Wildlife biology

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

4-H WHEP is a hands-on environmental education program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to youth. It provides participants in grades 3-13 an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition in teams of 3-4 of similarly aged individuals. The winning senior WHEP team (14-19 years old) will attend the annual National WHEP Contest, typically held the last full week of July. 

Learn more about the National 4-H WHEP competition.

Download the Wildlife Habitat Education Program manual.

Learn more about the 4-H Wildlife Biology Project.

4-H WHEP Coaches Resources

4-H WHEP Lesson 1: Wildlife Species Identification  

4-H WHEP Lesson 2: Habitat Management Practices 

4-H WHEP Lesson 3: Written Management Plan 

4-H WHEP State Contest 

4-H WHEP State Contest Information and Registration


Nicole Pokorney, Extension educator, pokorney@umn.edu ,507-536-6304