Summer Camp Information 2019

2019 Summer Camp Registration is Now Open
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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.

June 24 – June 28 Green Science Adventure Farm Camp

Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a week on the farm? Our flagship 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 to grow.

June 24 – June 28 Level 1 Horse Camp: Equine Science

New This Year!
Ages 9 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.

July 8 – 12 Red Planet Survival Camp

Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mission control, do you copy? Spaceship Spartan 1 has crash-landed on Planet Tollgate and the crew must find a way to survive until help arrives. Young astronauts attending this camp will test their survival skills with fire-building, archery, fishing, wilderness first aid, shelter-building, orienteering, garden kitchen, animal chores, and more! Our interstellar-based adventures will encourage campers to engineer their way through survival situations and learn about our solar system.

July 8 – 12 Advanced Outdoor Adventure Survival Camp

New This Year!
Ages 12 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. + Thursday Campout! 

Take Survival Camp to a whole new level and challenge yourself with new and exciting skill-building experiences. Test your limits and develop a survival mindset with map-reading and orienteering, fire- and shelter-building, outdoor cooking, a rock wall, trust initiatives, a Thursday campout under the stars, and other outdoor adventure challenges never before offered at MSU Tollgate.

July 15 – July 19 Wildlife Animal Adventurers Camp

New This Year!
Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

We will spend our week learning about animal behavior and how animals in the MSU Tollgate forest, fields, and pond play an important role in their ecosystems. We’ll be sure to care for our farm animals, but our adventures will lead us beyond the barnyard to discover the diverse habitats of wildlife and the creatures that live within. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled animal-focused week!

July 15 – July 19 Tollgate KBS Winged Wonders Camp

Ages 10 – 13
Monday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Tollgate
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – Thursday 4:00 p.m. @ KBS

Have you ever wondered about the creatures that flap, fly, and float through the air? We have banded together with Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan to offer this exploration of wild and domestic birds through interactive, hands-on science activities. Become an ornithologist to study birds and their amazing feats as we hike the fields and forests of MSU Tollgate Farm and KBS. Meet at Tollgate for farm-based birding adventures. As field scientists, 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 22 – July 26 Time Travelers Farm Camp

New This Year!
Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Explore MSU Tollgate through the ages as you try your hand at homesteading skills of farmers from the past, the present, and…the future! Tackle farm-based skills of gardening, animal husbandry, carpentry, cooking and canning, candle-dipping, fiber processing and arts, composting, and companion planting. Try your hand at cart-pulling, harvesting, and plowing. Put technology to use and look into the future as you investigate sustainable agriculture themes of resource management and environmentally friendly practices.

July 22 – July 26 Level 1 Horse Camp: Colonial-Style

New This Year!
Ages  9 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Take a trip with us to colonial America when horsepower meant actual horses! Discover how horses were used before farms had trucks and tractors, and even practice skills like plowing and driving! Experience life before modern-day technology. 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 29 – August 2 Eco-Warriors Camp

Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Eco-Warriors is perfect for those who like to tinker, engineer, craft, and change the way we think about trash! The week will include calculating our eco footprint, exploring pros and cons of renewable energy, repurposing items in our makerspace, and taking a field trip to the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority. Learn from the MSU Sustainable Agriculture Team about closing the food waste loop, prepare, and eat locally grown snacks, and consider the impact of our resource use in agriculture.

July 29 – August 2 Eco-Challenge Camp

New This Year!
Ages 12-14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Are you interested in engineering, science, biology, nature, and fun? At Eco-Challenge Camp youth are exposed to the use of new technology to investigate natural science phenomena. Campers will incorporate engineering practices to build and test exciting products together. Through this, participants will gain an understanding of how scientists tackle real-world problems and research questions through the scientific method.

August 5 – August 9  Splish Splash Water Camp

Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

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 5 – August 9 Level 2 Horse Camp: English Riding

New This Year!
Ages 9 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 12 – August 16 Farm Animal  Camp

Ages 6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Animals play many important roles on the farm; they provide food, clothing, hard work, and companionship. Explore animal science as you interact with our horses, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and goats. Spend the week learning about farm animal behavior and how to interact with and care for animals in the MSU Tollgate barns and pastures. 

August 12 – August  16 Tollgate Junior Vet Science Camp

New This Year!
Ages 12 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $

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. 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 19 – August 23 Tollgate Top Chef Food Camp

New This Year!
Ages  6 – 12
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Calling all foodies! Participate alongside other young cooks in Tollgate’s junior top chef food challenge. Our week will include digging into the garden, caring for the animals, and exploring the surrounding field, forest, and pond. We will interact with goats and greens as we engage in food science making nutritious snacks that taste yummy too! We will grow, harvest, and cook with MSU Tollgate farmers each day as we build our sense of food community and fun!

August 19 – August 23 Level 2 Horse Camp: Western Riding

New This Year!
Ages 9 – 14
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.$

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.

For all camps:
Aftercare is offered from 4-6 p.m. for $10.00 per hour.
Pre-Registration for aftercare is required.
We cannot provide before care. Earliest drop-off time is 8:45 a.m.


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