Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

WHEP State Competition

Registration for the first annual WHEP State Competition is now open! The event will be held on May 22nd at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and will go from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Youth will test their knowledge of WHEP curriculum and learn more about the refuge and various wildlife management practices! Covid-19 restrictions and mitigation efforts will be followed. Registration costs are $15 per youth, and that inlcudes lunch and a WHEP t-shirt. You can register for the event on 4-H Online

What is WHEP?

The WHEP (National Wildlife Habitat Education Program) is a hands-on environmental education program. WHEP also provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition, as each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest where teams of 3-4 similarly aged individuals gather. The winning senior (14-19 years of age) WHEP team from each state earns the right to attend the annual National WHEP Contest, typically held the last full week of July. The national contest moves to a different state each year.

What do Participants Study?whep

  • Learn wildlife terms and concept
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

Click here to find out more about WHEP at the National level!


Save the Dates

WHEP Quiz Bowl: A virtual quiz bowl for youth was held on March 30, 2021. Congratulations to our WHEP Quiz Bowl Winners, the Pow Prowlers in Poweshiek County! Youth can practice their WHEP knowledge any time by playing the jeopardy game.
WHEP State Competition will be held on May 22nd at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. Both junior and senior teams are invited to attend! Youth can register for the competition through 4-H Online.


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