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.
To learn more about connecting youth with nature through science and art, see this JDS article featured in the Bird Observer .
Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum
Created over 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.
A redesigned 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 free guides and see additional information about this program.
Resources for Educators/Parents:
- Welcome Letter
- Junior Duck Stamp Contest Entry Form & Regulations
- Junior Duck Stamp poster file size 2MB
- Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum flyer
- Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum Fact Sheet
- Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum Junior Duck Stamp Educator, Youth, Homeschool, and Non-formal Education 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.