The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is in full flight and all Colorado students (K-12) are welcome to participate. This free art and science program is designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to America’s youth.

JDS participants employ scientific and wildlife observation principles to learn about the subject matter, and then communicate that knowledge visually by creating an entry to the JDS art contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and arts to students throughout the state, while fostering a greater awareness and conservation ethic toward our nation’s natural resources.

Three first, second, and third place entries as well as many honorable mentions are selected from the age groups. A “best of show” is then chosen by the judges from the first-place winners. Each state’s best of show is submitted to the Duck Stamp Office in Washington D.C., and entered into the national contest.

The first-place design from the national contest is used to create the official Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. The stamps’ proceeds support environmental education, and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.

Entries Due March 15

Artwork Displayed in May at the Arvada Center