Since 1938, waterfowl stamps have been required of anyone hunting ducks or geese. The funds generated from these stamps have helped restore and improve important wetlands and the stamps have become collectors' items. Duck stamps are one of the most successful wildlife restoration programs in the history of this nation!
2013 Junior Duck Stamp poster
Conservation Through the Arts
Xiaomei Chen 2014 Best of Show
The Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. In 1992, the US Fish and Wildlife Service printed the first ever Junior Duck Stamp with the funds going towards scholarships and educational grants.
This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both science and the arts and teaches greater awareness of our natural resources. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition. Artwork submissions must be postmarked by March 15 of each year. Entry information and other educator materials.
In Massachusetts the Junior Duck Stamp Program is sponsored by MassWildlife, Massachusetts Wildlife Federation, Massachusetts Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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.