Junior Duck Stamp Program

JDS 2019 Best of Show



CA 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show: Snow Geese By Sophie Ye, age 16 from Rancho Palos Verdes

  • What is it and why participate?

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    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.

    **2019-2020 updates: Please note the postmark deadline is February 1 and the new shipping address is:

    CA Junior Duck Stamp 
    2081 Arena Boulevard, Suite 200
    Sacramento, CA 95834

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  • Events

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    Find out more about the judging events, results, and about where the next event will occur.

    Nominate a judge!! Do you know someone that you think would be a great judge during the contest? Please contact 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 Available

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    If you are participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program and are in need of supplies, borrow this traveling art bin for a couple of weeks. Materials include: classroom sized packages of colored pencils, crayons, and oil pastels, 9x12" paper, bird identification books, how to draw ducks, JDS curriculum, duck wings and feet, and much more! View the poster and fill out an application (pdf). Bins are available to ship anywhere in California.

  • Art Display

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    Learn more about borrowing this exhibit to display the latest top 100 winning art pieces from California. This is great for fairs, public halls and buildings, art or wildlife festivals, and public events to showcase the great talent of California youth.

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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

    The Sacramento NWRC offers free programs to schools in Glenn, Colusa, Butte, and southern Tehama Counties. California Waterfowl also offers programs to schools in Sacramento and Yolo Counties. Learn more about California Waterfowl's programs. 

  • 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).

    California Waterfowl Association which has educator guides, information, photos, previous winners, and more!

    Federal Duck Stamp Program 

    Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program 

    Federal Junior Duck Stamp's Facebook Page 

    USFWS Pacific Southwest Region's Facebook Page with several Junior Duck Stamp Videos about the program in California (look under videos)


  • Million Dollar Duck Movie

    Check out this fun film following the Federal Duck Stamp Artists ... http://www.themilliondollarduckfilm.com/