Duck Stamp program announced This is the seventh year that South Dakota students, grades K through 12, will have the opportunity to take part in the Junior Duck Stamp Program.
"The Junior Duck Stamp Program was developed to use art to teach the importance of conserving our wetlands and to expand the knowledge of the federal duck stamp as a conservation program," said Karrie Schmidt, representative for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "It enables students to experience hands-on, creative, learning activities around conservation."
The program includes an arts curriculum that is available to teachers. Also available upon request is a 13-minute videotape entitled Conservation Through the Arts. For a free copy of the curriculum and/or the videotape, write to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Office, 1849 C Street-NW Suite 2058, Washington, DC 20240 or call (202) 208-4369.
"The highlight of the program is the art contest," Schmidt said. Any student may enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which is separated into four categories of grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Prizes are awarded for places in each category, and three national place winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., with their teacher and one parent.
The national first place winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship award, and his or her artwork will become the design for the following year's Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
To be eligible for the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest, all entries must be postmarked by March 15, 1999, and must be a horizontal drawing or painting 9" x 12" and must not exceed 1/4" thickness.
Entries are limited to North American ducks, geese or swans; or Hawaiian Koloa, Laysan Duck or Nene. Loons and mute swans are not eligible. Entries must be accompanied by an entry form that is glued to the back of the artwork.
For entry requirements and information, contact Karrie Schmidt at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rm 309 Federal Bldg., Huron, SD 57350 or call (605) 352-5894.