The Osceola Public Library and the Clarke Area Arts Council invite the public to the free 2019 Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Contest display through November at the the Osceola Public Library. Visit the library to see some amazing artwork from students grades K-12. The exhibit includes 36 pieces of artwork of Iowa’s firs, second and third place winners. Olivia Payne, a 14-year-old from Knoxville, was the 2019 Iowa Best of Show winner. Olivia’s entry was a ruddy duck done in colored pencils. Her original artwork was sent to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national contest and is now traveling the United States as part of the state best of show winners.
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is modeled after the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the “Duck Stamp”. The Junior Duck Stamp cometition is held annually and all students ain grades K-12 may participate in the contest. The Federal Juior Duck Stamp Program is designed to teach students about conservation and wetlands habitat through an art and science-based curriculum.
Entries for the 202 contest must be postmarked by March 15, 2020. Please check the junior Duck Stamp website for instructions on mailing your entry. For more information about the contest, contact Doreen Van Ryswyk at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge at 5155-994-3400 or go to the website, www.fws.gov/duckstamps.