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Printable version of May 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter May 2021

Upcoming Extension Meetings and Special Events

Forums, Committees & Councils

· Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, May 27th 6 pm 4-H Building

· Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, June 3rd at 5:45 pm  4-H Building

· Horse Committee: Thursday, May 13th at 6 pm at the Fairgrounds 4-H Building

· Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday,  May 11th 6 pm Fairgrounds 4-H Building

· Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Committee: Next meeting TBA

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings

🍀 May 5, Volunteer Leader Training, 6pm, Hampton Inn, all Leaders are encouraged to attend. Conducted by MSU State 4-H Administration

🍀 May 15, Cloverbud Meeting, 10 am at 4-H Building

🍀 May 15, Beef Clinic, 10am at Fairgrounds

🍀 May 22, Horse Clinic, 10 am at Rocky Mtn Riders Saddle Club, CFalls

🍀 May 22-23, Trail & Packing Campout at Swisher Lake Trailhead

🍀 May 24, Market Sheep weigh-in & Tagging, 4-6 pm at Fairgrounds, RSVP

🍀 May 31, Hog Replacement Cut-off

🍀 June 1, Horse Cards & Level Assessments Due

🍀 June 1, Deadline to Add or Drop projects

🍀 June 1, Meat Rabbit/Poultry Project enrollment Deadline

Watch your emails for dates and upcoming programs on ZOOM!


Check ZSuites for upcoming info.


The Office Administrator goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, many times the Extension office door is locked during that time. She also has occasional meetings and errand for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone, please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.


See our Google Calendar for Extension scheduled events!

Hello 4-H families,

Agent Search

The original closing date for applications was April 12, 2021. Due to an insufficient number of applicants the deadline has been extended for the national search.  We will review the applicant pool on May 7, 2021 to determine if there are sufficient qualified applicants to proceed.

Leader Training

The 4-H leader’s training in Kalispell at the Hampton Inn, 6:00-8:00 pm  May 5, 2021 conducted by Montana State 4-H administration. Please save the date. It would be great to see as many of you as possible. 

Office scheduling

If you have anything that you need from Dee, could you copy me on your request? I am helping her prioritize her workload. Normally, requests should go through the 4-H agent, but in the void, I’m glad to help.

I’m sure that you will join me in the search for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and highly qualified agent. I’m sending out all my positive vibes.

Please feel free to give me a call with any questions as we navigate this time together.

Best wishes,


Spring Reminders:

If you haven’t already put up your hummingbird feeders and yellow jacket wasp traps, now is a good time to do that. Hummingbirds can arrive anytime after April 15. On the 2021 Hummingbird Migration map, Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds have already been reported in our area. The Rufous travel approximately 4,000 miles from southern Mexico! When they arrive they are exhausted and will be searching for a food source.


Yellow jacket queens emerge abut this time looking  for a nesting area. They will soon give birth for up to 100,000 workers. These are the wasps that will be attempting to steal your picnic and become aggressive in the summer months. If you trap the queens now, they will not be able to build a colony and you will reduce the population substantially.


Hopefully, you had your bluebird houses installed by March 15. In many areas of the Flathead, the bluebirds  have already arrived and some have built their nests. If you haven’t, and you have an open grassy field, you may still have time to attract a pair.

Best of luck!



Master Gardener Level One

For those of you that have always wanted to take master gardener, but couldn’t find the time, we have the answer for you. Montana State University has put together an online course that you can take whenever and wherever you have internet access. You will have a whole year from the time you start the class to finish. Please contact the MSU Flathead County Extension office at 406-758-5553 or pmcglynn@montana.edu with any questions.


     This year the Country Cousins 4-H Club received the People Partners Grant,so far we have donated 217 kits and some miscellaneous individual items to Browning youths. The kits were full of many hygienic toiletries such as masks, dry shampoo, lotion, baby toothbrushes, toothbrushes, lotion, toothpaste, etc. We collected these through various donations from local businesses such as, J2 Office Products, North Star Dental, Thurston Orthodontics, Precision Engineering, New Fields, Big heart Dentistry, Rosauers, H2 Orthodontics, Krystal B., Debbie Owens, Dawn Violette, Brayton, Kids’ Dentistry on North Meridian, and Kalispell Kidd’s. We have also gotten various cash donations from these businesses. We plan to continue to collecting items throughout the summer, and if you would like to partner with us contact Dana Higgins at the Country Cousins.


