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A duck call for new 4-H members

4-H members of the Junior Duck Stamp Club show off their duck decoys in progress
4-H members of the Junior Duck Stamp Club show off their duck decoys in progress

About the 4-H Junior Duck Stamp Club:

Delaware 4-H announces a welcoming ‘duck call’ to all Delaware youth ages 8-19 to join the New Castle County 4-H Junior Duck Stamp Club.  The Federal Junior Duck Stamp program is a national conservation program through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that uses art and STEM activities to increase youth interest in and understanding of wetland and waterfowl conservation for kindergarten through 12th grade. The club utilizes activities from the Federal Junior Duck Stamp curriculum as well as nature field trips and art workshops to engage the participants in hands-on experiential learning.  The end goal for the youth is to create an artwork that will compete in the statewide (and potentially national) competition to become the next Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

A 4-H member of the Junior Duck Stamp Club observes waterfowl in its natural habitat
A 4-H member of the Junior Duck Stamp Club observes waterfowl in its natural habitat

How to Participate in the Club:

Although you do not need to be a 4-Her to participate in the state Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program art and conservation message competitions in March, you do need to be a 4-Her to attend 4-H Junior Duck Stamp Club meetings, nature field trips, and art workshops.  Any 4-Her can attend the club meetings for free (thanks to the generosity of the 4-H Foundation), they only need to fill out the 4-H enrollment form found here. You only need to attend one club meeting to be considered a member of the 4-H Junior Duck Stamp Club!

The field trip to the DuPont Environmental Education Center costs $8 for programming provided by the Delaware Nature Society, and the field trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is $4 for parking. The art workshop is a NCC 4-H Winter Workshop for 4-Hers and will have a small cost associated with it to cover the cost of supplies (to be determined).

Junior Duck Club Meeting Schedule

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: New Castle County 4-H Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, Del. 19716
Cost: None
Ages: 8-19
Enrollment: 4-H enrollment and health form completed through 4HOnline
Dates:
2016: Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
2017: Jan. 19

Nature Field Trip – DuPont Environmental Education Center
Date: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1400 Delmarva Ln, Wilmington, DE 19801
Cost: $8
What: Learn photography skills and how to compose outstanding photos where the city, river and marsh meet. Capture the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and waterfowl through the lens of a digital camera. Dip-net for waterfowl foods and learn about aquatic plants in the marsh (2:00 to 3:00 p.m.).
Who: Registered 4-H members
Contact Autumn Starcher by October 28th to participate

Nature Field Trip – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
Cost: $4
What: Explore the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge trails, observation towers, and nature center.  Discover numerous waterfowl species in the peak of fall migration.
Who: Registered 4-H members
Contact Autumn Starcher by November 18th to participate

Winter Art Workshop
Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: New Castle County 4-H Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716
Cost: TBD
What: Create a work of art and conservation message that will compete in the Delaware Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition in March 2017.  This piece can also be used as a Delaware State Fair entry!!
Who: Registered 4-H members
Register with the NCC 4-H Office to participate

 

For more information, please contact Autumn Starcher.   Click here>>> Junior Duck Stamp Club flyer 2016-17

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