Just For Kids

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A wide variety of environmental education activities/programs are available for students, organizations, and other members of the public. Anyone interested in these educational opportunities is encouraged to contact district personnel for more information.

Can't wait?!  Start by visiting some of these fun and educational websites!


North Dakota's Junior Duck Stamp Program 

Students, teachers, and parents are invited to promote conservation education in their schools and community by encouraging youth to take an active part in the Junior Duck Stamp Program. This is an educational program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that teaches wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Each student learns about a species of waterfowl– a duck, goose, or swan, as well as the habitat that it lives in, and then creates a drawing or painting that is entered in an art contest. Artwork can be created as an individual project at home, or in a school classroom setting. All North Dakota schools received program information in late September that contains the junior duck stamp website address, where teachers can access the entry form and all guidance for the program.

The deadline for submitting artwork is March 15, 2015 and artwork will be judged during the third week in March. Judges will include art, media, and wildlife professionals. Students will be judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. Three first, second, and third-place, along with 16 honorable mention entries are selected for each group. A “Best of Show” is selected by the judges from the 12 first-place winners, regardless of their grade group. The Best of Show is then entered in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The first place design from the national contest is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp. Junior Duck Stamps are sold for $5 per stamp, with the proceeds supporting conservation education and providing awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.

An awards banquet will be held in the spring for the 36 students who receive first, second, and third place on their artwork. Junior Duck Stamp winners will receive prizes donated from North Dakota wildlife organizations, and a complimentary hotel room for the student and their family.

Artwork with accompanying entry form must be submitted by March 15, 2015 to Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, 3275 11th St NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531. To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, to access contest guidelines and an entry form, or receive curriculum guides, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck, or contact Audubon National Wildlife Refuge at 701/442-5474 ext. 117.  

Let's Go Outside! 

Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service "Let's Go Outside" page for TONS of ways to play outdoors in nature!  An exciting world outdoors awaits you and there are lots of things you can do for fun. Make a tree house – talk to your parents first. Collect leaves or cones from the ground. Find a flower, peak inside, and see what you spy. Walk around your block during a full moon. We even have a Book of Stuff for you to do if you run out of ideas, from scavenger hunts, leaf rubbing, matching animal tracks, to creating a nature collage! Whatever it is you do, find family and friends to join you! If you’re traveling with your family, we have Car Bingo. Just look out the window and try to find the object on the sheet. Be a Wildlife Watch Explorer! Get outside and look for wildlife in your backyard, community and local parks. Write down the different animals, plants and nature you see, and then visit “Wildlife Watch” to report your sightings, share stories and even upload photos!

 

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Pollinators

Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance. Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pollinator website to find out what you can do!

 

Join the Conversation about Native Bees

 

Paddy O' Mallard


Learn why Paddy O' Mallard needs wetlands for safe habitat for her family.  See the story here!

 
The nest is located in a cultivated field fence row.