Gabe Dowler

Country Cousins 4-H Club

Attention 4-H Club Reporters!!


What is a 4-H Club Reporter? Do you know what a news reporter is for the newspaper or for the TV news? A 4-H Club Reporters is the same thing except they report what is going on in their 4-H Club. Do you have a story you would like to feature in the Extension newsletter? We are going to feature a different club each month so get your keyboards ready and keep your ears and eyes open for some fabulous news to share with the Extension community. Email your story to dacooper@flathead.mt.gov. We can’t wait to see what is going on in your 4-H Club!

Cloverbud Activity Days!!!

Saturday May 15th, located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:00 am.

For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.


Join us for Camp Congress!

We won't be sleeping in tents or cabins, but we will be focusing on all of the things that make 4-H Camp great, like being outdoors, friendship and getting to know people, fun food and just spending time being together with your 4-H peers. 

July 13 - 16, 2021 on MSU Campus - Bozeman

4-H Congress will not look too different this year, but we are making some adjustments just to make sure everyone stays safe. You can expect sleeping in your own room in the Yellowstone dorm, spending a little more time outside than we have in the past, a more casual environment with less sitting at tables and in chairs in a ballroom, working together in small groups and wearing a mask and social distancing. What is important is we will be together and be able to learn, compete and build lasting relationships. 

Registration for 4-H Congress will be done through ZSuites this year. To participate in this event please contact your MSU Extension county office as soon as possible for county specific dates, deadlines and participation requirements. Look for registration to open on your ZSuite dashboard in May, 2021. 

What about the contests?

Like everything else we are working on the specifics of all of our state contests offered during Montana 4-H Congress, but they will all be offered. Members will register to participate in a contest during registration for the event. 

What about Pre-Congress?

We will be having a pre-congress component for those youth that would like to have a leadership role in the event. Pre-Congress applications will be due June 15 along with event registration. 

Can I still apply to be an Ambassador Officer?

YES! The Ambassador officer team is a vital part of the Montana 4-H program and we are looking forward to another great team and another great year. Application sill be due June 15 and officer selection will take place July 11-13.

Visit montana4h.org to learn more about programs and resourced offered. 

NW MT Fair Camping

The NWMT Camping Instructions document walks you through what you will see when you click this link: https://www.168tickets.com/event.php?venueID=212&eventCode=24500

Please do not to share the link as the spaces are not being made available to the general public.

Here’s the Info and Rules: Printable copy of camp info and rules (PDF)

Fair camping is a privilege extended to families participating in 4-H and FFA fair activities. Please familiarize yourself with the following information and rules to help make the fair experience enjoyable for all.


Standard spaces are 13 ft wide and are priced at $100. Spaces 45, 63, and 108-119 are 15 ft wide and cost $110. Spaces 1, 64, 65, 106, and 107 are 18 ft wide and cost $125.  Price includes a season wristband (value $25) for fair access for 1 adult. Any additional adults (or kids not showing animals) who plan to occupy your space must purchase day passes (or a wristband) from the Fair Office or plan to pay at the gate each time they enter.


IMPORTANT: Any RV occupying spaces 6-28 and odd numbered spaces 65-107 must be under 30 feet long (including tongue) to accommodate the fire lane.  Spaces 35 & 36 cannot accommodate units longer than 28 ft. Each length-restricted space will be paired with a designated parking space for your tow vehicle. Please consult the attached map to insure you purchase a space your camper fits! Space 103 still contains a large stump and is not available.


We are not limiting the quantity purchased (for those who like to purchase for a group or club), but each space must be occupied by a 4-H or FFA family in a tent, trailer or RV. We restrict this in order to accommodate as many families as possible. You may NOT purchase spaces for parking extra vehicles, accommodating extended family or friends, or just to spread out. If you are purchasing for just your family, you are restricted to ONE space.


