Junior Duck Stamp contest accepting entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Indiana Junior Duck Stamp contest.

The contest helps students in Grades K through 12 learn about waterfowl, wetland habitat and wildlife conservation by doing art, according to a news release from Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

While the goal of the annual contest is student learning, the work also is fun and helps students connect with nature.

To enter, students need to draw an original picture of a native duck, goose or swan that is a certain size and format. Entries are judged in age categories, and winners in each age group receive prizes.

The state “Best of Show” artwork is sent to the national contest in Washington, D.C., and the national winner receives a scholarship award and has their work made into a stamp.

Junior Duck Stamps sell for $5 and are available at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and online. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps are used for conservation education programs.

The entry deadline for Junior Duck Stamp artwork is March 15.

A list of rules can be found at bit.ly/JrDuck StampProgram.

Artwork should be sent or delivered to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, IN 47274.

Curriculum guides, art supplies and resource materials also may be obtained from the refuge by emailing muscatatuck @fws.gov or calling 812-522-4352, ext. 12.