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Charles L. Bowers School Farm
1219 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

To schedule a visit, please call:
(248) 341.6481
Monday-Friday
between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning is fun at Bowers Farm

Contact

Alan Jaros
Director
248.341.6480
AJaros@bloomfield.org

Jackie Doran
Program Coordinator
(scheduling of programs, events and general questions)
weekdays from 8 AM - 2PM
248.341.6481
JDoran@bloomfield.org

Jordan Hewitt
Farm Site Coordinator
weekdays from 7:30 AM - 4 PM
248.310.9456
JHewitt@bloomfield.org

Rachel Duncan
Farm Caretaker
weekdays after 4:00 PM & weekends
(248) 794.0450
RDuncan@bloomfield.org

Athletics, Recreation, and
Community Services:

248.433.0885

Farm Guides

  • Kathleen Blust
  • Amy Cardin
  • Kelli Clifton
  • Michelle Golembieski
  • Jessica Lynn
  • Aliza Marks
  • Rajaa Sheena
  • Laurie Simonelli
  • Isabella Tillman
  • Amanda Wilhelm

Tours are available, we'd love to host you

 

Host Your Next Event

We are thrilled to host your next party, corporate event, business meeting, team building activity, or wedding at Bowers Farm! 

Business Outings

Bowers School Farm can tailor a business outing just for your company. Maybe you're looking for an offsite meeting space for team retreat or a fun place to host a company wide day out? We can provide a number of experiences to meet your needs:

  • Team-building leadership activities
  • Family day on the farm
  • Customer appreciation events
  • Small business meetings
  • Large professional development activity

Bowers Farm has numerous meeting spaces to meet your needs including a 1850's farmhouse boardroom or modern barn conference space.  Choose a space that meets your needs or rent the whole farm! Our expert team will take care of any food and beverage requests. 

To book your business outing, contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Weddings

The Farm is the perfect location for your special day. Let our site serve as the backdrop for your special day. The beautiful horticultural gardens, rolling hills, and pastoral setting give you a setting unlike anywhere else!

Contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481 to learn more.

Traveling Farms and Assemblies

pigs at farm

If you're unable to visit us at the farm, we'll be happy to bring our animals to you! Bowers Farm provides this service for educational settings like schools and libraries.

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

To schedule your visit contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


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

To schedule a presentation contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

Community Events

Bowers Farm offers many community events throughout the year. We see ourselves as a unique platform within our community to provide engagement, fun, and opportunities that are “outside of the box”. 

Throughout the year, Bowers Farm hosts events open to the public to serve as a meeting place for others, as well as providing exposure to all we have to offer at the farm. These annual events provide the opportunity to explore the 90 acre property found here in Bloomfield Hills!

Winter Park: January and February

  • Sledding
  • Full concessions
  • Ice skating
  • Animal interaction (weather appropriate)
  • Themed weekend events

Learn More About the Winter Park!


Spring Fling:  May 

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Self-guided tours
  • Animal interaction
  • Age appropriate crafts
  • Annual FFA hanging basket flower sale

Learn More About the Spring Fling!


Fall Festival:  October 

  • Wagon rides
  • Self guided tour
  • Pumpkin patch picking and decorating
  • Entertainment
  • Concessions

Learn More about the Fall Festival!


Farm Tours:  Offered all Year Long

  • School and private tours
  • Small group instruction provided (4-15 students/group)
  • Farm guides will facilitate learning
  • Animal interaction
  • Theme-based (Genetics, Historical, All About Animals. . . )
  • $10/person with a $50 minimum 

Get a group together and book your tour today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Personalized Events

Bowers Farm is happy to provide a personalized program just for you and your group! The event can include numerous activities, possible room rental and fun on the farm!

Bowers Farm would be happy to host your birthday party, wedding or baby shower or even your wedding! Our gardens, maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners, create a beautiful setting for a ceremony.

Contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481 for additional information.

Community Horse Program

girl with horse at farm

The Community Horse Program allows families and the community to connect with horses and nature at Bowers Farm.  Operated through our partners at the Friends of Bowers Farm, all membership contributions go toward supporting, preserving and enhancing the Bowers Farm property, programs and activities.

The equestrian program is designed to make the Bowers Farm horses more accessible to horse lovers through learning, hands-on experiences, and an ongoing commitment to caring for these beautiful animals.

As part of the Community Horse program, members will:

Meet horse enthusiasts at every level of experience and skill
Have access to affordable training, group clinics, and social events
Have the option of working independently with the horses - either on the ground or in the saddle
Play a major role in supporting ongoing program enhancements

For more information, please visit www.friendsofbowersfarm.org

Tours and Educational Programs

Farm Tours

llama at 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.


Educational Programs

Bowers Farm educational programs are fun and interactive 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!

Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.

Duration: varies by program

Cost: $10.00 per person, including adults.

Available Programs

  • Farmer for a Day (kindergarten)
  • Springtime at the Farm (kindergarten)
  • Fall Fun & Facts (1st Grade)
  • Are You My Mother? (1st Grade)
  • Plant Science I (2nd Grade)
  • Sustainability II (2nd Grade)
  • Everyday Agriculture (3rd Grade)
  • Harvest Program (4th Program)
  • Animal Bodies & Behaviors (4th Grade)
  • Heritage Program (5th Grade)
  • Body Systems (5th Grade)
  • Conservation (6th Grade)
  • Genetics (7th Grade)

We look forward to your visit! Schedule your program today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

Bowers Farm 4H Club

Science, agriculture and citizenship are just a few of the many spectacular opportunities that are available for Bowers Farm 4H Club members. Bowers 4H Club is fortunate enough to be located at Bowers Farm, a very unique and integral part of the local community. Bowers 4H Club offers the youth unique opportunities to learn about agriculture and work with animals despite being such an urban area. 

The club typically consists of around 80 active members, all of whom put in a combined 4,820 hours volunteering on the farm and learning! The club offers a unique leasing program for all 4H members, where they can lease an animal from the farm, raise it and work with it to take to the Oakland County Fair in July. At the fair, they compete against other Oakland County 4H Clubs and members in everything from animal showmanship to photography and baking. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about how you and your family can become involved in the Bowers Farm 4H Club, please reach out to ....

For additional information please contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

The Charles L. Bowers Farm offers a wide variety of educational programs and events!

For additional information please contact:

Jackie Doran
JDoran@bloomfield.org
248.341.6481

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