A few other things to note:


Camping dates are Aug 13-23. Any additional nights can be purchased in advance at the normal rate of $25/night. Do not plan to bring your RV prior to the 13th unless you make arrangements with the Fair Office to do so as some spaces will not be available outside those dates.

110 electrical outlets are available at many sites, but not all.  Locations on the map are approximations only and do not guarantee plug access for any particular site. You may need a long extension cord and will need to be able to work out access with your fellow campers. The breakers are not sufficient for the number of users and will likely blow regularly. Don’t plan on it for A/C, fridge, hot water, etc.

No extra vehicles will be allowed in the campground area- Vehicles with feed passes will need to park in the North Parking Lot. Only vehicles with camping credentials may enter through the Camping Gate and park at your site or in its designated parking spot.

Bring the print-at-home “ticket” to the Fairgrounds Office to exchange for the actual credentials for campground access. Please note that these credentials allow access for your camper, tow vehicle and 1 occupying adult (wearing the wristband) only. Fair admission for others in your party must be purchased separately, and is required at the campground gate as well as all other gates.

Pets are prohibited.

Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc. have become a growing problem so they are NO LONGER ALLOWED in the camping area or any other part of the grounds. Please leave these at home.

Fairgrounds management reserves the right to revoke camping privileges if guidelines are not followed.


Printable version of Fair Camping Map 2021 (PDF)

Printable version of Camping Instructions (PDF)

Centennial Farm & Ranch Program

Sponsored by Montana Historical Society at montanahistoricalsociety.org

The Montana Historical Society Centennial Farm & Ranch Program preserves Montana’s strong agricultural roots and traditions that can define our Montana rural communities.  If you have land that owned by your family for 100 years or more it falls under the criteria of a Centennial Farm & Ranch, send in your application and preserve our Montana History.  You can apply at http://bit.ly/MTCFRapp or call (406)444-1687 to request an application by email or mail.

Printable version of Centennial Farm & Ranch Program Flyer (PDF)

Horse Project Dates to put on your Calendar!

May 22—Horsemanship Clinic, 10am at Rocky Mtn Riders Saddle Club Arena in Columbia Falls

June 1st Deadline to Notify/Turn in Horse Cards, Level Assessments, Add or Drop projects

August 1st Register for Fair

August 14th County Fair Horse Show

August 28th & 29th State Working Ranch Finals in Great Falls

September 24th—26th State Horse Show at the Cottonwood outside of Billings

Need to watch the Every Time Every Ride Video, it’s now on YouTube at

https://youtu.be/L7_Bpc_Q6hw  contact the Extension Office to notify you watched.

 4-H Trail & Packing 2021

Note: Helmets are required for riding at all clinics.

Campout – May 22 & 23, 2020 – Swisher Lake Trailhead – Eureka, MT

Level I – III – Trailhead camping

Level 4-5 – Packing in to Swisher Lake

Campout – July 2—5, 2021 – Morrison Creek Trailhead

4-H State Horse Show T-Shirt Design Contest

Help us design the T-Shirt for the 2021 State 4-H Horse Show

Please send your design or photo by July 1st to

Ben Hauptman—ben.hauptman@montana.edu

Karen Palmer—kpalmer@co.granite.mt.us

Resolution preferred is 300 PPI in a JPEG format

Winning design may be altered to fit T-shrt

Montana State 4-H Horse Event

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Montana State 4-H Horse Events this year. Your State Horse Event Committees are working hard to make this the best year yet at a very affordable cost. Fundraising has begun, registration packets are completed and will released June 1, 2021. Blocks of rooms have been reserved for best rates available for both events.

These events are provided so you have the opportunity to showcase your hard work with others at your skill level from all over Montana. When you complete at the one or both events, you can make new friends, learn valuable skills though educational opportunities, join in fun activities, and win great awards and prizes.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your County Extension Agent with questions or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MT4HStateHorseEvents/  to stay updated. If you do not have Facebook, monthly updates will be provided in your County 4-H Newsletters.

