The MSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center sits on 160 acres in Novi, MI, and uses research-based curriculum to provide children, adults, families, and school groups with hands-on agricultural opportunities.
Located in a vastly developed area, the views of rolling farmland are practically unknown elsewhere in present-day Oakland County. MSU Tollgate is a working farm with animals, community gardens, and sustainable agriculture opportunities for the surrounding community.
At MSU’s Tollgate farms, instructors lead visitors through an exciting exploration of the farm and natural world, encouraging them to grow their appreciation for agriculture, locally sourced food and the outdoors. Far too often children grow up thinking food comes from a grocery store or community members do not have the essential information needed to make decisions related to environmental issues. The MSU Tollgate staff helps to connect visitors to land, water, and sustainable agriculture practices to help create stronger and healthier communities.
MSU Tollgate offers a number of program opportunities for people of all ages, but has an impact on more than 7,200 students a year through its school field trips, early childhood education programs, and spring and summer camps.
Programming opportunities at MSU Tollgate are fee based to support the employment of qualified instructors, educational materials, and to care for farm livestock. A number of students who visit the property come from low-income families or school districts, making the fees associated with each program difficult to cover for their families. In the past year 13 percent of students have benefited from the MSU Tollgate financial aid fund.
The MSU Tollgate financial aid fund exists to support families, schools, or individuals who are experiencing financial hardships, but still wish to attend an MSU Tollgate program. A committee of dedicated community members, including MSU Tollgate staff and site volunteers, award aid based on the needs of participants, potential impact on their learning, the cost of the program, and the potential for meaningful collaboration.
The goal of the financial aid fund is to provide as many community members with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the farm as possible, regardless of their background. The MSU Tollgate financial aid fund can help to reduce program costs for applicants by up to 50 percent.
The MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center is a partnership between MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Americana Foundation. Originally conceived as a 4-H facility, MSU Tollgate has evolved into an education and event center for people of all ages.
The MSU Tollgate property is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., excluding university holidays.
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824
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