Wildlife Habitat Education Program


The National Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

What is WHEP?

The WHEP (National Wildlife Habitat Education Program (whep.org)) 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.

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.

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

Warren County WHEP
Warren County currently has access to one of a few WHEP kits. Each kit includes a selection of pelts and skulls of species found in New York State as well as various infographics about certain species.


John Bowe
Executive Director

Last updated October 18, 2023