Summer Camp 2020

2020 Summer Camp Registration is Now Open! Register HERE!

Summer camp at MSU Tollgate is a fun and enriching opportunity to experience the natural world hands-on. With 160 beautiful farm and forest acres, 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.

We offer various exciting camp themes, but each week campers also engage in fun, farm-based activities such as harvesting farm food to prepare tasty snacks, caring for and learning from the animals, and exploring the 40 acres of woodlands. Other activities vary depending on the camp week and may include archery, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, building, and more.

2020 Camp Themes

June 22 – 26 Green Science Adventure Farm Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a week on the farm? Our flagship farm camp offers a great taste of farm life. Campers gain a deeper sense of environmental stewardship as they spend their days feeding critters in the barnyard, tracking animals in the forest, playing cooperative games, designing and building STEM projects, and preparing garden fresh snacks they help grow.

June 22 – 26 Tollgate KBS Winged Wonders Traveling Camp ($350)
Ages 10-13

Tollgate has banded together with Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan to offer this exploration of wild and domestic birds through interactive, hands-on science learning. Become an ornithologist and study birds and their amazing feats as we hike the fields and forests of MSU Tollgate Farm and Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Meet at Tollgate for farm-based birding adventures Monday and Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. As field scientists, travel by bus and camp out under the stars at KBS Tuesday through Thursday to interact with research scientists, meet raptors up close and personal, make new friends, and have lots of fun! Transportation and tents provided.

July 6 – July 10 Animal Camp ($310)
Ages 5 – 12

During this camp week our adventures will take us to the barnyard and beyond as we investigate animals and their behaviors. Throughout the week we will visit and interact with our animals on the farm as well as the animals and critters we find as we explore the diverse habitats found within the pond, forest, and fields. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled animal-focused week!
Kinder Camp option available this week for 5 year olds.

July 6 – 10 Horse Camp: Level 1 Equine Science ($350)
Ages 9 – 14

Geared toward the scientist, this version of level 1 Horse Camp will explore the wonders of the equine body! Campers will dive into the anatomy and physiology of horses, explore specimens under a microscope, learn about veterinary procedures, and much more! Campers will also work on basic horsemanship skills, acquire horse husbandry knowledge, and experience the day-to-day operations of a working farm! You do not need a horse to participate.

NEW THIS YEAR! July 13 – July 17 Earth Explorers Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

During this week of camp we will use our curiosity and imagination to explore nature and the world around us. From studying the soil composition in the forest to the water quality of the pond the campers will learn the importance of environmental diversity and the inter-connectivity of humans and nature. Throughout the week campers will be immersed in interactive and environmentally focused activities that promote sustainability. To help support this theme, campers will take a field trip to the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority and Woodland Meadows Landfill. Nothing teaches kids more about the importance of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, in that order, than a trip to see where their waste goes.

NEW THIS YEAR! July 13 – July 17 Coding Camp ($350)
Ages 9 -14

Are you interested in finding out more about coding and don’t know where you should start? Come explore the Tollgate Coding Camp …. Learn the basics of computer science and coding through Scratch, a block-based coding language developed by MIT! You’ll also explore careers that use computer coding and other opportunities to continue learning through 4-H! Participants must provide their own laptop and earbuds/headphones.

NEW THIS YEAR! July 20 – 24 Nature’s Engineers Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

Calling all nature engineers! Professions such as architects, engineers, and scientists often look to nature to inspire and answer questions. Organisms all around us are using engineering principles to build structures and/or modify the environment for their benefit. During this week of camp we will investigate various nature engineers on our property and become one ourselves through participation in various outdoor packed activities and our week long STEAM project.

July 20 – 24  Horse Camp Level 1: Equine Science ($350)
Ages 9 – 14

Geared toward the scientist, this version of Horse Camp level 1 we will explore the wonders of the equine body! Campers will dive into the anatomy and physiology of horses, explore specimens under a microscope, learn about veterinary procedures, and much more! Campers will also work on basic horsemanship skills, acquire horse husbandry knowledge, and experience the day-to-day operations of a working farm! You do not need a horse to participate.

