Events & Programs

Starry Night on the Farm

Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.

For children ages 5 - 12 with parent or parents  Preregistration required

Starry Night on the Farm combines adventure and learning for a fun family overnight. What better way to celebrate the summer solstice and Father’s Day than to join us at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center for an exciting outdoor overnight learning experience? Arrive Saturday evening to enjoy an evening hike to visit our farm animal friends and investigate the nighttime woods. Explore the night sky and the summer solstice. Take a night wagon ride, play games on the hill, and roast s’mores before settling down for a family film and popcorn in the barn. This family-oriented visit will give you a rare glimpse into what goes on after sundown on the farm. Depending on weather, we’ll camp outdoors or in the historic 1860s barn before waking to help with morning animal chores. Finish off the weekend by sampling farm fresh food for breakfast before leaving with warm memories and new friends. Who knew learning could be this much fun? Cost $ 50 per person. Multi-child discount $ 40 per child

Farm Sprouts Preschool Program

Preschoolers, ages 3-5, will explore a different farm or nature topic each week through play, hands-on experiences, and seasonally-based investigations and observations. Discussions will focus on questions such as, “Where does our food come from? How can we keep our bodies healthy? How are we part of the community?” Group sizes are kept low to meet the needs of the child in an outdoor learning environment. Some of the activities your child may participate in include:

The spring program is FULL.
If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list or are interested in receiving information about the fall session of Farm Sprouts, please e-mail Brooke Larm, Early Childhood Coordinator at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Follow this link to view the spring flyer and program information.

MSU Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, June 4, 2016,  9am - 2pm

The Tollgate Plant Sale is held each spring on the first Saturday in June.  There are lots of great plants, mostly perennials with a few annuals also.  Knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer all of your questions and help you make the plant selections that will make your yard pop!  This a great sale of big, well adapted plants.  Best selection is to be had early, but great plants are available all day.  To view a flyer for the Tollgate Plant Sale, Click Here


Children’s Garden Story Hour

Join us at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center for summer story hour! Novi Public Library will be partnering with us to share their favorite farm-themed stories, accompanied by music and movement, process-based art, hands-on experiments and investigations, and/or games. Children will have the opportunity to visit and observe the animals in their farm habitat.

Summer 2016 Monday Story Hour Sessions: 9:30-10:30am

June 27 - Down on the Farm

July 11 - Fun with Food

July 25 - Exploring the Garden

August 8 - Farm Animals with a visit from Novi Library’s Mother Goose!

Please follow this link for more information and to register.

MSU Tollgate “Sunset Celebration” Garden Open House''

Saturday, July 16, 2016  4pm to 7pm

No Registration Required. The Open House is a wonderful way to experience the many gardens of Tollgate.  Come enjoy an evening of flowers, music and edibles.  There will be tours of the gardens, a discussion of the history of the farm and informational seminars.  Tollgate Garden Volunteers will be available to talk about all that there is to see.  This is a great way to see the farm.  You can see a flyer of this event here  

MSU Tollgat''e Fall Fair

September 17, 2016, 10am - 3pm
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.  To view a flyer for the Fall Fair, Click Here


Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, September 24, 2016  9am - noon

Even though it’s fall there’s still time for planting.  There are always lots of great plants available at our sale.  The Fall Plant Sale features great perennials that will be a joy for you year after year.

MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest

Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast

Join us for next year’s annual Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast! 

$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                                 
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!