Dates to remember:

· Working Ranch Horse Finals- August 28-29: 406 Arena in Vaughn, MT

· Montana State 4-H Horse Show- September 24-26: Cottonwood Event Center in Joliet, Mt

Registration for Events Opens June 1st

Keep a watch out for:

· Information on a t-Shirt Design contest for t-shirts free to all exhibitors at September Horse Show.

· Information on a Photo Contest (of your 4-H Project Horse) to be exhibited at September Horse Show.

Information about contributions of Silent Auction items/gift baskets for events from Counties and/or Clubs.

Come experience what 4-H has to offer at the State level

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their Champion Character”. -Unknown

Have an Adventure!

July 18-23, 2020

Wildlife, Forests, Soils, Rangelands, Geology, streams, Land Use Game

$300 for 6 days!

35th Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp

Spend a week in rustic cabins at Lubrecht Experimental Forest east of Missoula, lear about our natural resources & their management, and make lasting friendships. Experience activity packed days with hands-on instruction, rafting, swimming & more! Camp start time 4:00 pm and end time 3:00 pm. Must be age 14-18 or have completed 8th grade to attend.

Return Campers

Enjoy an overnight camping trip Friday night. 10 spots available (first come, first serve) additional cost $50.00

Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp

c/o Christina Oppegard

32 Campus Drive MS 0606

Missoula, MT  59812-0606

Questions? Please call (406)243-2773 or send an email to christina.oppegard@mso.umt.edu

Applications and $150 deposit is due June 18th (deadline). The balance is due by start of camp. Core Program $300 Program costs are all inclusive. Please inquire about education and travel scholarships.


If there is any unforeseen circumstances involving the ability to run camp, a written notice and full refund will be issued.

Thank you to our many sponsors and supporters!

MSU Extension Forestry; W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; US Forest Service; Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service; Blackfood Challenge; Lubrecht Experimental Forest; Missoula College; Idaho Forest Group; F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber; Weyerhaeuser; Stimson Lumber Company. Pyramid Moountain Lumber; Ottoman Forestry Consultants; Marks Miller Post & Pole; Montana Timber Legacy Foundation; Montana Forest Products; Montana Society of American Foresters; Flathead Chapeter Society of Amperican Foresters; Teller Wildlife Refuge; Yaak Valley Forest Council; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; REI; Sportsman’s Warehouse; Montana Women in Timber; Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation; Northwest Management; R H Semler Family Fund; The National Riffle Association Foundation; Town Pump Fundation; Northwest Energy; Howe Foundation

2021 Foods Fair

2021 Foods Fair date is still yet to be finalized.

Theme is Hunting Camp.

Please contact Michelle Baker at mbaker@montana.edu or 406-253-7023 if you have any questions or ideas.

Interested in learning to judge livestock?

Flathead 4-H Foundation has purchased a membership to livestockjudging.com for Flathead 4-H members. Learn from professionals with 524 classes of livestock, horse, dairy, poultry, rabbit, and meats. Contests and competitions are occasionally also available.


Step 1

Go to livestockjudging.com

Click "sign up" 

To create an account if they don't have one.

Step 2

Log into http://www.livestockjudging.com/code

Enter this CODE ....3epk

This will now take you to your account which will now say Elite Account at the top. 


Enrollment Deadline

Meat Poultry/Rabbit – June 1st

Add and Drop all projects—June 1st

You must be enrolled and fees paid by 5pm this date. No exceptions!

Adopt a Trailhead Program


For the past year Glacier View have been working on adopting a trailhead, it is a weed control/knowledge kiosk program. Recently we received permission from the Adopt a Trailhead program, the Flathead County Weed Department, and USDA Forest Service.

Glacier View will be adopting Stanton Lake Trailhead (the trailhead is at Glacier View adopt a highway location) and will be implementing the Adopt a Trailhead this spring. If other clubs want to adopt a trailhead go to  https://weedawareness.org/

Market Sheep Weigh-in and Tagging

May 24th at the Fairgrounds, 4-6pm.

Must RSVP to the Extension Office if your lamb needs weighed and tagged. 

Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Adopt-a-Cabin Program

The Adopt-a-Cabin program was started to allow other 4-H counties and 4-H clubs to participate in the upkeep of the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp cabins. Participation is renewed annually by completing the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Cabin Adoption Agreement.

