Montana State University


MSU Extension

Sanders County
2504 Tradewinds Way, Ste 1B
Thompson Falls, MT 59873

Tel: (406) 827-6934
Fax: (406) 827-4315
Location: State Office Building


Jason Badger: Agriculture/Natural Resources & 4-H

Meghan Phillippi: 4-H & Family and Consumer Science

Administrative Assistant:

Shirley Kinkade



Sanders County



Current Programs:

4-H Wildlife Mangament Course: Need not be a 4-H member to participate. Space is limited, register here. Call 827-6934 for more information.

StrongWomen: Build muscle mass, maintain bone density and improve balance through these strength training.Though develped for mid-life to older women, this program is open to and beneficial for all adults.Sessions are Tuesdays & Thursdays January 6 - February 26 at noon-1pm OR 6:00pm-7:00pm. Sessions held at the State Office Building in Thompson Falls. There is a $5 fee for the eight week program. Space is limited, register here soon! Registration is closed. Please call 827-6934 if you would like to learn more about this class.

Upcoming Programs:

Master Gardener, Private Applicator Training, Living with Large Predators, Wildlife Management for 4-H Members, Pasture Forage Stand Establishment, Bio-control, and Small Acreage Management

About Sanders County

Sanders County covers a diverse area. Spanning 130 miles of the lower Clark Fork river valley in Northwest Montana the county consists of forested valleys and mountain ranges on the west end and open grasslands towards the east. Thompson Falls, the county seat, lies in the west-central portion of the county. While areas of western Sanders County receive in excess of 36" average annual precipitation, locations near Niarada and Lonepine may experience less than 10", making them fairly arid. The agricultural and natural resource base of the area follows a similar pattern. Traditional farming and ranching communities occupy the eastern third and a mixed small farm-logging economy is found towards the west. A population shift from the incorporated cities to rural dwellings occurred in Sanders Co. during the late 1980's and early 90's. While the incorporated cities of Thompson Falls, Plains and Hot Springs lost 10-30 % of their population, the county as a whole grew by approximately 18% to slightly over 10,000. The Sanders County Extension office is staffed by one full-time Agriculture/Natural Resources & 4-H agent and one full-time 4-H & Family & Consumer Science agent. It is further staffed by one administrative assistant.