Become a nature watcher! Learn to tell the difference between different types of fish and animals by learning about animal species. Nature is all around you – no matter where you live! You will explore your natural surroundings through this project, including conservation and wildlife management.
Experiences and learning opportunities includes:
- habitat management
- wildlife biology and ecology
- hunting and fishing
- wildlife watching
- Quick Reference Schedule of Events/Trainings/Activities
- Educator’s Resource to Texas Mammal Skulls and Skins
- Fish Study Guide
- Hunter Skills Trail Manual
- Repairing 3-D Decoys for Hunter Education
- Skill of Observation Activity | Activity Form
- Texas 4-H Forestry Invitational Handbook
- Texas State Parks Youth Group Annual Pass Application
- What is “WHEP”?
- Wildlife ID Guide
- Wildlife Tracks Fact Sheet
Roundup Wildlife Challenge
The 4-H Roundup Wildlife Challenge covers material found within five 4-H Natural Resources projects: Wildlife Habitat Education Project (WHEP), the hunting & wildlife discipline in shooting sports, entomology, forestry, and sportfishing. Contestants will explore all five of these projects while preparing for the challenge. Visit the State Roundup webpage to learn more.
State WHEP Contest
The Texas 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Project (WHEP) State Contest covers information in the current National WHEP Manual and the WHEP Contest Rules and Procedures documents below.
- WHEP State Contest Rules and Procedures
- WHEP State Contest Information
- WHEP Manual:
- Section 01 – History, Table of Contents and Introduction
- Section 02 – Preparing for Contests
- Section 03 – WHEP Activities and Scoring
- Section 04 – Wildlife Management Concepts and Terms
- Section 05 – Ecoregions
- Section 06 – Wildlife Species #1| #2 | #3 | #4
- Section 07 – Wildlife management practices (WMPs)
- Section 08 – Population Management Practices
- Section 09 – Fish Pond and Stream Management Practices
- Section 10 – Urban Wildlife Management Practices
- Section 11 – Appendix
Practice Wildlife Contests
Practice contests are held at various locations around the state for adult leaders and youth to learn contest format and procedures, and practice application of knowledge and skills. These practice contests typically cover either WHEP or Wildlife Challenge.
Stock Show Wildlife Contests
All stock show contests registrations are made through the local county AgriLife Extension offices.
- 2018 State Fair Wildlife Study Resource & Procedures
- 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show Wildlife Contest Study Resources and Procedures
- 2019 Houston Stock Show Wildlife Contest Study Resource and Procedures