Market Beef

May 15th– Clinic: Clippings & Showmanship Practice– 10 am –2 pm Fairgrounds Draft Horse Barn & Mild Fence Arena

June 12th– Hoof Trimming/Pre-Fair Clinic: Noon, Draft Horse Barn/Mild Fence Arena

July 10th– Beef Showmanship/Clipping and Fitting: 10am-2pm, Mild Fence Arena

July 29th- Mock Show: Practice– 6:30-8:30 pm Fairgrounds Trade Center Show Arena

Just a gentle reminder…

If the Extension Office doesn’t have a club meeting or event on written record in the office the meeting or event will not be covered under the 4-H insurance. Please let the Extension office know the date, time, location, what the event is, or if it is a meeting before the 4-H event, meeting, or activity.  You can use the Event, Activity and Fundraising Form if you like so you don’t forget anything or you can send the Extension office an email. If your group is doing a fundraiser, of any type, you must submit a Fundraiser Form to the Extension office to be put in your club file.  We often get questions from community members about various fundraisers.

 Citizenship Washington Focus

4-H County Agents and Field Staff,

Please send this information out to members in your counties that are 15 and older.

Let me know if anyone is interested. I will register everyone from Montana as a group.

FYI – Citizenship Washington Focus 2022 will be in person in Washington D.C. Registration for that event will open in July.


Citizenship Washington Focus 2021 Virtual Program Dates  Registration Closes Tuesday, June 1

Week 1: June 20, 21   6-9 PM ET

Week 2: June 27, 28   6-9 PM ET

Week 3: July 5, 6         6-9 PM ET

Week 4: July 11, 12    6-9 PM ET

Week 5: July 18, 19    6-9 PM ET


2021 CWF Virtual Program Information

The virtual CWF program will take place once a week, for 5 weeks, beginning Sunday, June 20, 2021.

When they register, participants will be able to indicate if they would prefer to participate on Sundays or Mondays.

Preferences will be honored on a first come first served basis.


Elevating youth voice and strategies for being effective change agents are the focus of the entire five-week virtual CWF experience.

Each week will explore new topics in these areas:

Week 1 – Empathy, Active Listening & Civil Discourse

· Defining Empathy and Discussing Why Cultures of Empathy are Successful

An Active Listening Experience & Civil Discourse Workshop

Week 2 – Exploring National Topics

· Media Literacy

· Town Halls

Introduction to Action Plans

Week 3 – A Local Focus

· A Constituency Simulation

Who’s in Charge – From Which Officials Would You Need Approval to Make Change?

Week 4 – Change Making Strategies

· How We Create Change: Bottom-up Strategies

First Draft of Action Plans & Peer Reviews

Week 5 – Action Plan Symposium

Celebrating and Sharing Action Plans


2021 CWF Virtual Program Fees

Youth: $250 per person
Adults: One Lead Coordinator can attend free of charge. Additional adult participants are $250 per person.

Program Fees Include:

Two to three hours of interactive, synchronous virtual programming on Zoom each week including:

Expert speakers with live Q&A

Small breakout discussion groups with other 4‑H youth from across the county

Time to regroup with your state delegation for action planning and next steps

Virtual facilitation by our highly trained and licensed collegiate program assistant team

· Weekly asynchronous assignments to build on learning objectives and prepare for the next week’s programming

CWF Swag Bag with virtual participation materials and accessories delivered directly to each participant

Need 4-H Project Manuals and you can’t get to the Extension Office? No worries, go to https://store.msuextension.org/  and search for the 4-H project manuals you need, select them, go to the check out, then use your credit card or debit card, then finish your purchase, and have them shipped right to your door. It’s that easy!


Who has the copyrights on a photo or logo? Can we just use any photo or logo we want at any time? Just because the website may say free clipart doesn’t mean it’s free! Always check the copyright on photos and logos before you use them. You can do a reverse search to find the owner of the image. The user, the county, and MSU are all at risk when photos are improperly cited.


