Education Programs

Junior Duck Stamp Contest - Art and Conservation Design Contest

For 2022, we are happy to announce that Ridgefield NWRC is hosting the contest for Washington State.  

What is it? 

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest provides students the opportunity to learn about conservation by connecting science and the arts. 

After studying waterfowl anatomy and their habitats students express what they have learned through the arts. Students may draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species and enter it into the annual contest. 

Because students express themselves best in different formats, the conservation message contest gives students interested in creative writing an opportunity to use the written word to express their knowledge.  

Who can participate? 

All students in kindergarten through grade twelve (public, private, or homeschool) are encouraged to participate in this free contest as part of a school lesson and our curriculum, or through their own study and observation. 

Students from across the United States submit their artwork to the state, territory or district competition they reside in. A Best In Show from each competition is submitted to the (National?) Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, where a panel of judges will select one image to become the next Junior Duck Stamp 

How do you enter? 

As this year’s host, all entries will need to be submitted to the Complex Headquarters at Ridgefield NWR by the deadline: March 15, 2022. Please note that due to our current office construction, entries must be mailed to: 

Ridgefield NWRC
Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
PO Box 457
Ridgefield, WA 98642 

Learn More:  

To learn more about the contest including a complete list of eligibility requirements, how to enter and contest rules please visit our National website. We encourage you to review our accompanying curriculum to help you engage your students. Click here for resources to get you started or find them also on the National website.  

For questions or other needs, please reach out to: 

Mesha Wood, Washington State Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator  


Phone: 971-336-1042