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2013 WHEP Weekend

Olivia Young, Riley Powers, Robert Bower, Tori Mann, Jonathan Minter, Joshua Frick, Halley Donati, Ben Truxel, Dillon Young, Dustin Herald, Deanna Herald, Rob Bower, Emily Mckenzie, Scott Powers, Alex Kerns, : Jim Serfass, Dwayne Murphy

Taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather in the mountains, 17 4-H members and volunteers from Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, and Harford counties, along with 3 4-H educators, attended the 1st Annual 4-H WHEP Weekend.  The three-day educational program was hosted at Camp Misty Mount at Catoctin Mountain National Park in Frederick County.  The purpose of the WHEP Weekend was to provide hands-on experiences in wildlife management and to give participants the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field.
      Participants in the program slept in rustic cabins, put on their gloves and removed invasive plant species, and learned about the on-going deer management plan being implemented in the Park.  While enjoying the natural surroundings, participants learned about basic ecological concepts and wildlife management practices. Team-building activities and campfires were also popular events in the Weekend's schedule. On the final morning, there was an opportunity for 4-Hers to use some tools of the wildlife management trade, as they learned how to use GPS units.    Overall, participants had a great educational experience. The plan is to hold the WHEP Weekend at a new location in Maryland every fall.
      The Weekend's activities were based on material from the National 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program Manual, which can be found on-line at The National 4-H WHEP Contest is held each July.  The Maryland 4-H WHEP Contest will be held on May 3rd, 2014. If interested, please keep checking E-News and Updates for study materials and contest details in the coming months!

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