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      January 19, 2010


Calling Young Wildlife Artists:  Enter the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp Contest

CONCORD, N.H. -- Young New Hampshire artists kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department runs the statewide competition, which is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  The contest serves a dual purpose, giving students a chance to use their artistic talents at the same time they learn about wildlife and conservation.  The art competition is open to public, private and home-schooled New Hampshire students. 

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2010.  For competition guidelines, send your request to: Ellen Harrington, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.  Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements and an entry form can be downloaded from www.wildnh.com/Education/ed_Junior_Duck_Contest.htm.

The New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in four groups: grades K-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12.  The State Best-of-Show is selected from among the first-place winning designs.  Winning artwork in all categories will be displayed at N.H Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.  The Best-of-Show New Hampshire winner advances to the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, in which the three top winners receive a cash award and a trip to the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest. 

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated art and science activity developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. Teachers who want to integrate these lessons into their coursework can find a curriculum guide for teaching conservation through the arts at www.fws.gov/juniorduck/EducationProgram.htm.

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