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The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a hands-on natural resources program that is dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to young people. This year, the Alabama WHEP Contest will be held June 4-5 at Cheaha State Park.

Registration for the event closes April 30 in 4HOnline. It is $40 for participants and coaches, and includes one lunch, dinner, and t-shirt. Registration for guests is $20 and includes one lunch and dinner. There is no on-site registration. All event attendees must register via 4HOnline and payment received no later than May 15. For more information, view the registration tipsheet.

Contest Preparation

The 2020 Alabama WHEP Manual and Study Guide is used to prepare for the contest. This year, the contest will use the Southeastern Mixed Ecoregion.


A parent or guardian of each participant must complete and sign an Alabama 4-H Youth and Parent Consent Form. Completed consent forms may be submitted online or brought to the event by the adult chaperone.


Cheaha State Park is located in Delta, Alabama on top of Cheaha Mountain. The park is surrounded by Talladega National Forest. The Cheaha Trailhead provides access to the Pinhoti Trail that connects with the famous Appalachian Trail. There are wonderful hiking trails leading to waterfalls and more. Amenities include playgrounds, a swimming pool, lake, biking trails, dog park, and the Vista Cliffside Restaurant. There will not be a designated area on-site for guests and coaches to congregate during the event. Attendees are encouraged to take advantaged of all that the park and the surrounding area has to offer. For more information, visit www.alapark.com/cheaha-state-park.


County teams are responsible for making their lodging arrangements. For those that choose to stay on-site, Cheaha State Park Hotel is holding rooms at a discounted daily rate of $90 (double) on a first come first serve basis. Please call (256) 488-5111 or visit the website to make your reservations. Other on-site lodging options include chalets, cabins, and campsites.


4-H events are open to active members of a chartered Alabama 4-H or FFA club that has experiential learning in regularly scheduled and planned meetings. Participation is limited to those members who are actively participating in the 4-H program and have been a member for a minimum of 90 days.

The Alabama 4-H club year begins on August 1 and ends on July 31. Eligibility is based on age prior to January 1 of the Alabama 4-H club year. To be eligible for 4-H, young people must be 9 years old and no older than 18 years old prior to January 1. The Alabama 4-H Age and Eligibility Chart will help families, volunteers, and staff to determine the divisions of 4-H membership.

Counties and clubs may bring as many individual competitors and teams as they choose for the junior and senior divisions, as long as the team within the same division are coached by different coaches, and at different times and locations.

Team Selection

The four-member team for each county or club may or may not be designated prior to the state event. Coaches will have the choice of determining who is on the official team from a club or county, or allowing scores to determine who is on the official team. This information must be provided on the registration form due April 30.

If coaches choose to let the scores determine who is on the official team, they will be notified prior to the Written Management Plan event. It is the responsibility of the coach to notify all of their youth. Scores will be tabulated at the end of the first day.

For undesignated teams, the top four overall scoring individuals from each county or club will be determined, and these four individuals will comprise the official team. The Written Management Plan team event will be conduced the second day with the official teams. Others may participate in this event; however, each county/club will have only one official team.

Code of Conduct

All participants will be expected to follow the 4-H Code of Conduct.

National WHEP

The winning senior team will represent Alabama at the 2020 National WHEP Contest in Monticello, Kentucky July 19-22.


For more information, contact Emily Nichols, state Extension specialist, at (334) 844-5509 or ekn0001@aces.edu.

Download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2413 WHEP Contest Announcement.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

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