Missoula County Weed District and Extension Service
Extension Services have been in Missoula for over 100 years providing education on food and nutrition, family and consumer economics and human development, horticulture programs and empowering young people through 4-H Clubs. In 1985 the Weed District was combined with the Extension office bringing new opportunities for cooperative landowner weed management projects and youth development.
Their joint mission is to provide coordination, educational outreach and training to address the needs of the public in the areas of Land Management, Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Major Program Areas:
HORTICULTURE and PLANT CLINIC
The Missoula County Extension horticulture program focuses its efforts on helping community members and commercial entities best manage their plant production, from back-porch containers to small farms. Education is a keystone in this process to ensure the long-term success of those seeking assistance.
The Missoula County Weed District works to promote and maintain healthy vegetation by minimizing the ecological and economic impacts of noxious weeds through public education, technology transfer, monitoring and facilitating involvement of landowners and land management agencies to control invasive species in Missoula County.
The Montana Biocontrol project is located in the MCWD office. The project provides the leadership, coordination, and education necessary to enable land managers across Montana to successfully incorporate biological weed control into their noxious weed management programs.
MISSOULA COUNTY EXTENSION 4-H
4-H is a positive youth development organization empowering young people to reach their full potential. 4-H enables America’s youth to emerge as leaders through hands-on learning, research-based 4-H youth programs and adult mentorship resulting in strong leaders in our community.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
The Missoula County/Montana State University Extension FCS program focuses on empowering individual, families and communities to make informed decisions about improving life, health, and finances.
EXPANDED FOOD AND NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
EFNEP is a federally funded nutrition program for families and youth. Adult lessons focus on basic nutrition, food safety and budgeting. The youth programs focus on eating a variety of foods and introducing new foods, encouraging physical activity and healthy hygiene.
The Lolo Mosquito District works with the community of Lolo to minimize the impacts of mosquitoes.