Now is the time to take advantage of all the natural beauty Cape Cod has to offer. The deadline is fast approaching for the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) contest. The contest, which is sponsored by MassWildlife, is open to children in kindergarten through grade 12.
Any child, whether in public, private school or home-schooled is welcomed to submit original artwork for the contest.
Through the program, students learn about wetlands and waterfowl conservation and apply that newly-acquired knowledge to the creation of original artwork.
Paintings and drawings are judged in four age group categories (K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). All students will receive a certificate of participation and there are prizes for the top 25 entries in each of the four categories. The entry judged overall best of show will represent the Commonwealth in the national US Fish and Wildlife Service JDS competition, according to MassWildlife.
The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, February 15. None of the 2015-2016 MA JDS winners were from the Cape and Islands.
The winner of the national contest is sold as a stamp each year by the United States Postal Service for $5. All proceeds benefit the JDS program.
Complete information about entering the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp competition is available here.