MSU Tollgate Farm Summer Camp Programs 2022

28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377


Eight weeks of camp:
June 27 - Aug. 26, 2022
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
 $375-$400 per week*
For ages 4 - 19* 

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

2022 Summer Camp Themes
Link to begin registration for Camps at bottom of page

**FULL** June 27 - July 1 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.

 **FULL** July 11 - 15 Wild Animal Camp ($375)
Ages 6 - 12
Investigate animal behavior and how animals in the MSU Tollgate Forest, fields, and pond play an important role in their ecosystems. In addition to daily farm chores, our adventures take us beyond the barnyard to discover the diverse habitats of wildlife and the creatures who live within. Discoveries, collaboration, and play are in store for this fun-filled animal focused week! 

July 11 - 15 Tollgate KBS Winged Wonders Traveling Camp ($400)
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.

**FULL** July 18 - 22 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.

**FULL** July 18 - 22 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 25 - 29 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** July 25 -29 Horse Camp 1: Equine Science ($375)
Ages 9 - 14
Have you thought about what it would be like to own a horse? Horse care and management, including grooming, saddling, health and nutrition are just some of the amazing topics at horse camp! And, of course, you will be able to enjoy the horses up close and personal as you gain horseback riding skills during your equine adventures at MSU Tollgate Farm. You do not need a horse to participate.

**FULL** August 1 - 5  Farm Animal Camp ($375)
Ages 6 -12 
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 1 -5 MSU Tollgate Vet Science Camp ($400)
Ages 12 - 14
Explore the Tollgate barns 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. Take a bus trip to the animal barns on campus to explore livestock care. Gain animal handling experience, learn about veterinary tools & technology, practice physical exams, and take the opportunity to explore various animals and animal care with visiting vets and animal care specialists.

**FULL** August 8 - 12 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** August 8 - 12 Horse Camp 2: English Riding ($375)
Ages 9 -14
Come and learn about the history and many styles of English Riding discipline, including jumping, Dressage, racing, Saddle seat, endurance riding and polo! Experience the horses up close and personal during grooming and saddling sessions and of course learning proper equitation of English riding. You do not need a horse to participate.

**FULL** August 15-19 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.

August 15-19 Outdoor Adventure Camp ($400)
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. Travel by bus for an outdoor adventure on the river or high ropes. An optional Thursday overnight campout on the farm is included.

**FULL** August 22 - 26 Tollgate Chopped Challenge Food Camp ($375)
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.

**FULL** August 22 - 26 Horse Camp 3: Western Riding ($375)
Ages 9 - 14
Do you know what the horn is for on a western saddle? Want to learn to lasso? Let us teach you about the history of western riding and why cowboys wear chaps! Learn all about all the different contests that take place at a rodeo and western horse shows. Sessions will include horse care and management, and of course time in a saddle! You do not need a horse to participate.


Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Programs

The MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Program is a progressive Tollgate youth development experience for teens ages 13-19 who are interested in gaining experience working with campers in the outdoors. Stewards-in-Training are 13-14 years of age and commit to at least one full week of camp. Stewards are 15-19 years of age and asked to commit to two full weeks of camp. Stewards-in-Training and Stewards serve as assistants to the adult educational leaders and serve as role models for campers.  

For more information on the Stewards Teen Leadership Program,
To register as a steward or steward-in-training:

Interested in an advanced environmental stewardship level of the Stewards Program, check out the Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute.
Questions about any level of the Stewards program? Email Ellen Koehler

4-H Enrollment

MSU Tollgate Camp is part of the Oakland County 4-H.  Enrollment in 4-H for the camp is mandatory. Your child will not be able to attend camp if they are not enrolled in 4-H. Exception: 4-5 year old Sprout Farm Campers do not need to enroll in 4-H Online. 
Returning campers will need to update their existing 4-H profile online. Current 4-H enrollment year is Sept. 1, 2021 - Aug. 31, 2022.

 may easily re-enroll in your existing 4-H profile. Do not create a new 4-H profile.

  1. Log in to your existing 4-H account. 
  2. Select EDIT next to each family member's name.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of their profile. Select ENROLL FOR 2021-2022.
  4. Verify that information is up to date, sign electronically.  It is helpful to have all the medical information and insurance completed in case of an emergency.
  5. Change the club name to *CAMPS AT TOLLGATE 2022. Select SUBMIT ENROLLMENT.


  1. To register for Tollgate Farm camp, campers must first be enrolled as 4-H members at
  2. Create a new family profile in 4honline. Select: Don't have an account? (create a login) Select OAKLAND as your (4-H) county. This will direct you to find the 4-H club *CAMPS AT TOLLGATE 2022.
  3. Select any one of the projects. 
  4. Add a youth member profile to your family for each child attending camp. (Parents do not have to enroll themselves). It is helpful to have all the medical information and insurance completed in case of an emergency.

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
 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. 


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