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4-H clover 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

A man showing a pinecone to two kids in a wooded area.

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 through one-year post-high school (grade 13) an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition in teams of 3-4 similarly aged individuals led by a local 4-H volunteer coach. 

The winning senior WHEP team (14-19 years old) will attend the annual National WHEP Contest in late summer.

Resources and lessons


4-H WHEP state contest



Nicole Pokorney, Extension educator, pokorney@umn.edu

Drew Winegar, Extension executive office and administrative specialist, dwinegar@umn.edu, 218-327-5958  

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