Entries are being accepted for the annual Indiana Junior Duck Stamp Contest, a Conservation Through Art program administered by Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.
The entry deadline for the art to be submitted to the refuge at 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour, is March 15.
The Junior Duck Stamp program promotes learning about wetlands and waterfowl for students in kindergarten through high school. Working on drawings provides students an opportunity to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife while learning conservation principles.
Curriculum guides with suggested learning activities are available free of charge to teachers, youth group leaders and homeschool educators. Some art supplies, duck models and a Junior Duck backpack full of resource guides and materials also may be borrowed by groups on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To enter the contest, students submit artwork featuring native ducks, geese or swans. A full list of permitted species is available online at fws.gov/juniorduck.
Artwork will be judged in four groups according to grade level. Three first-, three second- and three third-place entries along with 16 honorable mentions will be selected from each group. Prizes, including cash, are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners.
Contest judges select a state “Best of Show” from the 12 first-place winners, which is then submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The winner of the national contest will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules and regulations can be found online at fws.gov/juniorduck. For information or curriculum materials, contact Junior Duck Stamp state coordinator Donna Stanley at 812-522-4352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.