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Support Under-Served School Field Trips to MSU Tollgate Farm

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center sits on 160 acres in Novi, MI, and uses research-based curriculum to provide school age youth the opportunity to experience hands-on agriculture.

Schools and students in low-income and traditionally under-served communities often to do not have the means to take field trips. Frequently, field trip costs are passed onto students and their families. Providing accessible programming for under-served communities is a priority as MSU Tollgate Farm works to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

MSU Tollgate Educational Leaders guide students in exploring the farm and the natural world, encouraging appreciation for agriculture, locally grown 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 connect school instruction to land, water, and sustainable agriculture to help create more knowledge individuals. 

MSU Tollgate offers many program opportunities for people of all ages but has an impact on thousands of students each year through school field trips. We place an emphasis on recruiting schools from Detroit, Southfield, Livonia, Hamtramck, Dearborn, Pontiac, and other higher needs areas. Many of these students come from low-income families or school districts, making the fees associated with each program difficult to cover for their families.

Help Provide Educational Opportunities

Programming opportunities at MSU Tollgate are fee based to support the employment of qualified instructors, educational materials, and to care for farm livestock.  

The MSU Tollgate Financial Aid Fund exists to support schools with financial hardships but 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 potential for meaningful collaboration.

The goal of the  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.

About MSU Tollgate

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. 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22GGDCF1TGF” in the note section.

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