Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp

 “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
-Jimmy Carter quotes (American 39th US President)

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 using native north american waterfowl as their subject!

When students submit an entry in the Tennessee competition, they have the chance to win some great prizes and even attend an awards ceremony in Brentwood, 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 $1,000 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 $500 cash award; and the third place national winner receives a $200 cash award. National Conservation Message first place receives $200.

Entering the Competition
All 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, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

Helpful Links
Click here for rules and species list for this FREE competition.  

Click here for the JDS Curriculum.

Click here to download the entry and reference form.

These videos and worksheets can help with the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Writing Contest:

Jr. Duck Stamp Program Overview 

How to Draw a Duck

How to Paint a Wetland

Learn your Waterfowl Identification 

Audubon Waterfowl Identification 

3rd- 8th grade Species Research Student Worksheet