Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

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 will be held on March 30th. This jeopardy-style event is open to everyone, no registration required! Feel free to join here.
WHEP State Competition will be held on May 22nd at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. More details to come!


Interested in becoming a WHEP Coach?

Coaches Workshop Information

WHEP Coach Resources


Recruitment and Marketing Materials