The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an annual art contest that aims to educate and engage youth in wildlife and wetland conservation and outdoor recreation. Unofficially, the program started in 1991, with only a few states participating. With the passing of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994, it later became an official program within the Department of Interior.
Today, students from all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Locally, U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff have administered the program annually in North Dakota since 1994. The program has grown from engaging 332 students in 1994, to reaching a record number of students in 2017 with 1,430 participants. Over the past 30 years, more than 24,800 contest entries have been received from North Dakota K-12 students.
The backbone of the Junior Duck Stamp Program is its network of state coordinators. The program is run at the state, territory or district level by a host station. State coordinators are responsible for hosting the local art and conservation message contests and should be your first point of contact for questions about the program. Please contact the North Dakota state coordinator if you have questions or would like to learn more about…
- the art or conservation message contest
- hosting the state’s traveling art exhibit
- availability of Junior Duck Stamp Program educational resources
- volunteer opportunities to assist with promoting, teaching, or coordinating the North Dakota program
- becoming a sponsor of ND’s Junior Duck Stamp Program