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2021 MSU Tollgate Farm 4-H Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

 So, what is this sustainability thing really all about? How do you as a young leader create positive sustainability outcomes? What does it mean to be a good steward at home, at school, at the farm? How can environmental stewardship be a part of the farm? How do all careers and fields of study encompass sustainability?  

Learning about sustainability means “creating, integrating, and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions” (Teton Science Schools). Join us in 2021 for a leadership institute to answer these questions and expand your ability to make a positive difference in the world around you. Join like-minded high school peers and explore how all careers and fields of study encompass sustainability. This fun and challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 15-19 who love adventure. Includes virtual sessions on sustainability, leadership roles at camp, a mentorship model, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team-building experience, campus visits, a certificate of complete, and a capstone sustainability action project.

The Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute is the advanced level of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program.
Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute 
$400/per participant/ Financial aid process is available. Contact for the application.

Registration holds your space. Payment will be collected as program dates come closer. Programming format will be determined by university, local, and state guidance related to COVID. 

 Tollgate welcomes all and strives to provide opportunities for youth and adults of all income levels to experience farm-based experiential learning. The goal of the financial aid committee is to provide youth and adults with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences. Assistance is determined based on need and SSLI applicants can learn more or apply HERE.

For questions about SSLI, contact Ellen Koehler at


MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development
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 as Oakland County 4-H members.
See the registration page for complete 4-H enrollment instructions.

Step 2: After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register for Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute. 
Registration for the SSLI reserves your space in the program until that time. 

For questions regarding 4-H Online registration, please contact Oakland County 4-H at or 248-858-0889.
For questions regarding SSLI registration, please contact Ellen at Tollgate at 248-347-0269, ext. 227 or


May - SSLI virtual Interviews and monthly sessions
June 14 - 19, 2021 - mandatory Stewards Sustainability Institute
June 18-19th - mandatory Stewards and Stewards-in-Training overnight training
Thursday, July 22 –  4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards Midsummer Evening Training and Cookout
Friday, August 27 - 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Camp Closing Celebration

Tollgate SSLI spaces are limited, so register early.
Participants under 18 need parental consent to participate in this program.

If registration is full,
please email
to be added to the wait list.

Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

Registration for Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Institute is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 21, 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 more information, please call 248-347-0269 ext. 227 or email