Great outdoor opportunity for kids

Here’s a great outdoor adventure and opportunity for Maine kids. But you must act quickly. Here’s the info, provided by Maine’s Department of Inland fisheries and Wildlife.

Wildlife Habitat Education Program (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 9-19) youth in the United States.

Studying a science-based manual, participants learn: wildlife terms and concepts, about wildlife habitat, how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat, about wildlife habitat management practices, and about wildlife damage management.

Additional benefits come from the development of leadership capabilities, meeting other youth interested in wildlife, and interacting with wildlife professionals from across the state.

This upcoming retreat and training event is an opportunity for students ages 9-19 to be introduced  to the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) and prepare youth for competing at the State Contest in May and a chance to represent Maine at the National Competition in Kansas in July.

Join us April 18 & 19 at the UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond to work with and learn from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists, Land Trust Stewards, and Maine Forest Service Foresters. The cost to attend is $25 per student and is limited on a first-come, first-service basis to 25 students.

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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.