Browse the new Montana 4-H merchandise at the MSU Extension Store and paint our state green with 4-H T-shirts, mugs, buttons, and stickers! Start shopping at the 4-H Mall!

Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:

The MSU Extension Flathead County Office will be closed May 31st  for a Memorial Day. We may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need to speak with us personally, please call for an appointment time. Please leave paperwork in basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information.  Our schedule is subject to change at anytime.

Thank you,

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554


Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent

Phone: 406-758-5552      

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

MSU Extension, Flathead County


Phone: (406) 758-5553

SNAP Recipe of the Month

May’s Harvest of the Month is Beef! Sloppy Joe on a Roll

The first beef cattle arrived in the United States from Mexico in the 1500s, but more arrived in the early 1600s. In Virginia in 1620 about 500 cows roamed the fields, and less than a decade later the population increased to 30,000 bovines! Beef is packed with protein and other nutrients. While the specific nutritional information depends on many factors, beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and protein, as well as iron and vitamin B6. Protein helps build and repair body tissues including muscles. Enjoy this delicious recipe for Sloppy Joe on a Roll that features three of Montana’s top agriculture products- beef, wheat and lentils!

Adapted from: Montana’s Healthy School Recipe

Roundup, Montana Team Nutrition Program

Servings 6


1 lb ground beef

1/4 cup onions, raw, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp catsup

1 cup + 2 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp vinegar, distilled

1/2 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 cup uncooked lentils

2 oz mild green chili peppers, canned, drained

2 tsp garlic, raw, minced

6 whole wheat buns



1. In a medium pot, add lentils and 1 cup water

(do not add salt) in a medium pot. Bring to a

boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 25-40

minutes (depending on variety). Add additional water if

lentils begin to dry out while cooking. Lentils should be

tender and cooked completely through. Drain excess

water. Puree lentils in a food processor. If using red lentils,

cook for less time, between 10-20 minutes. Red lentils do

not need to be pureed. Set aside.

2. Brown ground beef, drain.

3. Add onions and minced garlic to cooked ground beef.

Cook for 5 minutes.

4. Add pureed lentils to beef mixture. Add tomato paste,

catsup, water, vinegar, mustard, pepper, green chilies,

and brown sugar. Mix well and simmer for 25-30 minutes,

making sure to heat to 165°F or higher.

5. Scoop beef mixture onto buns and serve immediately.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education enables young families, single recipients and seniors to learn how to best use their food stamp dollars in providing healthy nutrition for  themselves and their families. Adults can sign up for a 6 week course that is fun and provide the basic concepts of good nutrition. The only requirements to join in the classes are: that a person is receiving WIC assistance;  either receiving food stamps or are eligible to receive them; or are getting commodity foods. Please call Caitlin at the Flathead County Extension office at 758-2448 to sign-up for classes.

MSU Extension—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent


4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

Caitlin Coghlan

Nutrition Educator


1108 South Main Street Ste. 4

Kalispell,  MT 59901

Phone:  (406) 758-5553

Fax:       (406) 758-5881

Email:   extension@flathead.mt.gov

Web:     http://flathead.msuextension.org

Calendar: http://flathead.msuextension.org/calendar.html

Find us on Facebook at Flathead4H

State Web Sites:



Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4:30pm,

Closed 1-2pm for lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 5971


r 4-H Trail & Packing Book

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Level 1 thru Level 3, Level 4 and 5 may attend but not required Students will rotate through the following stations:

1:15 pm - There will be a horse training demo during this Clinic

1. Map reading, GPS, Spot

2. Trail Etiquette, Saddle Bags & Equipment

3. Riding Saddle Parts, Andrea Pack Saddle Parts

4. First Aid Kits


4:00pm – Assessments – Especially Vocal stuff

Clinic II: - Saturday – February 13, 2021 Set up 12:00pm Location – Country Kitchen – Flathead County Fairgrounds

10:00am to 4:00pm – Level 1 thru 3, Level 4 & 5 may attend and help train Level 1-3

Bring your 4-H Trail & Packing Book Bring your own lunch drinks will be provided

Introduction and Description of the day’s activities – Rick

Volunteers Needed: Door Greeter Sign in/T-shirt Size Sanitizing Station 1 Sanitizing Station 2 Sanitizing Station 3 Sanitizing Station 4

Loading and Packing “Hands-on” practice stations with “Barrel Horses”

We will have 4 Stations for Hands on Training

Mantying – Knots/Hitches for Packing, making loads, panniers Top Pack – adding a top pack to your loads Highline – Putting up Highline, tying quick release knot, tying to post, tree, rail Equine First Aid – bandaging, cuts, sprains, colic, etc.

