Early Childhood

Connecting young children to local food systems and the environment through inquiry-based learning experiences

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center provides young children a unique place to increase their knowledge of the plants, animals and natural habitats which exist in our community. Our programs, including Farm Sprouts, Children's Garden Story Hour and Preschool Field Trips, focus on developing scientific thinking and understanding through discovery, experimentation and play!

Our Mission:

Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. Our early childhood education (ECE) programs at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center focus on an inquiry-based project approach to learning. We recognize the increased need that exists within our urban community for experiential learning in the outdoors. We aim to provide young children with opportunities to discover and create connections to local food and natural resources in order to develop a growing understanding of food and ecosystems to support a healthy future.

Contact: Brooke Larm / Early Childhood Coordinator / (248) 347-0269 ext. 230

 

 

 

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