*NEW* Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

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COVID-19 Update: MSU Tollgate Farm remains focused on the health and well-being of its participants, volunteers and employees and has made the decision to cancel or postpone all youth activities until September 1st. There is nothing we love more than sharing the farm with each one of you. However, providing a safe place for social, emotional, and physical growth is paramount for all our programming. We look forward to offering the Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute in June 2021.  

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 are environmental stewardship models and sustainable models of food production a part of Tollgate Farm camp life?  

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 this summer for a week-long leadership institute from June 15th to the 20th, 2020 to explore answers to these questions and expand your ability to make a positive difference in the world around you. This fun and challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 15-19 who love adventure. The experience incorporates a mentorship model, a leadership role at stewards trainings and at camp, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team-building experience, and a capstone action project during summer 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 koehle43@msu.edu.

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