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Exploring MSU Tollgate virtually is the next best thing to being on the farm

Posted at 5:56 AM, Jan 30, 2021

NOVI. MICH (WXYZ) — MSU Tollgate provides non-formal learning for children, families, and adults, offering the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment.

You and yours are invited to spend time exploring the MSU Tollgate barn and pastures virtually as you investigate veterinary science and animal medicine. You'll get to know an array of animals as you experience the care of our livestock up close and personal.

You can also explore the five freedoms, engage in STEM challenges, and learn about veterinary tools & technology. Interactive real time sessions with MSU Extension Animal Science educators, Tollgate Farm staff, and visiting vets complement investigations and activities. This is the next best thing to being on the farm! A list of upcoming events is posted below.

The cost is $40 first youth participant, $25 additional youth in family. To learn more, visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/tollgate/

MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Stewards Teen Leadership Programs ages 13-19 https://events.anr.msu.edu/tollgatestewardsteenleadershipprogram/ [events.anr.msu.edu]The Tollgate Camp Teen Steward (15-19 yrs) and Tollgate Steward-in-Training (13-14 yrs) positions are for teens interested in gaining experience working with campers in outdoor farm setting. This experience offers teens a chance for stewards to enrich, mentor, and lead campers while gaining valuable leadership and life skills. In a positive educational environment, teens experience the responsibilities associated with potential career paths before entering college.

MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute ages 15-19 https://events.anr.msu.edu/2021MSUTollgateSSLI/ [events.anr.msu.edu]
Scheduled for June 14-19, 2021, SSLI is a fun, adventurous six-day training and youth development summit incorporating a mentorship model, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team building adventure, leadership roles, career exploration, and a capstone sustainability action project, all with a focus on educating for sustainability. For those interested in reconnecting with nature and exploring career connections to sustainability, this is the leadership experience for you!

Virtual MSU Tollgate Farm HomeGrown Gardening Series for families and individuals, sponsored by Bordine’s https://events.anr.msu.edu/msutollgatehomegrowngardening/ [events.anr.msu.edu]
February – September 2021
Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden for the first time or are you an experienced veggie gardener looking to explore new ideas? All levels of experience are welcome at this new series designed to encourage and support home vegetable gardeners! $10 per session for one household, $75 for all eight sessions. Preregistration required.

Second Saturdays, 10 amFeb. 13 - Home Vegetable Gardening 101March 13 - Seed-Starting for EveryoneApril 10 - Vegetable Gardening in Small SpacesMay 8 - Growing Fun with KidsJune 12 - Taking Growing to New HeightsJuly 10 - Season Extension for the Home GardenAug. 14 - Companion PlantingSept. 11 - Veggie Harvest and Storage

Virtual MSU Tollgate Farm Interactive Series for School Teachers and Their Students https://events.anr.msu.edu/TollgateGroupVirtualFarmSeries/ [events.anr.msu.edu]