Important Changes for the 2018 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp Program

In 2018, after almost 20 years, The Wetlands Institute will be handing the reigns of State Coordinating Host Site to The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum with assistance from the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Submission due date is February 15!

All artwork for 2018 MUST be sent to:
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
120 West. Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Julie Hain, New Jersey State Coordinator, Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program
Phone: 609-266-8868

New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp 2017 Best of Show

Best of Show for New Jersey “Wood Duck in Early Morning Fog”, by Ashley Yae.

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Best of Show for New Jersey
Afloat, by Paige Min

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Watercolor

“The responsibility of every generation is to conserve and appreciate nature so that it can be conserved and appreciated by generations to come.”

About the Artist

Paige Min, Artist

“I’m honored that the judges liked my piece!” says Paige Min. At age 14 she is a life-long resident of New Jersey, currently residing in Tenafly and studying art at One Art Studio in Norwood. “I chose the Black-bellied Whistling Duck because it looked cute and quirky.

These ducks can be found in areas with shallow water year-round in our southern states from Texas to Florida. Their most interesting characteristic is their high-pitched whistle! I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember. I’m really passionate to improve and continuously raise the bar for myself. My favorite medium is definitely pencil. I always have pencils with me and I’m the most
comfortable with them.”

The Junior Duck Stamp art competition was only her second submission after winning a Silver Key and Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art competition. Paige is currently designing bird houses for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County’s birdhouse auction.

In addition to her art, Paige enjoys skiing and swimming. She has been studying piano for the past seven years and is very passionate about singing in her school concert. She has been participating in Bergen County and North Region NJ Choir since middle school. Recently she performed with her chamber choir at the Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall.

“Although I think about college, I don’t really know … what I want to major in yet. But I know for sure that I want art to be part of my future, whether it’s in design, engineering, or computer graphics. I’ve always been appreciative of nature and passionate about school projects on topics like endangered animals, global warming, and pollution. I hope that my piece helps people understand the importance of preserving the environment. I just want to say thank you for selecting my artwork. This competition was a great experience and opportunity to work for a cause I have cared about.”

NJ Best of Show from Previous Years


2017 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 2017 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 169 entries received from children all over New Jersey. From April 2017-March 2018 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.

New Jersey’s 2017 Top 36 Winning Artists

Age Group I – Grade K to 3
First Place: Aiden Park, Hannah Lim, Ryan Lee
Second Place: Caleb Schwenger, Juliette Rose, Iris Joh
Third Place: Jaden Joyce, Joshua Wenker, Isaac Joh

Age Group II – Grade 4 to 6
First Place: Chloe Jung, Katie Kim, Erin Chiang
Second Place: Noah Wenker, Katherine Lee, Diane Cho
Third Place: Maya Soares, Nathaniel Wenker, Jonathan Lee

Age Group III – Grade 7 to 9
First Place Best of Show: Paige Min

First Place: Paige Min, Young Seo Choi, Amy Son
Second Place: Kang Hyum Ryu, Bohyun Koo, Helena Harman
Third Place: Grace Schwenger, Jaimie Park, Julianna Feit

Age Group IV – Grade 10 to 12
First Place: Seoyeon Lee, Hyunjoon Kim, Yao Bian
Second Place: Yuval Epstain Ofek, Apurva Ramanujam, Kaitlyn Chang
Third Place: John Yoon, Hyeon Woo, Julia Zhu

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 educators, youth, non-formal educators, and homeschoolers can be downloaded at:

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.

Looking for a Junior Duck Stamp program for your group?  We offer two or four hour programs for your school, scout group, homeschool, art club or other youth group.  Complete program descriptions:  Junior Duck Stamp Program


The submission date for the 2018 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp is February 15.

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