Connecting Children To Nature Through Science & Art
Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. This conservation education program is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project.
Art will be reviewed in four categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation and there will be prizes offered to the top 25 entrants in each age category. The overall state winner will represent Massachusetts at the national competition.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program
Celebrates 20 Years of Success with New Curriculum Guides!
Created two decades ago as an innovative way to teach children about wetlands and waterfowl, nationally, the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program reaches more than 27,000 students each year, giving them the opportunity to learn scientific principles, connect with their natural world, and artistically express their knowledge of the beauty, diversity and interdependence of wildlife.
Now in its twentieth year of connecting children with nature through science and art, a new educational curriculum has been developed that will spark students' interest in habitat conservation and careers in natural resources through science, art, math, and technology.
The curriculum guides meet a number of national education standards,
including the National Science Education Standards, North American Association
for Environmental Education Standards and National Visual Arts Education
Standards. Click on the link below to download the guides and see additional
information about this program.
Resources for Educators/Parents:
- Welcome Letter
- Junior Duck Stamp Contest Entry Form & Regulations (Please note our new address to send entries: JDS, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston MA 01583)
- Junior Duck Stamp Educators Guide and Youth Guide
- Junior Duck Stamp Fact Sheet
- Notes on Waterfowl Management in Massachusetts
- Plagiarism guidelines (also in Welcome Letter)
If you are interested in participating in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Program, contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife Education Coordinator at Pam.Landry@state.ma.us or at (508) 389-6310.
Support JDS by Purchasing a JDS Stamp!
The overall national winner of the art contest graces that year's JDS and is sold by the U.S. Postal Service (www.usps.com or 1-800-782-6724) and Amplex Corporation (www.duckstamp.com or 1-800-852-4897) for $5. All proceeds of the stamp are invested in the program to fund environmental education programs; award the students, teachers and schools that participate in the program; and to market the JDS program.