What is the Jr Duck Stamp Program?

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Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are involved in this innovative, curriculum-based program through an annual art competition in each state. The Desert NWR is Nevada's receiving site for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS). In 2018, over 400 students participated in the Nevada contest. 

This program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students visually communicate what they have learned by creating an entry for their state's JDS art contest. Judges select 25 winners from each of the four grade groups for prizes and one "Best of Show" winner who is entered in a national art competition. The winning national art entry is made into a conservation stamp. 

Students are encouraged to submit a conservation message as part of their entry. Nevada's top conservation message is sent to compete in the the national competition and travels with the State exhibit. 

All qualifying entries receive a participant ribbon and certificate. Additional awards are given for the top 12 art winners for each group (1st, 2nd & 3rd place), Honorable Mention and the winning conservation message. 
 
This nontraditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both science and the arts. It crosses cultural, ethnic, social and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness of our nation's natural resources. The program provides an opportunity for students to express artistically their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence, and beauty of wildlife.