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4-H Programming


4-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, PDF)

4-H Forestry and Wildlife Presentations

Information 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.

box turtle

WHEP – The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation 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.

Although 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. We are proud to annouce that the North Carolina Quail Unlimited State Council continues to sponsor the NC WHEP program!!

WHEP participants looking at aerial photos

What is NC WHEP?  (PowerPoint Presentation)

What is NC WHEP? (PDF)

2014 NC WHEP State Contest
May 3, 2014
Carolina Beach State Park
Carolina Beach, NC (New Hanover County)

2014 WHEP Contest Memo and Registration Form

NC WHEP Activity Guide - 4th Edition
revisions to the WMPs, January 2014  UPDATE! (replaces pages 44 & 45 in the 4th edition of the NC WHEP guide)

WHEP Assistance
Ideas to help train your WHEP team

10 Tips for a Successful Team

National WHEP Web Site
The above link leads to a new web page

WHEP Brochure


4-H Forestry Contest

girl with longleaf pine


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.


2014 NC 4-H Forestry Contest
September 13, 2014
Schenck Memorial Forest
Raleigh, NC
Wake County

2014 Forestry Contest Annoucement and Registration

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.



Key Contacts

Renee Strnad
Extension Forestry Environmental Educator
NC Project Learning Tree Coordinator

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