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Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Resources

WHEP is a program hosted by Iowa State Extension and coached by Poweshiek County Conservation designed to introduce students in grades 4-12 to Iowa's various habitats, the animals who live there, and strategies for maintaining or improving wildlife habitats.

The WHEP team meets once a week on Zoom from November to May. If you have a youth who would be interested in signing up contact Naturalist Amy for more information at


In 2022, the students learned about animals of urban areas as well as animals in the tallgrass prairie. In addition to identifying these animals, and knowing about their life histories, team members must know about different wildlife management practices such as setting back habitat succession, surveying wildlife populations, or planting native species to impact wildlife populations. 

Click here for a video overview of the 2022 Iowa WHEP competition. 

Download the WHEP manual to learn about all the ecoregions, species, and management practices. 

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The materials below are study materials from the 2021-2022 season. Check them out and see how you do! 

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