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Junior Duck Stamp Program

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the annual Junior Duck Stamp Program, a nationwide curriculum and corresponding competition that allows students in K-12th grade to combine the disciplines of art and science. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum serves as the collection and judging site for Pennsylvania entrants with the refuge's manager serving as state coordinator. More information about this contest and contact information for other state collection and judging sites can be found at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ or by contacting the refuge.

  • Pennsylvania Junior Duck Stamp Program

    The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program uses art and science to teach students in grades K through 12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. Through educational curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of topics covering waterfowl, habitat and ways to conserve both. By entering the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, students can show off what they've learned visually.

    2012 Marked the 20th Anniversary of the Junior Duck Stamp Program - Curriculum Now Available 

    As a way to celebrate 20+ years, the Junior Duck Stamp Program has updated its curriculum. This curriculum was field tested by environmental educators, teachers, biologists and others. There are two guides available: an educators guide and a youth guide. Each contains lessons plans with a variety of activities focusing on scientific principles and fun. The guides target children in grades 5 to 8. 

    How do I enter the Junior Duck Stamp art contest?

    Each year thousands of students across the nation enter the contest. In 2016, 231 students in grades K through 12 participated in Pennsylvania. Public schools, private schools and students from home schools were represented. At each state, territory or district competition, 100 winners are chosen with one top winner, called the "Best of Show." The Best of Show's then compete in the national competition. One image is selected to become the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

    Entries for the Pennsylvania Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest are due by March 15 of every year. Artwork must be of a North American duck, goose or swan. Registration information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge's Junior Duck Stamp Program webpage. You may also visit the Federal Junior Duck Stamp webpage for more information on the contest. 

    Great awards and prizes for your students 

    All students who enter receive a personalized certificate and their artwork is returned. All first through third place pieces are kept for displays across the state and returned within one year. Three first place, three second place, and three third place winners and up to 16 honorable mention winners are awarded in each of the four age categories...that's 100 winners altogether! A special awards ceremony is held each spring at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for all first through third place winners. Prizes in past years have included gift certificates, art supplies, backpacks and more. In addition, each year several teachers who go "above and beyond" are recognized and given gift certificates for art supplies.

    Where can I get a Junior Duck Stamp?

    You can get your Junior Duck Stamp at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.  Junior Duck Stamps cost $5 each and can also be purchased at many U.S. Post Offices. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps benefit the Junior Duck Stamp Program. To purchase a stamp, contact John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum at 989-759-1669 or the U.S. Postal Service at 800-782-6724.

    2017 Pennsylvania Junior Duck Stamp Contest 

    In Pennsylvania, the 2017 Junior Duck Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, is supported by the USFWS Migratory Bird Office, Friends of John Heinz Refuge, and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum Volunteers.

     

    If you wish to host the travel display, contact John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Pennsylvania Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, at 215-365-3118.

  • 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Winner

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    James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale in late June 2017.  This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp.

  • 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp is Available

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    The first day of sale for the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp was June 24, 2016. Collectors and waterfowl hunters can purchase the Federal Duck Stamp at Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Federal Duck Stamp is among the most cost effective and direct investments anyone can make to ensure wetlands are nourished, protected, and benefit migratory birds and other wildlife, fish, plants and people. Federal Duck Stamps, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $25, are a required purchase for hunters, but they are also prized by stamp collectors, conservationists, wildlife artists and many others. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar raised by Federal Duck Stamps is used to purchase or lease wetland habitat that is protected within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Federal Duck Stamp also gives you free entrance to all the National Wildlife Refuges throughout the United States. The 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp features a Trumpeter Swan pair painted by Joseph Hautman.

  • New Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum is Here!

    Jr. Duck Stamp

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the annual Junior Duck Stamp Contest, a nationwide competition that allows students in K-12th grade to combine the disciplines of art and science. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum serves as the collection and judging site for Pennsylvania entrants with the refuge's manager serving as state coordinator. More information about the new curriculum and contest can be found at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ or by contacting the refuge.

  • Want to know more?

    Friends of the Duck Stamp

    Check out the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization (incorporated in Maryland), dedicated to the promotion, preservation, sales, and better understanding of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (commonly called the Duck Stamp). The Friends fosters an appreciation of how the funds collected through the Stamp build the National Wildlife Refuge System and emphasizes the conservation of habitat and the many wildlife species that benefit through the Stamp. Visit their website www.friendsofthestamp.org or like them on Facebook!

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016
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