Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

Get Involved

Why Wetlands?
What is an IBI?
Invert. Sampling (spineless critters)
Vegetation Sampling
Get Involved
Training and Events
Resources and Presentations
Wetlands Monitored
Wetland Sites Map (Dakota County)
WHEP Reports and Data
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us



     "Never doubt that a small group of
committed citizens can
      change the world:  
indeed it's the
      only thing that ever has."
                          -Margaret Mead

Learn about the time commitment, team locations, and registration materials, then look at the Upcoming workshops and events.  No experience is necessary.  We provide the training and equipment.


The Average Team:

  • Usually consists of 6-12 adult volunteers, each volunteer dedicating between 20 and 40 hours throughout the summer.
  • Collects samples as a group, the team leader provides all of the direction and schedules the sampling events.
  • Samples during the evening hours on select weekdays, and during the day on select weekends.  (Primarily in June and July).
  • Monitors up to 4 wetlands in the sponsoring community and 1 wetland in a neighboring community.

Ready to Volunteer?
Register between March and May. Volunteering begins at the end of May through August.

Follow instructions below for either Hennepin or Dakota County. Volunteers are asked to register prior to the Field Methods Training in May. 

Hennepin County applications are submitted online. Please visit hennepin.us and search for WHEP. The link to the application is on the main WHEP page. 

Dakota County registrations open beginning in March 2020. Fill in an application now and be notified when the program opens in the spring. Register on the Dakota County volunteer website. Direct volunteer registration questions to Garrett Zaffke at 651-438-4635 or garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us.

Hennepin County
Mary Karius
Environmental Services
701 Fourth Ave. S.,
Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Dakota County
Paula Liepold
Environmental Resources
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-891-7117
Fax: 952-891-7588

What Can I Do To Help Wetlands?
  • Join a team of other interested citizens who are concerned about wetlands in your area
  • Attend a training workshop to get the skills you need to get involved
  • Visit your assigned wetlands several times during each field season to conduct sampling
  • Collect and submit data with the help of your team members and leader

Choose to join a team that samples close to your home or work.  Teams are named after their city, county, or watershed location.

Dakota County
Hennepin County

  • Apple Valley
  • Burnsville
  • Dakota County Parks 
  • Eagan
  • Farmington
  • Hastings
  • Lakeville
  • Mendota Heights
  • North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization 
  • Rosemount
  • South St. Paul
  • West St. Paul

Eden Prairie

Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission


Shingle Creek Watershed
West Mississippi Watershed