I am the program coordinator for the federal Junior Duck Stamp Program through Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. I visit schools, libraries and other venues in Pacific County, WA and Clatsop County, OR to teach kids K-12 about waterfowl, wetlands, and how Willapa NWR helps to protect them. The JDS Program combines science and art to show students the wonders of nature near their own homes, and how to observe waterfowl and other wildlife throughout the year. And all kids K-12 in the United States are eligible to enter their art in the annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest, complete with great prizes and a chance to see their art on next year’s Junior Duck Stamp!

If you are a teacher (public, private, or home schools), scout or youth group leader, or parent who would like to get their kids involved, I’m happy to provide you with resources, whether you’re in my area or not. I also can come to your classroom, meeting, or other venue to teach a free class on the JDS curriculum and help kids get started on their artwork. (Zoom classes are also available during pandemic restrictions.)

Find out more information here at the Friends of Willapa NWR website, to include contact information for the program.