Events & Programs

MSU Tollgate offers a variety of educational programs for adults and young people. Below is a listing of all upcoming programs however you can explore the categories in the navigation bar to the left. Program information and registration links follow each class description. For further information on programming or to inquire about accommodations for those with disabilities, please contact the Programs Office at 248.347.0269.

Starting and Sustaining a School Garden''

Thursday, March 5, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$75.00 per person

Lunch & resource materials will be provided

SCECHs available for fee & upon approval

In the Tollgate Conference Center 

 Register Here!

This is our most popular workshop! The agenda includes networking with other school and community garden leaders; resources for information, tools, and seeds; MSU Extension experts sharing their knowledge and experiences in garden creation; ideas for classroom integration; and creating a plan of action to get your garden started.


Maple Tapping and Pancake Celebration''

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Registration is required
Choose AM or PM experience:
Open to all ages, friends, and families
MSU Tollgate at 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI

Don’t have a woodlot and sugar shack, but love maple syrup? No worries! Join us for a fun and delicious experience: pop into the 19th century barn for a robust pancake meal and then bundle up and join our maple sugaring program. Identify and tap a maple tree, tour the working sugar shack, take a wagon ride, tackle historical tools, and of course, taste maple syrup. $12/person includes the hands-on maple sugaring with wagon ride and pancake celebration with coffee, cocoa, pancakes, real maple syrup, and other goodies! Programs run 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm with the pancake bonanza in the barn open an hour before each program with entertainment, music, and friends!

Register HERE or visit

Maple Sugaring Field Trips

Week Days Late February - April 2015
For schools, families, adults, and community groups

Bundle up and join us in the sugar bush during this hands-on program that investigates one of nature’s sweetest treats. From tapping to tools to tasting, discover one of Michigan’s best treasures. This is one of our most popular programs, and our schedule is filling up fast! Visit our “Resources for Schools” tab for more information. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Mandy at 248-347-0269 ext 238 to book your experience today! Scholarships for buses are available for schools!

CSA Sign-up''

CSA stands for Communinity Supported Agriculture.  It is a system that allows members to purchase a share in our farm’s bounty.  Being part of a CSA allows members to feel more connected with the land and have sure knowledge of where their food comes from.  Members receive food from the farm weekly that has been picked at the peak of taste and freshness.

Click here for a CSA Flyer

Click here for a CSA Membership Application


Urban Farmer Tune-Up ''

Join us for a comprehensive look at produce growing to either hone your current skills, develop new strategies or better understand weeds and diseases


March 20, 2015
MSU Extension Genesee County
605 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502

March 21, 2015
MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48377 


Grant Writing Workshop Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 1pm - 5pm

To register visit:

The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). Michigan, through the NCRCRD and MSU Extension, is participating in this project and offers the following training programs to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods.                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Spring Plant Sale ''

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The Spring Plant Sale is hosted annually by the MSU Tollgate Garden Volunteers.  The Plant Sale is always on the first Saturday in June from 9am until 2pm.  There is always a great selection of large perennials at good prices.  Many knowledgeable gardeners are on hand to help you with your plant selection. 

Click here for a Plant Sale Flyer

Open House Garden Tour''

July 18th, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The annual open house is a garden tour event providing an opportunity for walks of the Tollgate gardens, enjoying the sights and sounds of this unique setting.  Garden volunteers are present to share information about the farm and gardens.  This is a free admission, rain or shine event that has proven to be a memorable day of exploring the gardens.  The open house will be held on July 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Click here for an Open House Flyer

Fall Fair''

September 19th, 2015

The Tollgate Fall Fair is a free admission, family oriented event held on the third Saturday of September from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A full day of children’s crafts, activities and educational presentations are held on site.  Hay rides, self guided garden tours, fishing and appearances by the Novi Fire and Police departments are just a few of the fun activities that are part of the fair.  Vendors and organizations are present to offer their goods and educational information to visitors.  Tollgate Garden Volunteers act as guides on site, conduct activities, offer refreshments and share information.  Over the years, the Tollgate Fall Fair has grown tremendously.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this truly wonderful and relaxing day.

Although Tollgate is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the special events give visitors a unique guided look at the farm.

For a 2015 Fall Fair Flyer,  Click Here


Summer Day Camp Programs
At Tollgate we provide safe and educationally valuable summer experiences that are unforgettable. Visit our “Summer Day Camps” tab to learn more.

Special Events
Learn about Special events at Tollgate by clicking on the “Upcoming Programs” Tab at the side of this page

Adult Education Programs
Programs on urban agriculture, consumer horticulture, and other special interest topics are held throughout the year.

Family “Activity” Days
Tollgate is open from dawn to dusk for self-guided exploration, but on specialty activity days, we give visitors the chance to explore behind the scenes. You can take a wagon ride, learn where cheese comes from and much, much more.

Tollgate Garden Volunteers
Tollgate serves as a location for fulfilling required contact hours for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program certification.

Break-Week Camps
The gardens are dormant in the winter but the fun never really stops. From Maple sugaring in February to the new life in April, school break periods are a wonderful time to be at the farm.

Sun, Water, and Seeds 4-H Club
Looking to get more involved and have a lasting impact on the farm? Consider joining the Tollgate based Sun, Water, and Seed’s 4-H Club, where their motto is, “It’s not what we grow, it how we grow”.

Tollgate has a variety of opportunities  to explore agriculture, natural resources, and the ecology of the outdoors. We instill the importance of agriculture and a sustainable food system through hands-on exploration. Through innovative methods and engaging programs, participants are making healthier food choices while recognizing the benefits of purchasing food locally. Throughout the year there are many educational programs, special events and activities conducted at Tollgate.