What Is WHEP?

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WHEPThe  Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), is a national program. The basic premise of WHEP is to teach valuable skills and knowledge to young people, who, in turn, teach their parents. Today’s students are our future land stewards. Students in WHEP have a greater understanding of the value of land and how it can be managed to benefit many wildlife and fish species. When they join the work force, former WHEP participants can apply their WHEP skills and knowledge to create better habitat for wildlife and fish, no matter what professional field they have chosen.WHEP provides youth a chance to learn about wildlife around them, and an opportunity to explore new places. WHEP is split into to groups, WHEP Junior and WHEP Senior. The Junior Group is for ages 8-13 and the Senior Group is for ages 14-18. These groups compete in four different activities:

1. Wildlife Identification & Knowledge 

2. Identifying Wildlife Foods 

3. Aerial Photos 

4. On-site Wildlife Management Practices


WHEP participants also get to be a part of the state contest which is a fun-filled day with opportunities to meet other WHEP members from other counties in North Carolina. WHEP events help participants develop critical thinking skills and they learn how to work as a team. Kids are given real world situations and work together to provide solutions to natural resource problems.

Union County Extension will be hosting an information session about WHEP, and how you can join.


Thursday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m.


Union County Agriculture Center

3230 Presson Rd. 

Monroe, NC 28112

You can register for this event for FREE, at the Union County Wildlife Habitat Program Info Session Registration link.

For any additional questions on WHEP, contact 4-H Director, Crystal Starkes at (704) 283-3725.