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:

    2020 Virtual Contest: In early April, the FWS Sacramento Regional Office successfully hosted the California Junior Duck Stamp Contest (JDS) virtually. Ten judges from various organizations judged approximately 1000 pieces of artwork and selected 117 winners for the state of California. Artwork by Hailey Kim (age 11) from Irvine won the distinguished title of California’s Best of Show and competed in the national competition. Throughout May and early June, the Regional Office hosted a digital awards ceremony on social media (Facebook) to celebrate the winners of the 2020 CA Junior Duck Stamp Contest (JDS). The winning artwork was also featured on the regional Pacific Southwest Flickr.

    Winners: Winners were notified this summer via the email you provided on your entry form. If you were not selected as a winner, we thank you for your submission. You may download a digital participation certificate below.

    Young Artists: Over 30 pieces of artwork were recognized as Young Artists for their artistic potential, creativity, and efforts this year!

    Note: The program is also transitioning to a more digital approach. This means there will be less physical mailings (letters, certificates, etc.) and 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.

    Submitted 2020 Artwork: All 2020 artwork that was submitted this year was mailed back promptly in late February-March after they were digitally scanned using the return address that was provided. Unfortunately we are not responsible for lost mail. (Please note our office had 1-2 envelopes yet to be mailed before the pandemic, so there is a chance you will receive your artwork in the future once the situation improves)

    2020 Winning Artwork on Social Media: You can find this year’s winning artwork on the following websites.

    2020 Contest Press Release: Winning California Student Advances to the National Competition!

    2021 Contest (Stay Tuned): The details for next year's contest are pending, please visit this website later this fall. The annual contest postmark deadline of February 1 is firm; late submissions will not be accepted.

  • 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.

    **2019-2020 updates: Please note the postmark deadline is February 1 and the new shipping address will be posted later this fall. 

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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).