art tour!

About the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Maryland 

Hundreds of Maryland students participate each year in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Introducing the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into the classroom teaches students about waterfowl, wetland ecology, and wildlife conservation while meeting national education outcomes for science, English, and art. The students are then encouraged to research a waterfowl species and depict it in an artistic media. Entries from Maryland students in grades K-12 from public, private, and home schools, are submitted each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  

The four grade categories are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Artwork is judged in its category by a panel of local wildlife and art experts. Each grade category receives 3 first place, 3 second place, 3 third place, and 16 honorable mentions. The Best of Show for Maryland is chosen from the first place winners. Maryland's Best of Show is sent to compete at the national level, which is held in April. The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. To see last year's winners visit http://duckstamps.fws.gov.  To purchase Federal Junior Duck Stamps call the AMPLEX Corporation at (800) DUCK-499, or pick one up at a participating USFWS location.

Each entrant receives a certificate of participation. Past Maryland awards have included ribbons, savings bonds, art supplies, and various other gifts donated by sponsors. Maryland's winners are invited to the awards ceremony in May at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on tour throughout the state of Maryland through January.

Click here to visit the Federal Junior Duck Stamp page.  This site includes an overview of the program, images of winning art, hints for teachers, and links to fact sheets, contest rules, and entry forms.

Please note these changes for 2017:

Entries in the Maryland contest must be postmarked by February 1.  The judging for the 2017 contest will take place on February 18.
Entries must be sent to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge at the following address: 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD, 21613, Attn: Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Questions about the Junior Duck Stamp program can be directed to Tom Miller by phone at 410-221-8156 or by email at Thomas_J_Miller@fws.gov .
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2016
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