MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

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  • STEM

Types of activities:

  • In person programs and tours 
  • Community events
  • Virtual and hybrid webinars and workshops
  • Professional development
  • Community supported apprenticeships


  • PreK
  • K-5
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Public


MSU Tollgate provides non-formal learning for children and adults, offering the unique opportunity to explore agriculture, natural resources, gardening, and community food systems in an urban environment. Tollgate utilizes research-based methods and curriculum to connect participants to classroom learning through hands-on experiential place-based learning. Tollgate offers school and community programs as well as professional development for formal and nonformal educators. Currently, the farm is open to the public and hosting programs, camps, and events in the 160-acre historic farm setting.

Venue offerings:

  • MSU Tollgate Farm Visits for School and Community Groups: Come explore the forest, fields, pond, and barns at historic Tollgate Farm as you investigate science phenomena happening in this living laboratory on the farm. Using the process of science and collaborative learning, get to know the place of the farm as you and your students engage in student-directed standards-aligned STEM investigations and learning.
  • MSU Tollgate Farm "HomeGrown Gardening" series: A hybrid virtual and in person series designed for families and individuals to explore the joys of home vegetable gardening with MSU Extension Educators.
  • Evenings in the Garden: Evenings in the Garden is a webinar lecture series on a wide range of gardening and environmental topics hosted by regional experts.  
  • Community events: Large Tollgate Farm community events throughout the year offer community-building and education for all ages, including Pumpkinfest, Maple Tapping Feast, Holiday Lights on the Farm. 
  • MSU Tollgate Farm Perspectives: Culturally Responsive Place-based Education Series: Professional development for formal and non-formal educators held the first Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Join other educators for this virtual panel discussion series to explore ways to better incorporate the perspectives, principles, and people of communities we serve through place-based teaching and learning. Educators have a chance to deepen their teaching practice in a safe online space for open conversations and community. 
  • MSU Tollgate Farm Community Supported Agriculture Program: There is no better way to connect with your food, farmers and the seasons than a CSA! Members purchase a share and receive an abundance of fresh produce, learning to eat and cook with the seasons, while experimenting with new vegetables and varieties. 
  • MSU Tollgate Farm Camps: Camp at MSU Tollgate Farm is a fun and enriching opportunity to experience the natural world hands-on. With 160 acres of beautiful farm and forest to explore, our camps offer the best in farm and food, discovery science, and natural resource exploration. We place significant value in the experiential model of "Do, Reflect, Apply", allowing campers to take the experience and relate it back to concepts learned in the classroom. In doing so, young people are empowered to be in charge of their own learning, instilling a passion for self-directed, life-long exploration (
    Offerings include:
    • MSU Tollgate Farm School Break and Summer Camps for ages 5-19
    • Specialty Advanced Camps for ages 10-15
    • Stewards Teen Leadership Program for ages 13-19
    • Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

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