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Colville Reservation Extension Office

Overview of the Colville Reservation Extension Office

The USDA FRTEP WSU Colville Reservation office is located on the agency campus of the Colville Reservation, in Nespelem, Washington.  We are the longest running, one of two, FRTEP (Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program) in the state of Washington.  We have been in partnership with the Colville Confederated Tribes for 22 years.  We also have a satellite office at the Twin Lakes Youth Camo, where we have a high and low ropes course, which is the longest running 4-H Challenge course in the state of Washington.  We also offer Canoe Challenge Programs through the use of small, two-person canoes and a large, twelve-person canoe.

Our Colville Reservation Extension Project is overseen by Linda McLean, Director and FRTEP Coordinator, and Dan Fagerlie, Project Director.  Our staff consists of a full-time FRTEP Coordinator, a Project Director, a full-time Family & Consumer Sciences Educator / 4-H Challenge Coordinator, and a full-time office assistant.

Building Blocks of Our Program

Our goal is to streamline our programs so we utilize our funding and resources in the most efficient manner for the residents of the Colville Reservation to gain the most benefit.  In doing this, we can omit duplication of services, make reporting more efficient, and provide more vital and timely programs for the residents of the Colville Reservation.


Renewable energy, Agriculture, Invasive species & Natural resources

Educational programs to strengthen and improve agriculture and/or our natural resources.


Science & Technology Across the Reservation

Science and technology based educational activities are the focus to increase the technical skills of youth and develop inquiring minds!

R Fit Nation

Educational activities to enhance the health and well-being of Colville Reservation residents and/or the prevention of disease or illness.

Traditional 4-H Clubs

Provide a safe and healthy environment for youth to develop life-skills through hands-on participation in projects designed to stimulate and enhance their learning.  Projects include, but are not limited to: Horse, Beef, Swine, Culture, Dog, Gardening, Rabbit, Poultry, Crafts, Cooking, Food Preservation, & Photography.