NH: Reminder — Junior duck stamp contest deadline in March 15, 2012

CONCORD, N.H.: Hey kids! Here’s a chance to express your
creativity, learn about wildlife and win cash prizes. Create your
own original artwork of a North American duck or goose and enter it
in the 2012 New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Entries
must be postmarked by March 15, 2012. The contest is open to New
Hampshire youth from kindergarten through grade 12. Entries are
judged on artistic merit and scientific accuracy in portraying the
waterfowl. The competition is open to public, private and
home-schooled New Hampshire students.

This year’s winners will take home some great prizes, made
possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The
artist selected as Best-of-Show will receive a $500 scholarship and
the first place winners in each age group will be awarded cash
prizes of up to $75.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department runs the statewide
competition, which is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. 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.

Don’t forget — entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.
Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements and an
entry form, can be downloaded from
http://www.wildnh.com/Education/Junior_Duck_Contest.htm, or contact
N.H. Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Coordinator Ellen Macneil at the
N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301;
email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov or call 603-271-2461.

The N.H. 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.

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.

Winning artwork in all categories will be displayed at N.H Fish
and Game headquarters in Concord, N.H., in April 2012.

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
http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/EducationProgram.htm.

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