Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

WHEP State Competition

The Iowa WHEP State Competition will focus on the tallgrass prairie, urban, and
wetland ecoregions. All youth teams will be provided with a WHEP manual to use while
creating their written Wildlife Management Plan (WMP) at the Iowa State WHEP
Competition. However, this is not permitted at the National WHEP Competition.
The Iowa WHEP 2024 State Competition will include only Activity I (Individual Wildlife
Challenge) and Activity III A (Team Written Wildlife Management Plan).

WHO: Youth teams of 3-4 individuals. Youth may register in the Junior or Senior age
divisions. Awards will be given to youth teams and individuals for Junior and Senior age
divisions. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

•Junior Division: 8-13 years old
•Senior Division 14-19 years old.

WHEN: May 18, 2024

WHERE: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

REGISTRATION: Registration through 4-H Online, March 6 - April 28, 2024

COST: $15 per person

RULES: 2024 Iowa 4-H WHEP State Competition Rules

AGENDA: 2024 Iowa 4-H WHEP State Competition Agenda

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?

  • Learn about wildlife
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices

Preparing for the WHEP State Competition

WHEP Manual Resources
Youth WHEP Games and Activities

*The information in the following activities has been adapted, and with permission, directly from The National 4-H WHEP Manual, 5th Edition. The Flippity game show quizzes are intended for group audiences. Flippity game facilitators should have someone in the group read the text out loud during the game. Facilitators should describe any images and consider other access issues to best support the youth involved.

Information on Becoming a Coach
WHEP Coach Resources
Recruitment and Marketing Materials

For general questions about WHEP, registration, competitions, etc.

For questions about WHEP competitions, the WHEP manual, etc.