Summer Day Camps

Summer Camps at MSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center

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Summer camp at MSU Tollgate is a fun and enriching opportunity to experience the natural world hands-on. With 160 beautiful farm and forest acres, our camps offer the best in farm and food, discovery science, and natural resource exploration. We place significant value in the experiential model of "Do, Reflect, Apply" , allowing campers to take the experience and relate it back to concepts learned in the classroom. In doing so, young people are empowered to be in charge of their own learning, instilling a passion for self-directed, life-long exploration. 

We offer various exciting camp themes, but each week campers also engage in fun, farm-based activities such as harvesting farm food to prepare tasty snacks, caring for and learning from the animals, and exploring the 40 acres of woodlands. Other activities vary depending on the camp week and may include archery, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, challenge course activities, building, and more. With 160 acres and so much to do there is no reason to leave the farm. 

Check out what we have done at past camps at our blog: experiencetollgate.com.

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MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Green Science Adventure 1

June 26 - June 30Ages 6-11


Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our flagship camp, this is a great taste of what we engage in here on the farm from sustainability to farm animals to gardens to food science to cooperative games and more! We are fortunate to have forest, hay fields, farm animals, orchard, pond, trails, and barns--and during this camp we take advantage of it all.

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Survival Week 1 

July 10 - July 14

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6 - 11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to survive Camp Tollgate? Test your skills with fire-building, archery, fishing, wilderness first aid, shelter building, orienteering, and more! Test your limits with fun outdoor challenges. Our farm-based adventures will also mean learning what plants and animals need for survival.

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Animal Week 1

July 17 - July 21

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Age 6-11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Animals play a lot of roles on the farm: providing food, clothing, hard work, and companionship. We will spend our week learning about animal behavior and how to interact with and care for Tollgate's animals. Our adventures will lead us to discover diverse habitats of wild animals in the forest and by the pond. Discoveries, collaborations, and play are in store for this fun-filled week!   

New This Year!
MSU Tollgate Farm Camp including two overnights at Kellogg Biological Research Station: Winged Wonders

July 17 - July 21 

Ages 9 - 12


Monday, Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Tollgate Farm
Tuesday 9 a.m - Thursday 4:00 pm at Kellogg Biological Station (Two overnights!)  

Have you ever wondered about the creatures that flap, fly, and float through the air? We've banded together with Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan, to offer our first ever 'sleep-over' camp. You'll become an ornithologist to study birds and their amazing feats as we hike the fields and forests of Tollgate Farm and KBS! We'll explore wild and domestic birds through interactive, hands-on science activities. This camp meets 9 am - 4 pm Monday and Friday at Tollgate Farm for two days of farm-based birding adventures and iconic Tollgate Farm fun. Tuesday through Thursday, campers travel from Tollgate to stay two overnights at KBS. Interact with research scientists, meet raptors up close and personal, make new friends, and have lots of fun! Best of all, be field scientists and camp out under the stars while at KBS. Transportation and tents provided.

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Mud Week

July 24- July 28

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6-11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Here's a shout-out to all of you gardeners, makers, and fun-lovers out there. Soil has a dirty name these days, and this camp is all about changing those perspectives, building from the ground up. Our week will be all about discovering the importance of water and healthy soil through exploration of Tollgate's diverse landscape. Create, garden, dig, hike, discover, and experiment. It's all about having a blast outside!

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Beginner Horse Camp Week 1

July 24 - July 28

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 9-14
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Imagine yourself learning all about the equine world. Horse grooming and care, saddling, medical care, and nutrition are just some of the exciting opportunities at horse camp at Tollgate farm. And, of course, you'll be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain horsebackriding skills during your equine adventure on the farm! 

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Survival Week 2

July 31 - August 4

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6-11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to survive Camp Tollgate? Test your skills with fire-building, archery, fishing, wilderness first aid, shelter building, orienteering, and more! Test your limits with fun outdoor challenges. Our farm-based adventures will also mean learning what plants and animals need for survival!

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Animal Week 2

August 7 - 11

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6 - 11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Animals play a lot of roles on the farm: providing food, clothing, hard work, and companionship. We will spend our week learning about animal behavior and how to interact with and care for Tollgate's animals. Our adventures will lead us to discover diverse habitats of wild animals in the forest and by the pond. Discoveries, collaborations, and play are in store for this fun-filled week!  

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Green Science Adventure 2 

August 14 - 18

The week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6-11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day on the farm? Held a chicken? Fed a worm? We will spend our days at Tollgate feeding critters in the barnyard, tracking animals in the forest, playing cooperative games, and preparing garden fresh snacks that YOU helped grow. Our week will culminate with skits designed and performed by campers!

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Beginner Horse Camp Week 2

August 14 - 18

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.  

Ages 9-14
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Imagine yourself learning all about the equine world. Horse grooming and care, saddling, medical care, and nutrition are just some of the exciting opportunities at horse camp at Tollgate farm. And, of course, you'll be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain horseback-riding skills during your equine adventure on the farm. 

MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Food Week

August 21 - 25

This week is full. Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 6 - 11
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Calling all foodies! Our week will include digging in the garden, caring for the animals, and exploring the surrounding field, forest, and pond. We will interact with goats and greens as we engage in food science and make nutritious snacks that taste yummy, too. We will grow, harvest, and cook with Tollgate farmers each day as we build our sense of food community.

MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards and Stewards-In-Training Program

Stewards-in-Training program is full for all weeks. There are select weeks available for Stewards (ages 15-19).

Please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Ages 12 - 19
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This teen leadership volunteer program has limited spots but offers a truly unique summer experience. From building career skills to building lifelong camp relationships, this opportunity replaces our past Junior and Senior Counselor Program. Be sure to register as soon as registration becomes available as there are limited spots available. More details after the first of the year.  Registration coming soon. 

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development.  Registration for camp, steward-in-training, or stewards enrolls your child as a 4-H Member in Oakland County. 4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program, helping youth in their growth and development and compliments experiences received at home, school and other organizations. With the help of caring adult volunteers, 4-H helps young people gain the skills they need to be successful. As a member of 4-H, there are many other opportunities to get your youngster involved, including approximately 50 4-H clubs in Oakland County where members work with a large variety of project areas, including agriculture, aerospace, community service, horses, science and technology and more. The one time participation fee of $ 10 enrolls the camper, steward, or SIT in 4-H for the 4-H year (September through August!)

Camper aftercare is offered for all full day programs from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for an hourly rate of $ 10.

If you must cancel, please do so promptly.

Any cancellations made less than 10 days prior to the start of your camp will result in a $ 100 cancellation fee.

Thank you.

Financial Aid for Educational Programs

To learn more about how to apply for financial aid, visit the tollgate financial aid webpage.

 

 

                                                                    

 

 

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