July 27 – 31 Survival Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

Let your child’s adventurous spirits run free as they learn about the natural environment and the important tools of survival during this week of summer camp. Survival Camp is the perfect camp for those who want to get down and dirty and put their survival skills to the test. This camp week will be filled with exciting skill building experiences like fire building, forest exploration and navigational tools, and a week-long STEM project focusing on shelter building.

July 27 – 31 Outdoor Adventure Camp ($350)
Ages 12 – 14

Take survival camp to a whole new level and challenge yourself with exciting wilderness skill-building experiences. Test your limits and develop a survival mindset with map reading and orienteering, fire-building, outdoor cooking, shelter-building, climbing, and team-building trust initiatives. Travel by bus to a high ropes course and giant’s ladder. Add an optional Thursday campout under the stars for new outdoor adventure at MSU Tollgate.

August 3-7 Splish Splash Water Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

Dive into the world of the pond to investigate the animals, bugs, and plants that call it home. This week is perfect for the camper who is interested in fishing, canoeing, and pond dipping for macroinvertebrates. Learn about water conservation and water ecology. What happens to the rain that falls on MSU Tollgate Farm? How do the plants and animals impact our water? We will close our week with the return of our famous water slide for a splish-splashing good time!

August 3 – 7 Horse Camp Level 2: English Riding ($350)Ages 9 -14

A camp about English? English-style horseback riding of course! Campers will dive into the world of horse racing, jumping, dressage, and learn about their impact on the world today. Enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain English riding skills during your equine adventure on the farm. Campers will expand their horse husbandry knowledge and experience the day-to-day operations of a working farm! You do not need a horse to participate. You must have attended a MSU Tollgate Level 1 Horse Camp in order to register for Level 2 Horse Camp: English Riding.

August 10-14 Animal Camp ($310)
Ages 5 – 12

During this camp week our adventures will take us to the barnyard and beyond as we investigate animals and their behaviors. Throughout the week we will visit and interact with our animals on the farm as well as the animals and critters we find as we explore the diverse habitats found within the pond, forest, and fields. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled animal-focused week!
KinderCamp option is available this week for 5 year olds.

August 10 – 14 Tollgate Vet Science Camp ($350)
Ages 12 – 14

Explore the Tollgate barn and pastures as you investigate veterinary science and animal medicine. Collaborate in teams as you participate in various hands-on learning adventures related to the world of farm animals. Travel by bus one day to visit campus farms and explore veterinary science as a career choice. Participants will gain animal handling experience, learn how to use veterinary tools & technology, practice physical exams, and have the opportunity to explore various animal-related career fields with visiting vets and animal care specialists.

August 17 – 21 Tollgate Top Chef Food Camp ($310)
Ages 6 – 12

Calling all foodies! Participate alongside other young cooks in Tollgate’s junior top chef food challenge. Our week will include digging into the concept of farm to table, caring for the animals, and exploring the surrounding field, forest, and pond. We will grow, harvest, and cook with MSU Tollgate farmers as we build our sense of food community and complete our week long Top Chef Food Challenge.

August 17 – 21 Horse Camp Level 2: Western Riding ($350)
Ages 9 – 14

Yeehaw! Let’s take a trip out west to the days of cattle drives, campfires, chuck wagons, and more! Explore the different western events and try your hand at roping, barrel racing, and many other ranch activities. Enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain Western riding skills during your equine adventure on the farm. Campers will expand their horse husbandry knowledge and experience the day-to-day operations of a working farm! You do not need a horse to participate. You must have attended a MSU Tollgate Level 1 Horse Camp in order to register for Level 2 Horse Camp: Western Riding.

NEW THIS YEAR! August 24 – 27 Farm Market: Entrepreneur Camp ($310)
Ages 12-18

This hands-on entrepreneurial experience will teach youth the mechanics of owning and operating a small business and running their own farm stand. Campers will visit Eastern Market to learn entrepreneurial skills from real business leaders, including customer service, budgeting, marketing and sales and other essential tools to make a business a success. In order to have the full experience of running a farm stand during this camp, youth should plan to stay for Wednesday’s Farmers Market at Tollgate from 4-6 p.m. The camp will end on Thursday with reflection and youth will learn to develop their own value-added products they can sell at their own local farmers market.
4 Day Camp: August 24-27 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (M,T,Th) and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Wed)

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