MSU Tollgate Farm offers several teen leadership experiences for students to enhance their skills.
Stewards Teen Leadership Program
Farm camp allows teens to serve as leaders who enrich, mentor, and lead campers while gaining valuable leadership and life skills. In a positive educational environment, teens experience the responsibilities associated with potential career paths before entering college.
Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute
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 do all careers and fields of study encompass sustainability? 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 for 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.
Virtual Sustainable Stewards Series
MSU Tollgate Farm is offering this FREE virtual three-part Sustainable Stewards Series to explore how you can be a sustainability steward with your peers and with community partners. These panel discussions will help you prepare for college and career as you explore how sustainability will impact your future in meaningful ways. Led by college students and local community partners and moderated by staff, these virtual panel discussions will be followed by Q & A and peer-to-peer discussion. Friday, March 26, April 23, May 21, 4-5 p.m.
Becoming a Sustainable Steward - March 26, 2021 4-5 p.m.
MSU Sustainable Spartans How might sustainability play a role in your future career? Join members of the MSU Sustainable Spartans to explore principles of sustainability, and how they can inform and influence every career and field of study choice you may make in your upcoming journey. Students from a variety of academic programs will share what sustainability means to them and why it might be important to you.
Water World - April 23, 2021 4–5 p.m.
Erin Cassidy and members of Friends of the Rouge Friends of the Rouge seek to restore, protect, and enhance the Rouge River Watershed through individual and community actions to assure that its natural, economic, and recreational value enhances the quality of life in the ecosystem. Along with other teen leaders and Friends of the Rouge staff and volunteers, explore issues facing this local watershed and the work of FOTR during this panel discussion.
Climate Science Basics: Climate Science and YOU - May 21, 2021 4-5 p.m.
Lindsey Kemmerling, MSU PhD Candidate, MSU Kellogg Biological Station What do you know about how climate change impacts you and how you impact climate change? Explore climate science and climate change with PhD candidate Lindsey Kemmerling as she shares climate science basics to help you build your own knowledge and understanding. Explore your own carbon footprint and engage in conversation about how you can make a difference.