Tollgate offers place-based educational opportunities to school groups, families, organizations, and community members in an inquiry-based, experiential educational setting. Visitors gain a deeper understanding of the impact of agricultural sciences on their daily lives. Explore the farm while making important connections to concepts learned in the classroom.
Tollgate programs promote food system awareness through exploring the sustainable, nutritional, and cultural aspects of agriculture. For more information about school or community education programs click here, contact Ellen Koehler or call (248) 347-0269 ext. 227.
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Please note that we do not offer field trips during summer months. We are engaged with our summer camp program months late June through August.
What to expect with an MSU Extension Tollgate Field Trip:
How to prepare for a Tollgate visit:
Our typical field trip:
Payment: Please pay two weeks before program by check made payable to Michigan State University.
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A Year of Field Trips
Contact 248-347-0269 X227
Fall Harvest Ecology
The Harvest Farm Ecology Program is designed to allow participants to experience agriculture and explore the sustainability of the farm environment. We explore the essential question of how animals and plants prepare for winter in this harvest-themed learning adventure. This 2-hour inquiry-based program is interactive and takes students on an exciting tour of the farm visiting the plants and resident animals on the farm.
late February through March
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 fast!
Spring into Farming Field Trips
April and May
Baby Animals: Pre-K
Nutrient Trail: Grades K-6
Genetics: Grades 7+
Sheep to Sweater
Do "ewe" know how sheep stay cool in the summer with their wool coats? In this hands-on program, students will unravel the mysteries of wool yarn by stepping into the process: sheep, card, and drop spindle! Learn how sheep have influenced much more than your winter scarfs and socks. Each participant takes home a product.
Financial Aid for Educational Programs
Tollgate strives to provide opportunities for youth and adults of all income levels and welcomes a broad cross-section of participants to experience farm-based experiential learning. The goal of the Tollgate financial aid process is to provide as many youth and adults as possible with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences. Funding is limited and applications are reviewed based on the needs of the participants, potential impact on their learning, cost of the program, and potential for meaningful collaboration.
To learn more about how to apply for financial aid, visit the Tollgate financial aid webpage.