MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp Programs 2017

Date: June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48380
Contact: MSU Extension Tollgate Programs Office, 248-347-0269 ext. 220, tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu

Thank you for your interest in Tollgate Summer Farm Camp!
Eight weeks of summer camp run June 26- August 25, 2017. 
Camps are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
 

Every day at camp is an exciting adventure with a different theme. A typical day will include making nutritious snacks in Garden Kitchen, caring for our farm animals, sowing seeds in the garden, engaging in a creative week-long STEM project, and investigating the natural world of field, forest, and pond. Low child-to-adult ratios make camp weeks fill quickly, so register early.

Ages 6-11: Eight weeks of summer fun available! Green Science Adventure, Animal, Survival, Mud, Food Camps. $300
Ages 9-12: Winged Wonders - Weeklong birding camp with 2 overnights at Kellogg Biological Research Station $325
Ages 9-14: Horse Camp $350
Ages 12-14: Stewards-in-Training $150
Ages 15-19: Tollgate Camp Stewards Teen Leadership Program


MSU Tollgate Farm Camp: Green Science Adventure Week 1
 June 26 - June 30
 Ages 6-11
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.
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Survival Week 1 
 July 10 - July 14
 Ages 6 - 11
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.
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Animal Week 1
 July 17 - July 21
 Ages 6-11
Animals play a lot of roles on the farm: providing food, clothing, hard work, and companionship. We 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 with 2 Overnights at the Kellogg Biological Research Station: Winged Wonders Week
July 17 - 21
Ages 9 - 12
Campers ages 9 - 12, have you ever wondered about the creatures that flap, fly, and float through the air? We’ve banded together with Kellogg Biological Research Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan, to offer our first ever ‘sleep-over’ camp. You’ll have a chance to 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 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Friday at Tollgate Farm for two days of farm-based birding adventures. Tuesday through Thursday, campers travel from Tollgate to KBS where we’ll interact with research scientists, meet raptors up close and personal, make new friends, and have lots of fun! Be a true field scientist, and camp out under the stars while at KBS. Transportation and tents provided.
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Mud Week
 July 24- July 28
 Ages 6-11
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
 Ages 9-14
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! 
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Survival Week 2
 July 31 - August 4
 Ages 6-11
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!
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Animal Week 2
 August 7 - 11
 Ages 6 - 11 
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!  
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Green Science Adventure 2 
 August 14 - 18
 Ages 6-11
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day on the farm? Hold a chicken? Feed 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  
 Ages 9-14
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! 
 

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 Tollgate Farm Camp: Food Week
 August 21 - 25
 Ages 6 - 11
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 send of food community.
 

MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards and Stewards-In-Training Program
 Ages 12 - 19
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.
 

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development.  Registration for camp 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 required one time participation fee of $ 10 enrolls your camper as a 4-H member for the rest of the 4-H year (September to August)!  

Click here to open a printable list of current Oakland County 4-H clubs.
Questions regarding 4-H? Contact Deb Morgan at morga194@anr.msu.edu

*Aftercare is offered from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $10.00 per hour. Full week aftercare discount is available. 
Financial aid applications available upon request. For more details, contact us at 248-347-0269 ext 220, koehle43@anr.msu.edu or visit http://tollgate.msu.edu/camps  

If cancellation is needed, please be prompt. Cancellations 14 days or fewer to the start date of the camp will result in a $100 cancellation fee.

28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, Michigan 48380
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Stewards Summer Camp Teen Leadership Program 
Registration coming soon. 


This teen leadership program has limited spots but offers a truly unique summer opportunity for youth ages 12-19 to experience MSU Farm Camp in a helping capacity as mentors and role models. Designed to include career and workforce preparation, peer reflection, and a capstone celebration, stewards and stewards-in-training build life skills and lifelong camp relationships.  
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