4-H packing students will be broken up in to 4 groups and they will have 45 minutes or more at each station.

The last 30 to 45 minutes students will practice putting up a highline and tying quick release knots. PO Box 23, Kalispell, MT 59903 NWMTBCH.org Facebook – NorthWest Montana BCH


12:30pm -There will be a horse training demo during this Clinic.

4:00pm - Assessments

Clinic III: - Saturday – March 27, 2021 Set up 9:00am Location – Bad Rock Arena at 622 Kelly Road, Columbia Falls, MT Leave your stock at the trailer.

10:00am to 4:30pm – Level 1 thru Level 3, Level 4 & 5

Bring your 4-H Trail & Packing Book Bring your own lunch drinks will be provided.

Participants will bring their own pack and riding stock. Participants should bring their own riding and pack saddles. If you do not have pack saddles we will have a few extra for use at the clinic. We will also have a limited amount of stock that the instructors will bring for those who do not have pack stock please let us know if you need pack stock.

Introduction and Description of the day’s activities – Rick

Volunteer Door Greeter

Level 1 thru 3 Students

1. Riding Horses and Rider will be put through Trail Riding Course; Pack Horses will be led through the same course. Pre-made loads will be available for those who can tie a load on their pack stock.

2. Level 1 Assessments

3. Tie Station – Practice Highline, Tree and Hitch Rail


Sanitizing Volunteer -

4. Making, weighing and balancing Loads


Sanitizing Volunteer -

5. Saddle Fitting – Riding Saddle & Pack Saddle


12:30pm - We will present a horse training demo so that students may work on their horses at home

Level 4 & 5 Students

1. Students will work on Trip Planning and Camping training, number of stock needed, how to get hay into a spot that doesn’t have graze. How to manage a group that doesn’t have enough pack stock.


4:30pm - Assessments PO Box 23, Kalispell, MT 59903 NWMTBCH.org Facebook – NorthWest Montana BCH


Clinic IV: - Saturday April 17, 2021 Set up 9:00am Location – Bad Rock Arena at 622 Kelly Road, Columbia Falls, MT Leave your stock at the trailer.

Bring your 4-H Trail & Packing Book Bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided.

Introduction and Description of the day’s activities – Rick

Volunteer Door Greeter

10:00am to 4:00pm All Levels

Participants will bring their own pack and riding stock. Participants should bring their own riding and pack saddles. If you do not have pack saddles we will have a few extra for use at the clinic. We will also have a limited amount of stock that the instructors will bring for those who do not have pack stock please let us know if you need pack stock.

Level 1 thru 3 Students

1. Riding Horses and Rider will be put through Trail Riding Test; Pack Horses will be led through the same course. Pre-made loads will be available for those who can tie a load on their pack stock.

2. Tie Station – Practice Highline, Tree and Hitch Rail


Sanitizing Volunteer -

3. Building Load and Slinging on Barrel Horses


Sanitizing Volunteer

Level 4 & 5 Students

Loading Panniers & tying on a Top Pack

Handling Lead rope, turning around on trail, tying to trail, what to do when accident happens.

Advanced Riding skills – re: neck reining, Side passing, practice other skills

For those with new riding or packing horses for 2020 you will be evaluated on their ability during this clinic.

12:30pm - We will present a horse training demo so that students may work on their horses at home PO Box 23, Kalispell, MT 59903 NWMTBCH.org Facebook – NorthWest Montana BCH


4:30pm – Assessments

Campout – May 22 & 23, 2020 – Swisher Lake Trailhead – Eureka, MT

Level I – III – Trailhead camping

Level 4-5 – Packing in to Swisher Lake