Events & Programs

Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast

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March 19, 2016   9 a.m. - noon or noon - 3 p.m.

March 20, 2016   9 a.m. - noon or noon - 3 p.m.

$15 per person 13 and older,

$12 per child ages 3 - 12, children 2 and under free.

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. Program includes the hands-on maple sugaring with wagon ride and pancake celebration with coffee, cocoa, pancakes, real maple syrup, and other goodies! Programs run 9:00am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-3:00pm with the pancake bonanza in the barn beginning an hour before each program with along with activities, music, and friends!

Maple Sugaring Field Trips

Week Days Late February - April 2016                                  boy holding up a maple leaf
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 248-347-0269 ext 238 to book your experience today! Scholarships for buses are available for schools!

Starting and Sustianing a School Garden Workshop

A Workshop for Teachers and Community Volunteers Interested in Developing or Enhanging School Gardens.

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Farm Sprouts Preschool Program

A New Early Childhood Program Coming This Spring!


Registration is now open! Please follow this link to register your sprout and to view a full program description.

MSU Tollgate Fall Fair

September 17, 2016 
No registration required

The Tollgate Fall Fair is a 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.

MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest

October 9 - 10, 2016
No registration required

Join us for our Pumpkin Festival in partnership with VIBE Credit Union and the Novi Public Library. Choose from many self-guided activities such as picking a pumpkin, taking a hay ride, visiting the animals, enjoying fresh home-made donuts or just enjoying the beautiful farm grounds. There are nominal costs for pumpkin picking and food. Make this event as part of your family tradition! More details regarding dates and times will be available as we get closer to autumn. 

Wild Winter Farm Camp

Please note: Our camp is now full. Please email us at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested in being added to the wait list.
We will confirm whether or not wait list participants can register as campers by February 1st.
Spring Break Farm Camp is a WEEK-long and is April 4 -8 2016. Mark your calendars now! Registration opens very soon. Thank you for your interest and support!

Monday, February 15 2016 and                                                                                                                  
Tuesday, February 16 2016

Choose 1 or both days
Ages 6-12

Beat the winter blues! The ecology of the farm is ever-changing and it doesn’t stop in the winter. During this February school break, join us for one or two days of hands-on fun on the farm as we feed goats, collect chicken eggs, hike the winter woods, and warm up in the Garden Kitchen learning about local and seasonal food. We have a theme to make each day full of adventure. We will engage in STEM study of crystals such snow, candle dipping, and winter ornithology. Weather permitting, we’ll also engage in snow-shoeing and ice fishing!

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