MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp Programs 2018 - Green Science Adventure Camp

Date: June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018
Time: See description.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, Michigan 48380
Contact: MSU Extension Tollgate Programs Office, 248-347-0269 ext. 220, tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu

Thank you for your interest in MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp!

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. 

Nine weeks of summer camp programs for ages 6 - 19 run June 25 - August 30, 2018. 
Camps are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*

June 25 - June 29 Green Science Adventure Camp
Ages 6 - 11

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day on the farm? Our flagship camp is a great taste of our engagement on the farm. We will spend our days at MSU Tollgate Farm feeding critters in the barnyard, tracking animals in the forest, playing cooperative games, and preparing garden fresh snacks that you helped grow.

July 9 - July 13 Survival Camp
Ages 6 - 11

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

July 16 - July 20 Animal Camp
Ages 6 - 11

Animals play many 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 MSU Tollgate’s animals. Our adventures will lead us beyond the barnyard to discover the diverse habitats of animals in the forest and by the pond. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled week!

July 16 - July 20 Winged Wonders Camp
Ages 9 - 12

Have you ever wondered about the creatures that flap, fly, and float through the air? We have banded together with Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan to offer this exploration of wild and domestic birds through interactive, hands-on science activities. You will become an ornithologist to study birds and their amazing feats as we hike the fields and forests of MSU Tollgate Farm and KBS! For the slightly older camper, this camp meets 9 a.m - 4 p.m. Monday and Friday at MSU Tollgate Farm in Novi for farm-based birding adventures. Tuesday through Thursday, campers travel from Tollgate to stay two overnights on the bird sanctuary at KBS where they will interact with research scientists, meet raptors up close and personal, make new friends, and have lots of fun! Best of all, we’ll be true field scientists and camp out under the stars while at KBS
Transportation and tents provided. 

July 23 - July 27 Water Camp
Ages 6 - 11

Dive into the world of the pond to investigate the animals, bugs, and plants that call it home. This week is perfect for the camper who is interested in fishing, canoeing, and pond dipping for macroinvertebrates. Learn about water conservation. What happens to the rain that falls on MSU Tollgate Farm? How do the plants and animals that we grow and care for impact our water? We will close our week with the return of our famous waterslide for a splashing good time!

July 23 - July 27 Beginner Horse Camp Level 1
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 MSU Tollgate Farm Horse Camp. And of course, you will be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain horseback riding skills during your equine adventure on the farm. You do not need your own horse to participate. 

July 30 - August 3 Bug Camp
Ages 6 - 11

We will have fun with some of our farm’s smallest inhabitants. Meet MSU Bug House entomologists and their collection, contribute to The Lost Ladybug Project, and much, much more! Insects are key for helping our garden grow and decompose. Learn who has what job and why we need to keep the creepy crawlies around. 

August 6 - August 10 Survival Camp
Ages 6 - 11

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

August 6 - August 10 Beginner Horse Camp Level 1
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 MSU Tollgate Farm Horse Camp. And of course, you will be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain horseback riding skills during your equine adventure on the farm. For campers age 9 - 14 years old. You do not need your own horse to participate. 

August 13 - August 17 Animal Camp
Ages 6 - 11

Animals play many 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 MSU Tollgate’s animals. Our adventures will lead us beyond the barnyard to discover the diverse habitats of animals in the forest and by the pond. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled week!

August 13 - August 17 Beginner Horse Camp Level 2
Ages 9 - 14

Build on your beginner horse skills as you delve deeper into the equestrian world. Horse grooming and care, saddling, medical care, and nutrition are just some of the exciting opportunities at MSU Tollgate Farm Horse Level 2 Camp. You will enjoy the horses up close and personal as you continue to gain horseback riding skills during this level 2 equine adventure on the farm! Must have attended Beginner Horse Camp Level 1 in order to register for Beginner Horse Camp Level 2.

August 20 - August 24 Food Camp
Ages  6 - 11

Calling all foodies! Our week will include digging into 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 making nutritious snacks that taste yummy too! We will grow, harvest, and cook with MSU Tollgate farmers each day as we build our sense of food community. 

August 20 - August 24 Botany in the Kitchen
Ages 12 - 14

Botany in the Kitchen is a more in depth exploration of our well loved Garden Kitchen. Spend time outdoors immersed in the world of plants while we learn alongside the MSU Tollgate Sustainable Agriculture Team. Get to know kitchen tools as you improve your knife skills, learn the difference between a puree and a sauce, and much more all while making delicious dishes from locally grown produce. 

August 27 - August 30 Eco Warriors Camp
Ages 6 - 11

Eco Warriors is perfect for those who like to tinker, engineer, craft, and change the way we think about trash! The week will include a field trip to the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, calculating our eco footprint, exploring pros and cons of renewable energy, and repurposing items in our maker space. We will learn from the MSU Sustainable Agriculture Team about closing the food waste loop, prepare, and eat locally grown snacks, and consider the impact of our resource use in agriculture.   

*Aftercare is offered from 4-6 p.m. for $10.00 per hour. 
NEW THIS YEAR Preregistration for aftercare is required.
We cannot provide before care. Earliest drop-off time is 8:45 a.m.

**plus a one-time annual $20 4-H membership fee
if not currently enrolled in the program year (Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018) 

The Steward and Steward-in-Training (SIT) Program is a progressive Tollgate youth development experience for teens ages 12-19 who are interested in gaining experience working with campers in agriculture and the natural sciences. Stewards-in-Training are 12-14 years of age, serve as role models for campers during activities, and commit to at last one full week of camp. Stewards-in-training pay $150 per week plus an annual $20 4-H membership fee. Stewards are 15-19 years of age and serve as assistants to the educational leaders and mentors for both SITs and campers. Stewards must commit to at least two full weeks of camp. 
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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. The required, one time membership fee of $20 is your camper’s 4-H member dues for the remainder of the 4-H year ending Aug. 31, 2018. After your camp registration is complete, please be sure to complete the online 4-H registration at https://mi.4honline.com/ which contains forms required in order to attend camp. Once the online profile is complete you will not have to fill out any additional forms for the remainder of the 2018 camp season. For questions regarding 4-H, contact Deb Morgan at morga194@anr.msu.edu.

For information regarding financial aid, see our website.

Cancellation Policy: 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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