Preschoolers will discover all we have to offer in the winter season on our 160 acre farm, with the opportunity to participate in the sustainable harvest of the first Michigan agricultural product of the year… sugar maple sap! We will develop scientific thinking skills through an inquiry-based, project approach to learning in order to investigate how sap becomes syrup through experiences such as tapping a tree, evaporating the sap, and tasting MSU Tollgate Farm maple syrup.

Group sizes are kept to a low child-to-teacher ratio in order to fully meet the needs and interests of the child. Experiential learning and seasonally-based investigations are integrated into the program to assist children in reaching developmentally appropriate cognitive learning goals related to science, literacy, mathematics, engineering, social studies, and Spanish as a foreign language.

Preschoolers will develop social, emotional, and physical skills as participants in the farm community through shared discoveries and cooperative experiences.

View the "Registration Packet" below to find out more and visit our blog to capture a sense of our program:

Preschoolers need to have gained independence with potty-training to register.

Schedule: Wednesdays / 4 weeks / February 21 - March 14, 2018

Morning Session: 9 - 11:30 a.m. (3 - 4 years)

Afternoon Session: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (4 - 5 years)

Program space is limited, so be sure to register early!

Cost: $150 a.m. Session / $180 p.m. Session (locally and/or organically grown snack included!)

Cancellation Policy: A $50 fee will be charged to cancel your registration.

Please visit our website to learn about the spring season of our Farm Sprouts Preschool Program. Open registration will take place on January 15th, 2018.

Financial aid is available. Visit our website to apply.

Registration Packet


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 information contact MSU Extension Tollgate Early Childhood Programs Office at 248-347-0269, ext. 230 or