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 Sacramento NWR is California's receiving site for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS). In 2016, over 5,700 students participated in the California 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. In 2016, Stacy Shen, age 16 from Fremont, won nationals and her art was made in the $5 conservation stamp.
Students may also submit a conservation message. Three conservation message winners are selected from each group and one is chosen to compete at nationals. In 2014, a student from California won 1st place and received $200. Prizes for the top 25 art winners for each group, conservation message prizes, and many other prizes are given out in California. 

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.