Jay N. Darling is a national treasure. We share this two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, writer, sportsman, Duck Stamp artist, world traveler, conservationist, National Wildlife Federation founder, musician, Cooperative Research Program founder, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge namesake, gardener, Sanibel and Captiva, pilot, Florida resident, visionary and — indeed — the prankster.

Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and Conservationist, recently visited the Jay N. Darling Center to share his perspective on Darling.

Still wondering what makes the Darling Center so valuable? Watch here!

Federal Duck Stamp Program

Jay Darling developed and implemented the Federal Duck Stamp Program while he served as the head of the U. S. Biological Survey, serving in FDR’s administration.  Funds from the sale of Duck Stamps support the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Each year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service holds an art contest to select a painting for the following year’s Duck Stamp.  The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point hosted the 2017 contest, and we were there.  Visit our Duck Stamp page to learn who won and see what we were doing.

Curriculum Development

The Darling Center is hard at work developing the Our Outdoor Heroes curriculum, which promotes conservation by connecting children to prominent conservation leaders.

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Darling-Inspired News!

Artist in Studio Program participant Will Schaeuble was accepted into the Art Institute of Chicago.

We Knew Him When: An Exhibit on Jay N. Darling, curated by Jay N. Darling Center Director Sam Koltinsky, is being hosted by Drake University on March 26 – August 31 in Drake University’s Cowles Library, 2725 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

“Iowa’s most famous cartoonist left a legacy greater than you imagined.  Here’s your chance to see it.”  A recent article in the Des Moines Register announces the opening of the new Jay N. Darling Exhibit at Drake University.

DSM Magazine honors the Darling Center in their latest January/February Edition. Check out the article here!

We recently welcomed Dennis Ryerson, former editor of Des Moines Register (1996 – 2001), to share his thoughts.

Darling’s holiday greeting!

Darling’s birthday celebration on October 21st at the Center.

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