Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest 

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2013 Arkansas Best of Show

2013 Arkansas Best of Show

Grace McCurrie, Age 14
Pottsville Middle School
Teacher, Carrie Drake

Program Overview

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term papers.”

The JDS has increased in popularity significantly since its inception in 1989 and moreover since the implementation of a national art contest and stamp in 1993. The program was first recognized by Congress in 1994 when the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act was enacted. In 2000, Congress reauthorized the program and expanded it from seventeen states to include student participants in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Participation in the program nationwide has remained steady since 2000 with over 28,000 students entering a state art contest each year. While the program’s data collection methods do not account for students who participate in curriculum activities without submitting artwork, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of students have been educated on the importance of waterfowl and wetlands conservation since the enactment of the 1994 legislation.

Revenue from the sales of the JDS reached $172,000 in Fiscal Year 2004 and go to support awards and environmental education for students who participate in the program as well as efforts to market the JDS.

Competition Information

For more information about the competition, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm.

Mail entries to Sarah Baxter in care of AGFC at the address below.


The USFWS revised the JDS curriculum in Summer 2012. To request a CD-Rom of the latest Junior Duck Stamp Educator and Youth Curriculum Guide, send an e-mail to program coordinator Sarah Baxter.

Supply Grants

The Arkansas Junior Duck Stamp Program is proud to be able to provide supply grants. Anyone elgible to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is eligible for the grant, including public schools, private schools, homeschools, and art studios. See Related Documents below for more information and the grant application form.

Program Staff

Name | Title:Sarah Baxter | Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator
Address:2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone | Email:501-978-7366 | Email