A Scientific and Artistic Opportunity for K-12 Students
Maine Audubon is collaborating with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and LL Bean for the 25th annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, and we’re looking for Maine students to submit some creative, innovative, beautiful waterfowl art!
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, multidisciplinary curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.
Check out these Best in Show entries from the 2018 event:
The winning artwork from a national art contest serves as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces annually. This $5 stamp has become a much sought after collector’s item. One hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of Junior Duck stamps goes to support recognition and environmental education activities for students who participate in the program.
This program has a free downloadable curricular guide to help support learning about waterfowl habitat and conservation. The guides provide fun, age-level appropriate activities that will enhance your curriculum and students’ knowledge of wildlife and habitat.
Maine Program and Submission Info
Students will be able to submit an entry of approved waterfowl art into the competition. Designs are judged in four grade categories—K-3rd grades, 4th-6th grades, 7th-9th grades, 10th-12th grades—with awards for first, second, and third places and honorable mentions. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. This year judging will take place at the LL Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, ME on Wednesday, March 13, with award presentations on Saturday, March 23, at 9 am.
The Maine Best of Show entry will compete with contest winners from other states in a national competition. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools.
Submission deadline is postmarked by March 1, 2019. Please Send Submissions To:
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator
321 Port Road
Wells, ME 04090
You can download the teacher guides here and view the contest rules and entry forms here. For questions and/or curricular support, please contact Maine Audubon’s Lead Educator, Linda Woodard at 207-781-2330 ext.213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.