Junior Duck Stamp Program

California JDS Best of Show Artwork

2020 CA JDS Best of Show winner "Magnificent Ducks" acrylic painting by Hailey Kim, age 11, from Irvine, depicting a Hooded Merganser and its reflection in the water as the sun sets in the background.

2020 Best of Show Conservation Message: Youth entering the contest also submit a conservation message with their artwork. Shaunak Pal, age 13, from Pleasanton, wrote the winning message — "Nature: Our treasure, our future, our life. Preserve it to save mankind."

  • Announcement:

    2021 Contest: The 2021 CA Junior Duck Stamp Contest is now accepting artwork submissions through February 1. Please postmark your artwork by the February 1 and mail to the address listed below. Artwork will be received and processed as a scanned submission, then promptly returned to the sender’s address with a letter and certificate of participation. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

    Mailing address: 2081 Arena Boulevard, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95834

    2021 Virtual Approach: Due to the ongoing health situation, this year’s contest will be virtual to keep employees and participants healthy and safe. Artwork will be scanned once received and judged virtually in the spring. 

    Note: The program is also transitioning to a digital approach. This means there will be fewer physical mailings (letters, certificates, etc.). Information will be distributed via email and website updates.



  • Mailings

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


  • 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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    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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  • JDS Art Bin

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    Due to the current public health situation, there will be no use of the shared JDS art bins until further notice. 

  • Art Display

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    Due to the current health situation, the JDS Art Display is unavailable until further notice. However, you can view this year’s 2020 winners online on our Facebook or Flickr page.

    California Junior Duck Stamp Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalJDS/

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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.

  • Other Links

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    Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex's Facebook Page with photos from the California Junior Duck Stamp events (look in albums) (you do not need to login).