The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program provides a creative outlet for students through a contest that can be incorporated into almost any subject. The program teaches students about wetlands, waterfowl, land stewardship, migratory birds, conservation and an appreciation of art and writing.

Students may submit their artwork and a two- to three-sentence conservation message for the state contest, which is judged in four groups of grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. More than 600 prizes are awarded at the state level, including cash. The best of show selection will represent Kentucky in the national contest, where the winning artist will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The entry deadline is March 15; entries may be submitted individually or as a group.