Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP)
The goal of California 4-H WHEP is to help participants develop an awareness of the environment and its associated problems. WHEP aims to engage those with knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.
The objectives of California 4-H WHEP are:
To explore wildlife management practices through experiential application
To initiate the development of life skills in order to promote beneficial wildlife and environmental practices
- To develop active leaders who model positive environmental behavior
WHEP began in 1978 as a state-wide wildlife judging program in Tennessee. In 1989, "wildlife judging" went nationwide. The program was officially named WHEP in 1990, and in 1996, WHEP won The Wildlife Society's Conservation Education Award. Participation in WHEP grew from 5 states in 1989 to 26 states in 1997. About 10,000 4-Hers nationwide participate in WHEP currently, and the number continues to increase.