About Bowers Farm
Charles L. Bowers School Farm was purchased in the mid-1960's by Bloomfield Hills Schools to be used as a land laboratory. We are housed on 90 acres within Bloomfield Hills.
Animals such as sheep, horses, llama and a donkey graze the pastures. We also house poultry of all types, rabbits and goats. Every animal has a purpose here at the farm and farm equipment is used daily to maintain the property as an educational agriculture production enterprise.
Charles L. Bowers Farm is open daily and year-round for various educational programs and community events.
Want to visit Bowers Farm?
The farm offers educational field trips for schools interested in enhancing the classroom learning experience through authentic, place-based learning. Community organizations such as scouts, neighborhood associations, family and church groups can also sign-up to participate. Program topics include Plant Science, Animal Behavior, Sustainability, Harvesting, Conservation and Genetics to name a few. Programs with specific topics run at different times of the school year, range in duration and price and target different ages/groups.
If you prefer a more casual visit to Bowers Farm, we invite you to take a one-hour guided tour! Tours are scheduled in advance to allow for customized experiences for individuals and groups of virtually any size. Our Farm tour & wagon ride is an hour long and we ask for a minimum of 5 people. The cost is $10/person. We can still provide a tour & wagon ride for groups of less than 5, however the cost will then be a flat-fee of $50. If you'd like to schedule an educational program or a one-hour tour, please complete the form below or call us at 248.341.6475.
- Kathleen Blust, Guide
- Amy Cardin, Guide
- Kelli Clifton, Guide
- Jackie Doran, Program Coordinator
- Alan Jaros, Director
- Jordan Hewitt, Site Coordinator
- Jessica Lynn, Guide
- Aliza Marks, Guide
- Rajaa Sheena, Guide
- Laurie Simonelli, Guide
Kathleen is an Instructional Farm Guide at Bowers Farm and the Bowers 4H Club coordinator since 2015. Kathleen graduated from Oakland University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Biology with an Integrated Science Endorsement, and a minor in Mathematics for Secondary Education. Kathleen is currently attending Oakland University in the Masters of Secondary Education program to obtain a teaching certification.
"Educating youth in agriculture and working on a farm are my passions; I am so lucky to get to do them everyday at work!", shared Kathleen.
Amy has been an Educational Guide at Bowers Farm since 2010, as well as the Director for the Barnyard Buddies summer camps. Amy was raised in the suburban Chicago area, and attended college at SMU in Dallas with majors in English, Psychology, and Education, and a minor in Creative Writing.
"Bowers Farm is a dream job for me! Combining my love of teaching, being around kids, and being out in nature!", shared Amy.
Kelli is a Farm Guide with an alpaca-loving family. Kelli's family owns dogs, cats, birds, fish, bunnies, and chickens, as well as leases and shows alpacas for 4H at the Oakland County Fair.
Kelli holds a teaching degree in English and Physical Education from Central Michigan University, as well as a master's degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University. Kelli has taught in K-12 public schools, public and private colleges, and as a paraeducator for special needs students.
"I love that at Bowers Farm I get to combine my love for animals, kids, and education all into one! It truly is my dream job," expressed Kelli.
Jackie has been the Program Coordinator for Bowers Farm and the Nature Center since 2003. Jackie graduated from Central Michigan University with a Business degree and completed a Masters degree as well.
"There is always something new to learn and I am proud to work for facilities that teach the importance of nature, food and animals and the roles they play in our everyday lives," shared Jackie.
Jordan in the Site Coordinator for Bowers Farm. Jordan holds over 20 years of equestrian experience, including over 10 years of instructional time covering a variety of disciplines with a specialization in driving. Jordan was additionally a livestock manager for a living history site! Jordan holds an Animal Science degree specializing in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree Agricultural Education.
"I look forward to creating the most authentic farm experience possible for the students and hopefully my time farming with horses can come in use when creating the backstory for how agriculture has evolved," expressed Jordan.
Jessica has been a team member of Bowers School Farm since spring of 2015. Jessica began an Educational Farm Guide for field trips and community tours. With a background in Animal Science from Michigan State University, teaching about agriculture and engaging people in the process of how food is grown and raised is Jessica's passion. In 2017 Jessica became an Agriculture Instructor for Bloomfield Hills High School and also advised the BHHS FFA chapter (Future Farmers of America).
"From teaching high school in the mornings, elementary groups in the afternoon, all while working with livestock, plants, and an amazing staff and guests - the farm is my favorite place to be!", Jessica shared.
Sustainable Learning Gardens
As part of our education programs, we service, explore and learn in our Sustainable Learning Garden. Children get to explore how the garden functions, from helping us transport seedlings from our greenhouse, all the way to harvesting fresh kale to put in a delicious salad!
Our Sustainable Learning Garden is always evolving with the consideration of new farming techniques and technology. Children become engaged in the garden during our educational programs during the school year and are found exploring it in our summer camps!