Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) will once again coordinate the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program and Scholarship Competition. This conservation program is designed to teach students about waterfowl and their habitat through an art and science-based curriculum. The program is available to all Minnesota school children in grades K-12 and to home schoolers. The program is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Program and gives students an opportunity to create a design for a stamp. The painting or drawing must be of a North American duck, goose, or swan. The Refuge is the receiving site for the paintings.
Design entries are due by March 15, 2004. Brochures detailing the current year's program are now available.
Last year, approximately one thousand students throughout Minnesota participated in the program. Nicole Lorenz, a student at Inver Grove Heights High School, captured the Best-of-Show honors with her design of a pair of Northern pintails. Nicole's painting was forwarded to the national competition where she finished in the top ten.
The National winner's painting becomes the design for the Junior Duck Stamp. The stamp sells for $5.00 and all proceeds are used for scholarships for competition winners. To request a copy of the Junior Duck Stamp Brochure, curriculum, or to inquire about stamp purchases, contact Judie Miller at 952-858-0712 or stop in at the Refuge's Visitor Center located at 3815 E 80th St in Bloomington.