Clemson University

2024 South Carolina WHEP State Contest

Welcome to South Carolina WHEP!


The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a hands-on environmental education program that provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition, as each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest where teams of 3-4 similarly aged individuals gather. The deadline to register is March 29th, 2024.

WHEP is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior-level (ages 9 - 18) youth in the United States.


What do Participants Study?

  • Learn wildlife terms and concept
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management


This event is a hands-on contest for youth (ages 9-18) to put their knowledge and skills related to wildlife and habitat management to the test! Our WHEP State Contest will be held at Sandhill Research and Education Center (900 Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC 29229). Lunch and an event t-shirt will be provided to registered participants. Additional lunches and t-shirts can be purchased for $12 each with registration as needed.


Youth may register as a team (3 or 4 people per team, $35/team) or as an individual ($15). The contest is set up for:

  • Junior Division (9-13 years of age)
  • Senior Division (14-18 years of age)

Ages are calculated as of January 1, 2024.


For WHEP questions related to 4-H, please contact Mallory Maher at; for WHEP questions related to FFA, please contact Jason Gore at



Please note that this event and its coordinators do not assume custodial care of youth in attendance. Adults (parents, guardians, volunteers, coaches, or chaperones) must be present for the supervision of youth participants.

Civil Rights Statement

Friday, April 19

More dates through April 20, 2024

Sandhill REC
900 Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Event Type

Cooperative Extension

Target Audience

All Audiences


Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development, Statewide



$35 Team, $15 Individual

Contact Name:

Mallory Maher - 4-H

Contact Phone:


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