North Carolina 4-H Team Competes at Nationals

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This has been a great year for our 4-H’ers in the Wildlife Habitat Education Program! We had five counties and about 25 youth participating at the state contest, with two senior teams competing for a chance to go on to the national contest.

That honor went to the Edgecombe County 4-H WHEP team, and they represented North Carolina at the 2019 National WHEP Contest in July. The site host was Rock Springs 4-H Center, outside of Junction City, Kansas. The team was able to do some learning and exploring while in Kansas, saying, “During the WHEP educational activities and in our free time, we saw lots of prairie grasses, forbs, and flowers…You always hear that Kansas is flat, but the flint hills can actually be steep!”

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NC WHEP Team Members from Edgecombe County in the tallgrass prairie in Kansas. L-R: Tommy Evans, Jeffrey Bradley, Greyson Vaughan

The team saw a number of new plant and animal species as they explored the area and prepared for the contest, though they never found a greater prairie chicken which had been the focus of their studies. When asked to reflect on the contest itself, they said “the contest itself was challenging, but not complicated…We are thankful to have had this opportunity to see new places and be part of a National 4-H event. The whole experience was a lot of fun, and if we could, we would definitely go back!”

Want to learn more about 4-H and WHEP? Visit our website and the national website for more information.

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NC WHEP Team showing their Wolfpack Pride! L-R: Jeffrey Bradley, County Extension Director Art Bradley, Greyson Vaughan, Tommy Evans, 4-H Agent and Team Coach Misty Varnell

Photos courtesy of Misty Varnell