Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a hands-on environmental education program that 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. 

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 9 - 18) youth in the United States.

What do Participants Study?

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

Online Wildlife Challenge

Registration for the Online Wildlife Challenge is now OPEN! The virtual opportunity is FREE and open to youth ages 9-18, along with adults and educators. Participants will receive a link to the online test via email, and can complete the test anytime between June 17th and June 19th.

Register for Online Wildlife Challenge


WHEP State Contest

The 2020 State Contest has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Be on the lookout for virtual opportunities coming this summer.

2021 State Contest will be held at Nemours Wildlife Foundation in the spring of 2021.

Contest Structure:
Junior Contest
Senior Contest


WHEP Manual - condensed for South Carolina (link)

Additional Resources:

For WHEP questions related to 4-H, please contact Mallory Dailey at mallord@clemson.edu; for WHEP questions related to FFA, please contact Jason Gore at jdgore@clemson.edu.