Welcome to Cascade County Extension

MSU Extension provides non-formal education and learning activities for individuals throughout the county from farmers  and rural residents to urban communities.  MSU Cascade County Extension emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education to bring it directly to the people of Cascade County to create positive changes. Find classes to improve your quality of life, engage with community members, and find solutions to real-world issues. 


How May We Assist You?


4-H & Youth


Cascade County proudly offers 4-H, a nationally recognized youth enrichment program, to youth ages 5-18. Our 2018-2019 4-H year saw 318 youth and 108 adult volunteers enrolled.


Family & Consumer


FCS serves individuals and families by providing educational resources in the areas of community health, financial management, family and human development, food and nutrition, and housing and environmental health.



SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. SNAP-Ed can help people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch. SNAP-Ed works with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Master Gardener

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The program's purpose is to provide technical assistance and unbiased, research-based information in consumer horticulture to people in all Montana communities through qualified volunteers.

MSU Extension

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What is a MontGuide?

Current information in a concise format on topics relevant to you! MontGuides are free and can be mailed to you for a nominal fee.

Agriculture & Natural


MSU Extension Cascade County provides educational opportunities and resources for agronomy, livestock, private pesticide certification, shelterbelts and windbreaks, forage producers, and more.


News & Upcoming Events

 (Contact the Extension Office at 406-454-6980 for more information. Activities are held at the
Cascade County MSU Extension office located at 3300 3rd Street NE #9, Great Falls unless otherwise noted.)



Calendars for Sale ($15) at the Extension Office, we still have three left!


January 8, 2020 4-H Market Beef Intent due with out a late fee

January 8, 2020 4-H Project Day Signup Due

January 10, 2020 Golden Triangle Cropping Seminar, Great Falls College MSU Heritage Hall 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 11, 2020 4-H Project Day

January 12, 2020 4-H Market Beef Weigh-in, Western Livestock Auction 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

January 13-February 17, 2020 FCS Read on the Money information and registraion

January 14, 2020 4-H Air Rifle Competition Prep, Registration due January 8

January 14, 2020 4-H Leaders Council Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

January 15, 2020 Independent Study and Self-Determined Project Plan Agreement due to office

January 15, 2020 Citizen Washington Focus Applications and Leadership Washington Focus Applications due

January 16, 2020 Sew for a Cause, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

January 25, 2020 4-H Leaders Workshop, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

January 28-March 3, 2020 Powerful Tools for Caregivers six-week program, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Great Falls Public Library, Powerful Tools for Caregivers Registration Due January 27, 2020

January 29, 2020 Meals in Minutes information and registration (Electric Pressure Cooker hands-on learning), 1:00-3:00 p.m. **NEW DAY AND TIME ADDED**

January 30, 2020 Meals in Minutes information and registration (Electric Pressure Cooker hands-on learning), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


February 1, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Archery Invitational

February 3, 2020 ServSafe Food Manager Training Registration Due

February 4, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

February 4, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 5, 2020 4-H Project Day signups due (Registrations coming Soon)

February 6, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee 5:30 p.m.

February 8, 2020 4-H Project Day 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Workshops include: Dog Obedience, Cat, Cloverbuds, Livestock Quality Assurance, Robotics, and Cake Decorating

February 10, 2020 ServSafe Food Manager Training, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

February 11, 2020 Hemp Seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Great Falls College MSU Heritage Hall, 2100 16th Ave South, Great Falls

February 13, 2020 MSU Schutter Diagnostics Lab on the Road, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 4201 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls

February 18, 2020 Cascade 4-H Foundation Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

February 18, 2020 4-H Camp Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 24-25, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Communications Contest



March 4, 2020 Private Pesticide Applicator Initial Training Registration Due

March 11, 2020 Private Pesticide Applicator Initial Training, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Montana ExpoPark's Paddock Club, 400 3rd Street NW, Great Falls,

March 27-28, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Community Service Project ~ Baby Blankets (Details to come)

March 31, 2020 Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship applications due (must be dropped off, emailed or postmarked by this date)


April 1, 2020 Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

April 24-26, 2020 Montana 4-H Rec Lab, Hobson (Details to Come)

June 7-10, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Camp (Staff will arrive June 6), Camp Rotary, Neihart

July 8-12, 2020 Montana 4-H Congress, Bozeman

July 24, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Horse Show (Details to come)