Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

MSU Tollgate Farm SSLI

MSU Tollgate Farm youth programs remain focused on sustainability and empowering youth to make a positive difference in their communities through place-based learning opportunities. We look forward to offering the Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute in June 2022. 

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? How can 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). Join us for this leadership experience as we explore answers to these questions while you expand your ability to make a positive difference in the environment. This fun, challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 13-19 who love adventure. Includes a systems-thinking approach, a mentorship model, leadership roles at camp, an outdoor wilderness team-building experience, campus visits, a capstone sustainability action project, and a certificate of completion. 



Fall 2021 - SSLI monthly meetings

February - May - Monthly virtual orientation/research sessions

June 19-24 - Stewards Sustainability Institute

June 24-25 - Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Camp Orientation and Training

Thursday, July 28 –  4:30 - 9:00 p.m. Stewards Midsummer Evening Training 

Friday, August 26 - 4:30 - 9:00 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.

The Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute is the advanced level of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute, $400/per participant. Financial aid process is available. See below.

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For questions or to find out more about being a part of SSLI, contact Ellen Koehler at

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

Steward at Pond with Campers