The Junior Duck Stamp Program uses the environment as the theme to creatively teach core subjects. Instead of writing a research paper, students draw, paint, or cut and glue what they have learned! When students submit an entry in the Tennessee competition, they have the chance to win some great prizes and even attend an awards ceremony at the Bass Pro Shop in Nashville, TN.• Every entry will receive a Certificate of Participation.• 100 Tennessee students (25 in each grade group) receive beautiful first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons (groups are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12).• 36 first, second and third place winners will receive special engraved Junior Duck Stamp plaques.• The Tennessee Best of Show winner receives the Jeanette Rudy $1,000 college scholarship, and their artwork on the state waterfowl stamp.• The Tennessee Best of Show will go on to compete in the national Junior Duck Stamp contest.• The first place national winner receives a $5,000 cash award, a free trip to Washington, D.C. with parent and teacher, to attend the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, and his/her winning design is used on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.• The second place national winner receives a $3,000 cash award; and the third place national winner receives a $2,000 cash award. National top ten, $500, National Conservation Message first place, $500; second place, $300; third place, $200.Entering the CompetitionAll entries for the Tennessee art competition are due on March 15 each year. Soon after the annual entry deadline, the artwork is judged by a panel of experts. The judges change each year, but the panel typically includes a combination of waterfowl biologists, artists, and natural resource professionals. The art is separated into four grade groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12), and each group is judged independently. Once the first place winners for each group have been selected, they are viewed again to select a single Best of Show for the state. In Tennessee, the program is run under the office of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge with the help of partners such as the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Ducks Unlimited, and Bass Pro Shops. Helpful LinksClick here for rules for this FREE competition.
Click here for the JDS Curriculum.
Click here to download the entry and reference form.
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