TAKE NOTE: Currently the WHEP website is undergoing a new design and a new set up for mobile apps. The new site will be fully operational soon. If you need any information or have any questions please contact Jarred Brooke, extension wildlife specialist with Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources, at jmbrooke@purdue.edu or call 765.494.8459. Thank you for your patience.

WHEP is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior level (ages 8-19) youth in the United States.

Studying a science-based manual, participants:

  • Learn wildlife terms and concepts
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

The WHEP 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.

In 1996 WHEP was awarded the Conservation Education Award by The Wildlife Society; which is the only professional organization that certifies wildlife biologists nationwide.