Junior Duck Stamp Program

We're looking for Maine students to submit some creative, innovative and beautiful waterfowl art and a conservation message!
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge collaborates with Maine Audubon to invite Maine students K-12 to participate each year in the Statewide Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Introducing the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into the classroom teaches students about waterfowl, wetland ecology, and wildlife conservation while meeting national education outcomes for science, English, and art. Students are encouraged to research a waterfowl species and depict it in an artistic media. Entries from students in grades K-12 from public, private, and home schools, are submitted each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  

The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Maine's 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best of Show winners are awarded ribbons and modest prizes. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on display at various locations in Maine throughout the year.

Please note this information for 2024:

Entries in the Maine contest must be postmarked by March 1, 2024.
Entries must be sent to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge at the following address:
321 Port Road
Wells, ME 04090