Junior Duck Stamp Program

2021 Best of Show artwork: a hand-painted image of a ruddy duck with a large blue bill.

 

2021 CA JDS Best of Show winner: "The Ducks on Water" watercolor painting by Gain Kim, age 18, from Fullerton, depicting a Ruddy Duck on the water.
  
2021 Best of Show Conservation Message: Youth entering the contest also submit a conservation message with their artwork. Sharon Park, age 16, from Torrance, California wrote the winning message — "Respecting nature, respecting ourselves, and respecting all those around us is ultimately respecting our future."

 

 

  • Announcements:

     

    • Fall 2021
       
      • 2021 Virtual Contest: In April 2021, the FWS Sacramento Regional Office successfully hosted the California Junior Duck Stamp Contest (JDS) virtually. Fourteen judges from various organizations judged approximately 500 pieces of artwork and selected winners for the state of California. Artwork by Gain Kim (age 18) from Fullerton won the distinguished title of California’s Best of Show and competed in the national competition. The winning artwork was also featured on the regional Pacific Southwest Flickr.
      • Winners: Winners were notified this summer via the email provided on the entry form. If you were not selected as a winner, we thank you for your submission. You may download a digital participation certificate below.
      • Young Artists: Several pieces of artwork were recognized as Young Artists for their artistic potential, creativity, and efforts this year!  
      •  2021 Winning Artwork on Flickr: You can find this year’s winning artwork on the following websites.
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      • 2021 Contest Press Release.
      • 2022 Contest (Stay Tuned): The details for next year's contest are pending, please visit this website later this fall/winter. The annual contest postmark deadline of February 1 is firm; late submissions will not be accepted.
      • Note: The program is also transitioning to a more digital approach. This means there will no longer be physical mailings (letters, certificates, etc.), information will be distributed via email, and website updates. 
       
     

  • Mailings

    Mailings: Please note we will not be doing any mailings (letters, certificates, calendars and prizes) until further notice.

    • Submitted 2021 Artwork: All 2021 artwork that was submitted this year was mailed back promptly in late February-March after they were digitally scanned using the return address that was provided. We are not responsible for lost mail.

     

  • What is it and why participate?

    JDS 2012 Winning Image Hooded Merg Hyun Wang

    Learn more about this program.

    **Attention parents, school teachers, and group leaders: help educate youth about the waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation by participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program! Contact us for more information and to get on our mailing list at fw8jrduckstamp-ca@fws.gov.

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  • Rules/Requirements/Forms

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    Find out all you need to know to participate including forms, rule booklet, eligible species list, reference list for older students, and more.

    2020-2021 Updates: Please note the postmark deadline is February 1. Mail your artwork to 2081 Arena Boulevard, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95834

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  • Events

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    2021 Virtual Contest: In April 2021, the FWS Sacramento Regional Office successfully hosted the California Junior Duck Stamp Contest (JDS) virtually. Fourteen judges from various organizations judged approximately 500 pieces of artwork and selected winners for the state of California. Artwork by Gain Kim (age 18) from Fullerton won the distinguished title of California’s Best of Show and competed in the national competition. The winning artwork was also featured on the regional Pacific Southwest Flickr.

    Winners: Winners were notified this summer via the email provided on the entry form. If you were not selected as a winner, we thank you for your submission. You may download a digital participation certificate below.

    Young Artists: Several pieces of artwork were recognized as Young Artists for their artistic potential, creativity, and efforts this year!

    2021 Winning Artwork on Flickr: You can find this year’s winning artwork on the following websites.  

    Due to the current public health conditions, all in-person events are canceled until further notice.

    Nominate a judge!! Do you know someone that you think would be a great judge during the contest? Please contact the California coordinator fw8jrduckstamp-ca@fws.gov.

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  • Curriculum

    JDS Curriculum

    This curriculum focuses on the conservation of waterfowl and wetland habitats. It is designed for students in grades 5–8, with adaptations for K–4, 9–12, homeschoolers, and non-formal educators.

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  • Partners

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    The California Junior Duck Stamp Program is hosted at the Sacramento NWRC but works with many partners throughout the state to expand student participation and knowledge about waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation. The US Fish & Wildlife Service and many partners reach thousands of students throughout California. Partners include: California Waterfowl Association, Altacal Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway Decoy Association, Community Youth Center at Rancho Esquon, and many more. Would you like to become a partner and conduct educational programs for students, teach students about drawing waterfowl, or more! Contact the California coordinator fw8jrduckstamp-ca@fws.gov to see how you can help.

  • School Programs

    JDS School Program

    Due to the current health situation all in-person school programs are canceled until further notice. However, you may contact your state coordinator to inquire about virtual learning opportunities by emailing fw8jrduckstamp-ca@fws.gov

  • Free Art Camp

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    The Flyway Journeys Wildlife Art Camp is a partnership between California Waterfowl, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, and the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association to provide 12 selected high school art or science students with a continental perspective of waterfowl and wildlife art. Students will work closely with professional artists and biologists to gain a greater understanding of conservation through the arts while facilitating community awareness through a follow-up visual arts projects. For more information, view a past flyer or contact California Waterfowl for more information (916) 648-1406.

  • Support the Program

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    These collectible $5 stamps are created from the winning design at the national level. Proceeds from the national sales are re-invested in the JDS program to support awards and conservation education. The Sacramento NWR has Junior Duck Stamps for sale at the visitor center, call 530-934-2801 or visit the Federal Duck Stamp Office for other locations.
    While supplies last, California Waterfowl creates a calendar of some of the winning designs. Purchase a calendar through California Waterfowl or at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex visitor center.

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