MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp Programs 2021

Camp Location:
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI 48377

Eight weeks of summer camp run July 5 - Aug. 27, 2021.

 Day Camps are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
 $375 per week*
For ages 6 - 19* 

*New this year! Pods and Sprouts Farm Camp 
Ages 4-5
Session A: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Session B: 1-4 p.m.
$175/per session 

2021 Summer Camp Themes
Link to begin registration for Camps at bottom of page

**FULL** July 5-9 Green Science Adventure Farm Camp ($375)

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.

July 12-16 Sprouts Farm Camp ($175) 

Ages 4 - 5 

Calling all 4 & 5 year old's! Come visit MSU Tollgate farm for three hours each day for a week of farm fun! You'll get to meet animals, learn about where food comes from and dip your toes in the pond. This camp is a great introduction to camp where our young campers will gain important social skills while they enjoy the excitement of being on a working farm. All campers must be toilet trained and ready for a fun week of new adventures on the farm.

**FULL** July 19-23 Horse Camp 1: Equine Science ($375)
Ages 9 - 14

Geared toward the scientist, this version of 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.

**FULL** July 19-23 Earth Explorers Camp ($375)
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, including a week-long STEAM project turning 'trash' into a new invention.

July 26-30 Tollgate Vet Science Camp ($375)
Ages 12 - 14

Explore the Tollgate barn and pastures as you investigate the worlds of veterinary science and animal medicine. Collaborate in teams as you participate in various hands-on learning adventures related to the world of farm and domesticated animals. Gain animal handling experience, learn about veterinary tools & technology, practice physical exams, and have the opportunity to explore various animal-related career fields with visiting vets and animal care specialists.

**FULL** August 2-6 Animal Camp ($375)
Ages 6 - 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!

**FULL** August 2-6 Horse Camp 2: Equine Industry ($375)
Ages 9 -14

Imagine yourself learning all about the equine industry. Horse behavior and training, horse care management and career opportunities are just some of the interesting topics at Tollgate Horse Camp 2. Of course, you will be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain knowledge and hands on experience during your equine adventure on the farm! Campers will expand their horsemanship skills and experience the day-to-day operations of a working farm! You do not need a horse to participate. 

**FULL** August 9-13 Nature's Engineers Camp ($375)
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.

**FULL** August 16-20 Survival Camp ($375)
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.

**FULL** August 16-20 Outdoor Adventure Camp ($375)
Ages 12 - 14

Take survival camp to a whole new level and challenge yourself with exciting wilderness skill-building experiences. Test your limits in the forest and fields of Tollgate as you develop a survival mindset. Try your hand at fire-building, wilderness first aid, outdoor cooking, shelter-building, climbing, and team-building trust initiatives.

**FULL** August 23-27 Splish Splash Water Camp ($375)

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 a full day of outdoor water inspired games! 

**FULL** Steward and Steward in Training Leadership Program ($180)
Ages 13 - 19

The Steward and Steward-in-Training (SIT) Program is a progressive Tollgate youth development experience for teens ages 13-19 who are interested in gaining experience working with campers in agriculture and the natural sciences. Stewards-in-Training are 13-14 years of age, serve as role models for campers during activities, and commit to at least one full week of camp. Stewards are 15-19 years of age and serve as assistants to the educational leaders and mentors for both SITs and campers. Stewards must commit to at least two full weeks of camp. For more information on this program email or visit the separate application found here.


MSU Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H.

Enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to attend MSU Tollgate Farm Camp. 

Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to enroll/re-enroll your child(ren) as Oakland County 4-H members.
See Tollgate registration page for complete instructions.

Step 2: After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register for Tollgate Farm camp (See bottom of this page).

Step 3: Pay camp registration during the camp registration process. 

4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program, helping youth in their growth and development and compliments experiences received at home, school and other organizations. As a member of 4-H, there are many other opportunities to get your youngster involved, including approximately 50 4-H clubs in Oakland County where members work with a large variety of project areas, including agriculture, aerospace, community service, horses, science and technology, and more. Questions regarding 4-H? Contact Deb Morgan at

COVID19 UPDATE: We are planning for an in-person program July-August. However, we continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and how this might impact the event. We will decide as to whether it is necessary to postpone or change the format of the event prior to July-August. This decision will be based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations/guidelines from MSU, the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local Health Department guidance. You will be contacted regarding any changes or updates through the email you use to register.

As a condition of attending a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program, all staff, contractors, vendors and participants are required to follow the MSU Community Compact.

 CANCELLATION POLICY: If cancellation is needed, please be prompt. Cancellations from June 1 through 2 weeks prior to your first day of camp result in a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds 14 or fewer days from first day of your camp week. 
Please have payment information and camp choices ready when starting the registration process.

Registration for MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp Programs 2021 is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 23, 2021.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions regarding 4-H Online registration, please contact Oakland County 4-H at
For questions regarding camp registration, please contact Tollgate Farm Day Camp Coordinator Sara Mund at