Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp "Best of Show" on Display at Visitor Welcome Center in Hagerstown

Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp "Best of Show" on Display at Visitor Welcome Center in Hagerstown
Traveling Student Art Exhibit Premiers at Hagerstown-Washington County's CVB

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) proudly announces the arrival of the Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp traveling exhibit. The exhibit will be on display at the Visitor Welcome Center, in downtown Hagerstown, until August 25.
Hundreds of Maryland students each year participate in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Introducing the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into the classroom teaches students about waterfowl, wetland ecology, and wildlife conservation while meeting national education outcomes for science, English, and art. The students are then encouraged to research a waterfowl species and depict it in an artistic media. Entries from Maryland students in grades K-12 from public, private, and home schools, are submitted each year to Patuxent Research Refuge.
The four grade categories are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Artwork is judged in its category by a panel of local wildlife and art experts. Each grade category receives three first place, three second place, three third place, and 16 honorable mentions. The Best of Show for Maryland is chosen from the first place winners. Maryland's Best of Show is sent to Washington DC to compete at the national level. The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
Each entrant receives a certificate of participation. Past Maryland awards have included ribbons, savings bonds, art supplies, and various other gifts donated by sponsors. Maryland's winners are invited to the awards ceremony in May at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on tour throughout the state of Maryland till November.
CVB President Tom Riford said, "It's exciting for our Visitors Center to host the exhibit of student artwork from around the State of Maryland. Our organization supports parks, wildlife conservation, and arts and culture, so this is a perfect fit for us. This exhibit has been well received since it was unveiled earlier this week." Riford praised the quality of the dozens of student artwork on display.
The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 North Potomac Street and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com. Phone: 301-791-3246.
To purchase Federal Junior Duck Stamps call AMPLEX (800) DUCK-499.
For additional information about the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program go to www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com