Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H

(Wildlife Habitat Education Program)

Wisconsin 4-H Forestry


Participation in Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H & Wisconsin 4-H Forestry activities are open to all enrolled Wisconsin 4-H club members interested in wildlife and forestry. You can be enrolled in any 4-H project and participate in Wildlife WHEP WI 4-H and Forestry activities.

Overview: Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H & Wisconsin 4-H Forestry offers hands-on learning activities, workshops, wildlife/forestry contests, art contests, and community service activities as opportunities of learning for 4-H members and their families.  Competition is open to all 4-H youth member in grades 3 through 13.  The activities are led by 4-H youth leaders and 4-H adult volunteers.

Goals:  Our goal is to provide an opportunity for youth to gain valuable forestry and wildlife knowledge, develop life skills, provide new experiences, and career opportunity related information.  Other goals are to recruit and train youth/adult 4-H volunteers leaders and encourage family participation in natural science activities.  More time outdoors means more fun!

Resources:  The nationally recognized 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) & 4-H Forestry Manuals are used as the basic teaching tools.  The manuals and reference information are available online for Wildlife  and Forestry .  A condensed selection of topics is also available on this website.  Please note – use of local and state website resources is highly recommended.

Topics for Classes & Skill Level Booklets:  The class topics lists and Wildlife & Forestry “Skill Level” booklets provide ideas for classroom topics and activities indoors and outdoors.

Wildlife & Forestry Workshop Contests:  Statewide competition is held in April each year. In wildlife, an ecoregion, listed species of critters, foods, and management practices are used each year. In forestry, it is about tree ID, forestry management practices, measurements, tree diseases, orienteering, topographic maps, and more. In both, youth will learn about wildlife connection to urban/rural trees and the forest. There are 3 age divisions. Individual & team registration forms are available on this website.  Four member teams are selected for national participation in the WHEP & Forestry Contests. Older youth can participate one time in each contest in your 4-H career. Study guides are available. It is highly recommended to participate in a contest to learn about the contest process.

Wildlife & Forestry Art Contests: Display your wildlife or forestry art items at the April or August Art contests. Go on the website and look over the “Art” registration forms where there are 18 different categories in 3 age divisions. Mail in the registration form now. Club and county wildlife & forestry art contests are encouraged. We can help you organize it.

“Backyard & Back 40” Wildlife Activities: Wildlife WHEP WI 4-H and Wisconsin 4-H Forestry will help your county with resources and offers assistance with the following activities: 1.) Purple Loosestrife Beetle Growing Program, 2.) Building Bat Houses, 3.) Pollinator Habitat Improvement, 4.) Building Butterfly & Rain Gardens, 5.) Milkweed & Monarch Project, 6). Improving Habitat for Migrating Land Birds, 7.) Improving Upland Bird Habitats, 8.) Water & Riparian Areas Improvements, 9.) Trees for Wildlife, Recreation, & A Renewable Resource, 10.) Understanding Distance, Directions, & Lay of the Land. We’ll adjust any activity to meet your needs.

4-H Wildlife Youth Leadership & Career Explorations: Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H & Wisconsin 4-H Forestry encourages youth leadership participation and career explorations through 4-H projects and related activities. Hands-on training is available. Here is a great opportunity to learn more “life skills” and enhance your resume. It is fun learning too.

Looking for Wildlife & Forestry Activities for your next event: Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H and Wisconsin 4-H Forestry promotion committee can do a presentation in your county. We have many age specific hands on activities to share. The typical hands-on activities are approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours long and are adjusted to your needs. “Youth and Adult Leader” training opportunities are included in the programs. It is a great new leader recruitment opportunity. Contact us anytime.

“TRACKS”: Our email newsletter (4 annually) includes information on Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H and Wisconsin 4-H Forestry activities. Contact us and we’ll add you to the email list.

Special Thanks” are extended to the following for making the “Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H” & “Wisconsin 4-H Forestry” programs, possible: Wisconsin Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation; Mad City Gobblers; Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H Friends; Wisconsin 4-H Forestry Friends; Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H & Forestry – Washington County; Washington County (Hartford Chapter) Whitetails Unlimited; Northern Kettle Moraine Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited; Wildlife WHEP Wisconsin 4-H & Wisconsin 4-H Forestry State Committee Members.

Advisor: Kevin Palmer for Wildlife WHEP WI 4-H & Wisconsin 4-H Forestry