MSU Tollgate Farm 4-H Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute


 MSU Tollgate Farm Teen Leadership Programs are committed to empowering youth to make a positive difference in their communities through place-based learning opportunities.

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So, what is sustainability 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, in your communities? How can environmental stewardship be a part of the farm? How do all careers and fields of study encompass sustainability?   

Learning about sustainability means “creating, integrating, and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions” (Teton Science Schools). This year-long leadership experience explores answers to these questions while you expanding your ability to make a positive difference in the environment.

This youth-directed challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 13-19 who love adventure. SSLI is a systems-thinking approach with a mentorship model, leadership roles at camp, an outdoor wilderness leadership training, a campus visit, a capstone sustainability action project, and a certificate of completion. 


October 2022 - June 2023 - SSLI monthly full team meetings in person (4th Sundays Oct-May except Dec and May - 3rd Sundays)
June 19-24  4-H In Depth Stewards Sustainability Leadership Training (required)
June 23-24 - 4-H Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Camp Orientation and Training
Summer 2023 - 4-H SSLI stewards serve as lead stewards for 1 or more weeks of camp
Thursday, July 20 –  4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards Midsummer Leadership Training and Stewards Awards

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

Registration for the 2022/2023 year is open until November 30th. Please email for more information.

The 4-H Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute is the advanced level of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. 

Tollgate Farm is seeking corporate and community sponsorships to help make this extended environmental leadership experience accessible to all youth. Please email for more information about sponsoring Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute.  

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For questions about SSLI, contact Ellen Koehler at

Steward at Pond with Campers