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Junior Duck Stamp Contest

by Gabrielle Griffis on 2023-12-15T13:49:23-05:00 | 0 Comments

If you’re like me, you might have recently received a letter in the mail from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife about encouraging students grades K-12 to submit art to the statewide Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. This contest is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp contest, so there are opportunities for youth outside of Massachusetts to participate as well. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’ website the Junior Duck Stamp Program goal is “to grow awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife.”  A picture of a duck swimming in the water

“This dynamic program teaches wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the contest. The pairing of these subjects brings new interest to both science and art and teaches greater awareness of natural resources. The art is judged in four age categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national competition. Entries must be postmarked by February 15 of each year.”

As a librarian focused on promoting social and environmental equity, I was delighted to learn about this program and receive promotional materials, which also suggested that librarians create book displays to raise awareness of the program.  The Federal Duck Stamp program was launched in 1991, and the following year the first Junior Duck stamp was printed. The proceeds of the stamps have been used to “provide awards, incentives, and scholarships to students, teachers, and schools.”  

I highly recommend checking out the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website to learn more about how your library might be able to promote this wonderful program. You can also promote the program on social media as well.

To learn more visit: 

Junior Duck Stamp: How Science and Art Connect Youth with Nature

How to submit artwork to the Junior Duck Stamp contest


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