Charles L. Bowers School Farm
1219 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
For scheduling of programs, private rentals, events, and general questions please call:
(248) 341.6475 or complete this request form.
between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Learning is fun at Bowers Farm
Tours are available, we'd love to host you
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Private programs are currently postponed, but check back in the fall for updated information.
You may visit during our open hours. More information is available at our Visitor Center page.
Learning Expeditions Offered
Bowers Farm educational programs are fun and engaging, while teaching aspects of each grade level's state educational standards. The recommended grade level is shown, but we can modify any program or activity to fit the needs of any grade or group, including families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens, and church groups - just to name a few! Our educational staff is comprised of engaging, top-notch educators and capable of designing a program to fit your learning target needs. Please reach out to schedule your group today by filling out the form below. Thank you for considering Bowers Farm for your educational enrichment.
The Farmer for a Day program encompasses a variety of farm activities and chores. Students will discover the basics of everyday farming, from planting and harvesting, to grooming and servicing our livestock. Farmer For A Day is a great trip for first time visitors. It opens the doors to more advanced curriculum and develops confidence about working with farm animals.
Springtime at the Farm allows young students to explore and discover the new beginnings at the farm. From our season of birthing to newly planted crops, students will engage in a variety of activities as they work to understand the transition to Spring and all we have to do get the farm ready for a fruitful summer ahead.
Fall Fun and Facts is a program designed to enjoy all things fall at our farm, including an educational tour of our animals as they prepare for the colder seasons approaching. Students will learn about animal behaviors, caretaking, and the physical and environmental changes that happen on the farm. In addition, students will visit our pumpkin patch via wagon ride to choose their very own pumpkin for the season. Finally, all visitors will be able to engage in our favorite fall tradition - cider and donuts.
Are You My Mother? engages young learners in understanding basic genetic factors our young animals on the farm share with their mothers. Students will compare physical features that mother and offspring have in common, as well as see that bond in person. Seeing that bond allows students to make a personal connection to the farm and encourage early learning and inquiry.
The Pocket Full of History program showcases two historic properties, The Craig Log Cabin and The Barton Farmhouse. Both properties have been restored by Preservation Bloomfield and are designed to reflect the history during the times they were originally built, early to mid 1800’s. Pocket Full of History is a fantastic program that truly brings local and state history alive!
Everyday Agriculture is a program designed to allow students to participate and understand our day-to-day operations here at Bowers Farm including understanding the life cycle of our chickens, measuring animal growth, and seed and soil investigation. This program is rich in inquiry based learning as students are led through stations of exploration.
Animal Bodies and Behaviors was designed with young scientists in mind. As students travel the farm, they are able to engage with animals and learn how animal body systems work. From basic reproduction to digestion, students gain a basic understanding of how all systems work together to keep our animals alive and thriving. It is a great launching pad in animal sciences and encourages further exploration as students mature.
Harvest and Heritage: A Learning Expedition allows students to explore colonial style living in a real and practical way. Students are given life skills appropriate for survival during the early 1700's including corn processing (from shelling to grinding to cooking), wool carding, and quilting. Students are then given a homestead on the property and must trade with their fellow colonial settlers to survive the winter. It is an engaging, fast-paced program that challenges students out of their zones of modern day thinking.
Our staff is eager to help design a program that meets the needs of your students. We will work with you to customize curriculum to mirror the standards you desire for your age group. Past programs have included genetics, sustainability, survival skills, teambuilding, and career exploration. We are excited to have you join us on the farm!
The Bowers Farm tour is fun and educational and is designed for anyone who is interested in farm life. During this tour you will visit all of the animals in their natural settings while walking through barns and viewing them out in the pasture. We have sheep, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, llama and pigs!
Guests will be able to participate in seasonal hands-on activities; possibly milking a goat or feeding a baby animal a bottle of milk, all while learning about the basic needs of animals and the roles they play on the farm.
The tour also includes a wagon ride around the farm property, giving you the opportunity to view other aspects of farming such as our crops which consist of a variety of fresh produce and numerous animals grazing throughout the fields.
Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.
Duration: one hour Cost: $10.00 per person, including adults
Get a group together and book your tour today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.
Traveling farms are intended to be an extension of activities that happen here on the farm. They are provided after a group visits the farm as a way to extend learning into the classrooms. We look forward to servicing your farm to classroom connection.
Single Animal Visit
Choose the animal, the time, and the place that you would like us to visit and we will do the rest! Some popular animal visits include a turkey around Thanksgiving and baby goats or lambs in the springtime. Our staff will present a hands-on educational experience for you and your group. Given the experiential nature of this program, it is best for a group of 20 or less. If you have more than 20 people, we suggest that you divide into groups in order to receive the full benefit of the program.
Duration: as long as you need us Cost: $50 set-up fee, plus $25 for each ½ hour session
Mobile Farm Animal Presentations
We'd be happy to bring a complete farm to you! The animals included in our traveling farm are a pony, a milking goat, two baby goats, a lamb, a rabbit and various poultry. We will tailor the educational experience to fit your needs. Information about each animal will be given, as well as interactive, educational demonstrations and activities.
Duration: as long as you need us Cost: $300 for the first hour; $100 for each additional hour.
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