Crayons, ducks, paintings, ducks, prizes, ducks, fun and more ducks. What does that equal? The annual Junior Duck Stamp Program!

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service invites students to learn about wildlife conservation and express their creativity by entering the 2013 Junior Duck Stamp competition. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2013.

The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an annual free art contest that provides students with the opportunity to learn about biology and express their knowledge of the beauty and diversity of wildlife through art. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest, partnered with a dynamic art curriculum, teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Since the Junior Duck Stamp Contest was introduced in South Dakota in 1993, over 10,000 students have submitted artwork in the state. In 2012, 636 South Dakota students from 50 towns participated in the program; and throughout the United States, over 27,000 students submitted artwork to a state contest. Annual revenue from the sales of Junior Duck Stamps raises an estimated $200,000 annually to fund scholarships, support the contest, and create environmental education opportunities for students who participate in the program.

Prizes are awarded to the top nine entries in four different age groups at a public awards reception held in April. Last year over $5,000 in prizes like art supplies, field guides, DVDs, and binoculars were awarded to South Dakota students. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Booth Society, the Friends Group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives in Spearfish, sponsor the South Dakota contest.

The Best of Show winner from South Dakota is judged nationally in Washington D.C., and the winning submission from the national contest will be used to create a Federal Junior Duck Stamp the following year, which is sold for $5 a stamp.

In 2012, Rebecca Froehlich, 16, of Madison, SD, took the “Best of Show” title in South Dakota.

How to Enter:

The South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest is free and open to all students K-12. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. For more information and art submission rules, visit


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