The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students
express their newfound knowledge by drawing or painting a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
Students from across the United States submit their artwork to their state, territory or district art competition.
The “Best of Show” from each competition is submitted to the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, where judges select one image to become the next Junior Duck Stamp.
In 20018, more than 20,000 youth participated in state and territory Junior Duck Stamp art contests. On display in the Ellis Library colonnade during the month of January are winners of the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest.