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MSU Tollgate Farm June 2018

Tollgate Events & Announcements
Happy Summer Vacation!

Summer Camp 2018 is just around the corner and we are so excited to offer the greatest farm camp experience!

Only a few spots remain for campers in several weeks. If you're still looking for the place to be this summer, MSU Tollgate Farm is it!

Head to our web site to check out availability.
Starry Night June 22-23

Tollgate Farm's annual Starry Night event is almost here. This family campout is a one-of-a-kind experience that includes exploring the sun and the summer solstice, the night sky, and the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.
The Oakland Astronomy Club will be present and there will be astronomy activities, games, s'mores, and more!

To find out more details, and to register:
Evenings in the Garden
A brand new summer season of fun and informative classes is starting soon at Tollgate. 
On Thursday, June 28, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Kim Roth shares her presentation on Michigan Native Plants & "Nativars." What in the world is a "nativar"? What do I need to know about Michigan native plants? We will find out!
July 12 - Rosina Newton - Basic Sustainability: Composting and Organic Gardening
August 23 - Will Jaquinde - Home Gardening Success Using Farming Techniques
September 6 - Beth Clawson - Household Pests & Backyard Wildlife Management  
Check out all four new summer season classes. Each class is $20. Advance registration required. 
Space is limited, so register online soon.  We hope to see you here!
Tollgate Garden Volunteers Present:
"Sunset Garden Celebration"
The Tollgate Open House  
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Enjoy a summer evening as you stroll and discover the MSU Tollgate Gardens.
  • Musical entertainment
  • Garden tours
  • Educational talks
  • Hayrides
  • Vendors
  • Beautiful photogenic gardens
Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic dinners to enjoy on site.
Complimentary cold beverages and dessert snacks available.
Tollgate volunteer guides will answer your questions.
See you here!
Please: no pets, no alcohol
Are You a Curious Teacher?  
Deadline Approaching to Register for  
Teaching Science Outdoors

MSU Tollgate Farm
July 24 - 26, 2018

K - 8 teachers and informal educators, come explore best practices for teaching science outdoors. Join campus speakers and area experts as we take to the fields and forest of the farm to learn about how to share the process of science with children in the outdoor classroom. Explore ways to live out ideas set forth in the Next Generation Science Standards.

The deadline to register is Friday, June 22.

Financial aid process available. For more info or to register:

Tollgate News
Tollgate Farm 4-H Club Making Final Preparations for the County Fair!

The members of Tollgate Farm 4-H Club are preparing animal projects for the Oakland County Fair, July 6 - 15. A few are working hard on Market Animal projects. These projects are especially challenging since they involve auctioning the animal at the fair. Why do they do it?
Katherine: Market Lamb - "I am doing this to learn more about taking care of animals and working on a farm. I would also like to become a vet one day."
Susanna: Market Lamb - "I want to learn about biology and how to take care of animals.  I will use the money raised for college."
Chloe: Market Lamb - "I want to educate myself on sheep and livestock. I am also interested in a career in biology or veterinary science."
Evan: Broiler Chickens - "I am doing this because I really like animals, especially the chickens at Tollgate, and trying new things. I have learned a lot from the project. I had to research how to raise chickens, how to take care of a farm animal at home, and I have to be responsible to take good care of them."
Please consider supporting these hard-working youth by heading up to the Oakland County Fair and bidding on their animals.
Small animal auction: Oakland County Fair, Friday, July 13th, 6:30pm
Large animal auction: Oakland County Fair, Saturday, July 14th, 6:30pm
For more information about the auction process
Go to

We can provide more details about the projects or information on the auction.
This month's 4-H Newsletter is here!

Oakland County 4-H Connections is a monthly newsletter for 4-H members, families, and the general community with news and information about 4-H Youth Development activities in Oakland County.

Oakland County 4-H Connections June newsletter

Tollgate Opportunities
Tollgate Volunteer Opportunities

There are many fun and friendly opportunities to contribute to Tollgate!
  • The Tollgate Garden Volunteers maintain the nearly 20 ornamental gardens on The Farm.
  • The Tollgate Maple Syrup crew makes maple syrup every year, and does all the preparation and maintenance for sap collecting.
  • The Tollgate Educational Programming staff seek volunteers throughout the calendar year for school and community field trips at The Farm.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
 - Margaret Mead

For educational programming email:

For all other opportunities, visit:
Rent the Tollgate Conference Center

The MSU Tollgate Conference Center, historic barn, and Americana boardroom are available for your next business meeting, bridal or baby shower, or private luncheon. Our event catering staff are available to meet all of your needs.
To learn more about hosting your event at Tollgate, please visit:
MSU Tollgate Conference Center

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center offers programs throughout the year designed to allow adults and children to experience learning hands-on, explore the joys of gardening and the natural world, appreciate and promote locally grown food, and build community. 
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
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