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
Development

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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
Sciences

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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-Ed
Nutrition

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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
Program

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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
Publications

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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
Resources

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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.)

FEBRUARY

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

February 20, 2020 4-H Small-bore (.22) Pistol Registrations Open

MARCH

March 3, 2020 4-H Small Bore (.22) Rifle Practice (Missouri River Shooters Association indoor range)

March 3, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

March, 3, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

March 4, 2020 Private Pesticide Applicator Initial Training Registration Due

March 4, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Registrations Due

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

March 5, 2020 4-H Small-bore (.22) Pistol Registrations Due

March 10, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council Meeting, 6:00 p.m. January Leaders Council minutes are available.

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 11, 2020 4-H Project Day Registrations Due

March 14, 2020 4-H Project Day 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

March 14, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 1: Integrated Pest Management; Landscape Design; Insects ID; Fruit Shrubs and Trees, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at the Fresh Food Forum, Great Falls College-MSU

March 14, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 1: Integrated Pest Management; Landscape Design; Insects ID; 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at the Fresh Food Forum, Great Falls College-MSU

March 17, 2020 4-H Camp Planning Meeting 6:00 p.m.

March 18, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 2: Welcome, Introduction; Soils, Nutrients and Fertilizer 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

March 21, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 2: Binomial Nomenclature: Soil, Nutrients, and Fertilizers; Season Extension; 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

March 25, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 3: Plant Growth and Development 1 and 2; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

March 26, 2020 4-H Dog Obedience

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

March 28, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 3: Plant Growth and Development 1 and 2; movie, "Plant Talk"; 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

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

April

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

April 1, 2020 4-H Project Day Signup Due

April 1, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 4: Growing Vegetables 1 and 2; 1st Half Take-home Test Distributed; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

April 4, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 4: Insects of Woody Ornamentals; Diseases of Woody Ornamentals; Turfgrass Pests; 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

April 15, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 5: 1st Half Take-home Test Due; Herbaceous Ornamentals, Planting Trees and Shrubs

April 18, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 5: Diseases and Pests of Vegetables; Diseases and Pests of Tree Fruit and Small Fruit; Plant Propagation; Test Review as needed; 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

April 22, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 6: Lawns and Turfgrass, Irrigation, Compost; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

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

April 25, 2020 Master Gardener Level 2 Class 6: Certification Test offered at 10:00 a.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

April 29, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1 Class 7: Pruning, Small Fruit, and Tree Fruit; 2nd Half Take-home Test Distributed; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services building

 

**MARK YOUR CALENDAR**

May 2-3, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Horse Camp, 406 Arena, Vaughn

May 8, 2020 Master Gardener Level 1: 2nd Half Take-home Test Due; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Mail or drop off at the Extension Office

June 7-10, 2020 Cascade County 4-H Camp (JDs 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)

August 29-30, 2020 Montana 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals, Great Falls

September 11-13, 2020 Montana 4-H State Horse Show, Livingston