CANCELED: 2021 MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

December 15, 2020 - August 21, 2021

Contact: For more information, please call 248-347-0269 ext. 227 or email

This program has been canceled.

So, what is this sustainability thing really all about? How do you as a young leader create positive sustainability outcomes? What does it mean to be a good steward at home, at school, at the farm? How can environmental stewardship be a part of the farm?  

Learning about sustainability means “creating, integrating, and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions” (Teton Science Schools). Join us in 2021 for a leadership institute to answer these questions and expand your ability to make a positive difference in the world around you. Join like-minded high school peers and explore the many careers and fields of study that can encompass sustainability. This fun and challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 15-19 who love adventure. Includes virtual sessions on sustainability Feb-May; and pending a return to in-person programming, a week-long in depth training in late June, leadership roles at camp, a mentorship model where you are paired with a community member, a certificate of completion, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team-building experience, and a capstone sustainability action project during summer camp.
A fun challenging leadership experience! 

The Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute is the advanced level of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. SSLI Stewards are 15-19 years of age and serve as leaders and role models for campers during activities and at all stewards trainings and celebration. There is a 2-night 3-day wilderness adventure as a group and the Sustainable Stewards will travel to campus together for a full day bus trip to learn about MSU admissions and opportunities. 

Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute 
$400/per participant if program is in person

Currently, registration holds your space. Payment will be collected after the new year. Programming format will be determined by university, local and state guidance related to COVID.

Once payment is collected in 2021, cancellations between May 17 and June 7 may incur a cancellation fee. No refunds less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp.


Tollgate welcomes all and strives to provide opportunities for youth and adults of all income levels to experience farm-based experiential learning. The goal of the financial aid committee is to provide youth and adults with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences. Assistance is determined based on need and SSLI applicants can learn more or apply HERE.

For questions about SSLI, contact Ellen Koehler at


MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development
4-H enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to attend MSU Tollgate Farm Camp.

Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to enroll/re-enroll as Oakland County 4-H members.
See the registration page for complete 4-H enrollment instructions.

Step 2: After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register for Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute. 
Registration for the SSLI reserves your space in the program until that time. 

For questions regarding 4-H Online registration, please contact Oakland County 4-H at or 248-858-0889.
For questions regarding SSLI registration, please contact Ellen at Tollgate at 248-347-0269, ext. 227 or

(Pending a return to in-person programming)

February - May - monthly virtual leadership trainings
Late March/April - SSLI virtual Interviews 
June 21 - 26, 2021 - mandatory Stewards Sustainability Institute
June 25th - 26th - mandatory Stewards and Stewards-in-Training overnight training
Thursday, July 22 –  4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards Midsummer Evening Training and Cookout
Friday, August 27 - 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Camp Closing Celebration

Tollgate SSLI spaces are limited, so register early.
Participants under 18 need parental consent to participate in this program.

If registration is full,
please email
to be added to the wait list.


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