Junior Duck Stamps

Important Date Changes for the 2016 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp Program

The submission date for the 2016 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp Program has changed!  Please review the changes below.

February 15, 2016 – Submission Date for All Junior Duck Stamp Artwork Entries

February 29, 2016 – Junior Duck Stamp Judging

April 2, 2016 – Junior Duck Stamp Awards Luncheon

June 1, 2016 through April 31, 2017 – New Jersey’s Top 36 Winning Junior Duck Stamp Artwork goes on tour throughout the State

Any entries received after the submission deadline will not be considered.  For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Sue Slotterback at sslotterback@wetlandsinstitute.org.


New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp 2015 Best of Show

Best of Show for New Jersey "Resting on a Tranquil Lake", by Eric Jeon. Conservation Message: “As humans, we should treat all wildlife with a great amount of respect.”

Best of Show for New Jersey “Resting on a Tranquil Lake”, by Eric Jeon. Conservation Message: “As humans, we should treat all wildlife with a great amount of respect.”

About the Artist

NJ Best of Show from Previous Years

2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Wetlands Institute is the official State of New Jersey site for Junior Duck Stamp entries and judging. Congratulations to all students who entered the 2015 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp Competition. All of our entries were beautiful interpretations of waterfowl that the students studied and learned how to draw. This year there were over 261 entries received from children all over New Jersey. Over the coming year an exhibit of the top thirty-six winning original works, including New Jersey’s Best of Show, will be sent on tour around New Jersey in a variety of venues, while a display of the artwork will be on permanent exhibit at The Wetlands Institute.

Interested in seeing this artwork for yourself but not able to visit The Wetlands Institute?  Consider visiting one of the exhibit locations on the 2015 tour schedule.

New Jersey’s Top 36 Winning Artists

Age Group I – Grade K to 3
First Place: Anna Koo, Kylie Krause, Jakob Krombholz
Second Place: Bruno Carvalho, David DellaRova, Christian Lee
Third Place: Rachel Coupland, Jonathan Lee, Aiden Park

Age Group II – Grade 4 to 6
First Place: Genesis Bosse, Cali Volpe, Lynne Yoon
Second Place: Samantha Andress, Sammi Li, Maya Soares
Third Place: Diane Cho, Kieron Kelly, Sarah Nicell

Age Group III – Grade 7 to 9
First Place: Hyunjin Cho, Heather Gray, Jessica Lee
Second Place: Chelsea Lee, June Lee, Ezra Yun
Third Place: Ling Chen, Elisabeth DellaRova, Gianna Puglia

Age Group IV – Grade 10 to 12
First Place Best of Show: Eric Jeon
First Place: Eric Jeon, Na Young Lee, Helen HyeRin Ro
Second Place: Olivia Ackerman, Seoyeon Park, Licheng Yang
Third Place: Katie Choi, Esther Ko, Brian Lee

More Information about the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated science, art, and social studies curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation.

A Junior Duck Stamp design is a “term paper” in which students use visual rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned. Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research the species and its habitat, then depict the waterfowl in an artistic medium.

K-12 students attending public, private, or home schools in the United States are eligible to enter; so long as they are U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or nationals.

First Place National Winner receives a $1,000 cash award and a free trip to participate in the First Day of Sale ceremony in Late June or Early July.

Entries are judged in 4 grade groups (K-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th -12th), with three first place, three second place, three third place, and sixteen honorable mention ribbons awarded. The state Best of Show is selected from the 12 first place winning designs and competes in the national competition in Washington, DC. All National and State winning designs are on display during the year and are returned to the students the following spring.

A free curriculum guide for teachers is available by contacting the Federal Duck Stamp Office, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Room 2058, Washington, DC 20240.

Be sure to check the US Fish & Wildlife Service Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program web site each year, to get up to date artwork requirements, permitted species, and National awards information.

Boy Scout or Girl Scout Group?  Join in our Scouts Only Junior Duck Stamp Workshop.  Click here for complete information including date, pricing and details.

Looking for a unique holiday gift idea?  Consider giving duck stamps!  Click here to find out more.

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