Night Hikes on the Farm


Watch for a 2023 Night Hikes Series in the New Year!


Tollgate Farm and Education Center

28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

Night Hikes on the Farm offer visitors the opportunity to explore nighttime on the farm with several fascinating natural science topics. The hikes will take place the third Friday of each month and are open to the public. Night hikes will appeal to scout groups, families, and anyone with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. Each hike will incorporate a different theme fitting to the month or season and will include light snacks and beverages. Register for one or more in the series.
Cost: $10 per person 3 and older per night hike



Sounds in the Darkness

April 15 - 8:00pm

Nighttime in the woods is often filled with the sounds of animals announcing their presence. Some seek mates, others warn off competitors, and many are seeking food. We will explore these sounds and see “Who’s Calling” on a stroll around the Tollgate landscape.

Predators of the Night
May 20 - 8:00 pm

Darkness is an advantage many prey animals use to gain the upper hand on their prey. As we walk through the habitats of Tollgate Farm, let us investigate who is adapted to be a successful hunter during the night and who they are looking for.

The Science of Twilight
June 17 - 8:00 pm

The transition from day to night affords many spectacular sights. The horizons of Tollgate Farm will give us a great opportunity to discuss the impact of the positions of the sun and moon and how geometry controls the images before and after sunset.

Batty about Bats?
July 15 - 8:00 pm

Bats are all around and their habits and adaptations give them an incredibly interesting role in their ecosystem. Come along as we investigate our furry flying fiends as they flit around the woodline at Tollgate Farm.

What’s Abuzz?
Aug 19 - 8:00pm

Many companions join us on our evening strolls. Some are welcome friends and others, not so much. On our journey through Tollgate Farm, we will see if we can identify our traveling companions and talk about their roles in our ecosystem.

Surviving the Night
Sept 16 - 7:00 pm

A night in the wild unprepared could be a very stressful experience. We’ll find ourselves in Tollgate’s woodlot and talk about preparedness and how to be ready for what the nighttime brings.

Stories of the Night
Oct 21 - 6:00pm

Night plays a large role in traditional folklore. Our trek around Tollgate will give us the opportunity to talk about myths, legends, and spirits of the night.

Owl Prowl and Folklore
Nov 18 - 6:00 pm

Owls are often seen as the mysterious guardians of the night. More often heard than seen, we’ll discuss owl adaptations and “WHO” we might expect to encounter on Tollgate Farm as we traverse
its woods and fields.

We are planning for in-person programs in 2022. We will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on programs, and decisions will be based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations/guidelines from MSU, the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local Health Department guidance. You will be contacted regarding any changes or updates through the email you use to register. 


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