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4-H Logo4-H Wildlife Projects

Each of the projects incorporates experiential learning opportunities that will form a base for further discovery in the wildlife area of your choice. Projects are divided into two age categories 9-12 and 13-15. Anyone, regardless of involvement in 4-H may utilize these projects. 4-H Wildlife Projects can be found by visiting this web page.

Extension Forestry: Offerings for 4-H Youth & Adults (2014 Volunteers Leaders Conference Presentation)

4-H Forestry and Wildlife Presentations

Box TurtleInformation regarding Forestry and Wildlife presentations can be found by following this link. Ideas for presentations include the 4-H Wildlife Projects (information above), in-depth information on a favorite wildlife species, forest management, tree insects and diseases, just to name a few.

Young man measuring tree diamter with Biltmore Stick

WHEP – Wildlife Habitat Education Program

WHEP is a national 4-H program that:

  • teaches 4-Hers about the fundamentals of wildlife management
  • brings 4-Hers together to develop team skills
  • promotes and develops leadership skills among 4-Hers
  • provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to work with natural resource professionals.

YouthAlthough WHEP is a competitive event, its primary purpose is to increase participant’s knowledge of wildlife management while promoting life skills. The basis of the program is the NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide, which covers wildlife habitat management concepts and helps participants prepare for the annual state contest.

What is NC WHEP? from the 2016 NC Volunteer Leaders Conference

2024 NC WHEP State Contest

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Tryon, NC
9:30 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: April 19

Registration Memo

Fillable PDF Registration Form

NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide – 5th Edition 
This version of the guide includes the revisions to the WMPs, January 2014 (which replaced pages 44 & 45 in the 4th edition of the NC WHEP guide) as well as the 2016 update of the new wildlife identification list (Table 2. Selected Wildlife Species for Identification). This list does not change the management species for the 2017 NC Contest.

NEW Training Resources!

Contact Renee to be added to the Google Training Site (for 4-H Agents/Volunteer Leaders only)

I have scanned and uploaded the aerial photos from the 2014 and 2015 contest and the key to help you work with your teams on this event.

WHEP Assistance
Ideas to help train your WHEP team

10 Tips for a Successful Team

National WHEP Web Site (new web page)

4-H Forestry Contest

Young woman dentifying a pine tree

The 4-H Forestry Contest helps develop appreciation for the importance of conserving forestland as a source of products, benefits, and services necessary for quality living. 4-H foresters learn practical forest management skills through participation in the 4-H Forestry contest. Learning these skills will help our leaders of tomorrow be prepared to own forestland or deal with environmental issues in the future. Events covered at the state contest include tree identification, tree measurement, insect and disease identification, and compass traverse.

The state forestry contest will help determine the Senior Division team that will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National Forestry Invitational in West Virginia in July of the following year.

2024 NC 4-H Forestry Contest

September 21, 2024
Raleigh, NC
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration Deadline: TBD
Registration Memo
Registration Form

NC 4-H Forestry Invitational Handbook

NEW Training Resources!

Contact Renee to be added to the Google Training Site (for 4-H Agents/Volunteer Leaders only)

NC Forest Service Educational State Forests are home to PLT Tree Trunks that can help support your 4-H Forest Training Efforts.

North Carolina 4-H Forestry Invitational presentation from the 2016 Volunteer Leaders Conference

National 4-H Forestry Invitational web site clicking on this link will take you to a new page. The national page has all the resources for training forestry teams and working with groups interested in learning about forestry. Read about the great success the North Carolina 4-H Forestry Team had at the 2018 National Invitational!

Key Contacts

Renee Strnad
Extension Forestry Environmental Educator
NC Project Learning Tree Coordinator

Location: 4225 Jordan Hall II, NCSU Campus
Fax: 919-515-6883

Written By

Robert Bardon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Robert BardonAssociate Dean of Extension, Department Extension Leader & Professor Call Dr. Robert Email Dr. Robert Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 4 months ago
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