SD Junior Duck Stamp Contest entries due March 25

Quinn Kribell, of Beresford, S.D., used colored pencil to create this ring-necked duck that won Best of Show Junior Duck Stamp 2018. Courtesy photo

SOUTH DAKOTA — Students are welcome to participate in the 2019 South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. It is a free art and conservation contest open to South Dakota students K-12. Deadline for submissions is March 15.  The entries can be dropped off at the Booth Society Office or mailed to Booth Society, 423 Hatchery Circle, Spearfish SD  57783.

Entering the contest is as easy as researching a waterfowl species, learning about its habitat, then painting or drawing an original creation.

Jo Powell, local artist and educator, will be conducting basic art instruction of ducks and other waterfowl on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish. Participants will receive a box of colored pencils and paper. Information and help will be available to students in preparing the entry forms.

In addition to the Best of Show, prizes are awarded to 36 winning students from South Dakota. The Best of Show from South Dakota will compete with other state winning entries in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The Junior Duck Stamp Program connects youth with nature through science and art. It teaches a greater awareness, increasing respect and appreciation for natural resources. Pairing science with visual art strives to initiate curiosity in both subjects. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Booth Society coordinates the South Dakota contest.

Guidelines are available on the SD Junior Duck Stamp Facebook page and dcboothfishhatchery.org.  Please contact Karen Holzer at director@dcboothfishhatchery.org for additional information.

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