By Seth Beres
Special to The SUN
The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is in full flight for 2015 and all Colorado students (K-12) are welcome to participate.
This free art and science program is designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to America’s youth. JDS participants employ scientific and wildlife observation principles to learn about the subject matter and then communicate that knowledge visually by creating an entry to the JDS art contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and arts to students throughout the state, while fostering a greater awareness and conservation ethic toward our nation’s natural resources.
The JDS contest begins each winter and proceeds through spring as students submit their artwork to their state coordinator. Each state’s best of show is submitted to the Duck Stamp Office in Washington, D.C., and entered into the national contest.
The first-place design from the national contest is used to create the official Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. All entries must be postmarked by March 15.
For more details, contact Seth Beres at Seth_Beres@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm.