Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

WHEP State Competition

May 21,2022 | 8:30AM-4:30PM

Held at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
Junior Division 8-13 Years Old

Senior Division 14-19 Years Old


One WHEP Manual will be provided for each youth team to use for the field component of the State Competition. The 2022 WHEP competition will focus on the Tallgrass Prairie and Urban ecoregions and species.

Register through 4HOnline. Registration closes May 1st.

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

Interested in becoming a WHEP Coach?

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Preparing for the WHEP State Competition

WHEP Coach Resources

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