Winning entries from the 2012 Washington State Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition are on display at McNary National Wildlife Refuge’s Environmental Education Center till the end of March. The exhibit includes Washington’s Best of Show artwork—a redhead duck—by Charity Young of Camus. Also on display are three winning entries by local students from the Tri-Cities area.
The Junior Duck Stamp program connects students to nature through science and art. The program teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Each spring, students submit artwork to their state contests. The artwork is judged, and one Best of Show entry from each state is sent to compete in the national competition. The winning entry at the national level becomes the next Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Washington’s 2013 competition will be held at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia in late March. Entry forms and contest guidelines are available online atwww.fws.gov/juniorduck/.
The McNary National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The center is located at 311 Lake Road in Burbank, Washington. From the Tri-Cities, take I-182 East to Burbank. I-182 becomes US 12 east of Pasco. Take the right-hand exit onto SR124 toward Burbank/Waitsburg. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right on Lake Road. In about 1 mile, turn right into the parking lot for McNary Environmental Education Center, just after the slough.