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Charles L. Bowers School Farm

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.

MSU Partnership

Bowers School Farm is a proud partner of Michigan State University Extension. The latest research-based curriculum and experiential methodology inform the instructional design of our hands-on school and community programs.
Focusing on the process of science, educators from MSU enhance the unique learning experiences, activities and hands-on workshops at the farm. These experiences give students the opportunity to understand the interconnectedness between science, food, and our natural world.

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 online form or call us at 248.341.6475.

Community Events

Every year we host a fun-filled "Spring Fling & Pancake Breakfast" and a "Fall Festival" community event! Please click on the links located at the top left corner that say "Spring Fling" and "Fall Festival" for additional information.

Other Farm Happenings

We are happy to provide the following programs:

  • A 79-plot Community Garden for those interested in renting a garden plot
  • A horse leasing program for those who have a love for horses and riding
  • A seasonal farm stand that is stocked with fresh veggies and eggs from our gardens and hens at Bowers Farm!
  • Room and Area Rentals - we are also pleased to rent areas of our facility to those looking to host a birthday party, wedding or baby shower and even have their wedding take place in our lovely gardens maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners!

Please click on the link located at the top left corner that says "Farm Programs & Events" of this page for additional information or feel free to call (248) 341-6475.



Summer Camp is in full swing! Visit ExperienceBowers.com

The Bowers School Farm camps and Barnyard Buddies programs are well underway with so much learning, fun, and adventure being had! Each of our Farm Camp themes, including "Healthy Hearts, Hooves, and Hocks," "Know and Grow your Food," "Dairy Discovery" and "Horse Camp: Equine Excursion," along with our Barnyard Buddies sessions such as "Farm on Foot" and "Explorers," have offered participants a unique perspective on farm life and functionings, in addition to providing them with unforgettable experiences, memorable agriculture knowledge, and the opportunity to make outstanding new friends. 

Have a camper enrolled in any one of our summer sessions? Interested in Bowers School Farm camps in the future? Take a look at our impressively curated Summer Camp Blog, by visiting ExperienceBowers.com, where you will find daily updates including photos, activity highlights, and a weekly camp video! Parents of current participants will see their camper in action, while parents of prospective campers will gain a well-informed perspective on what Summer Camp at the Bowers School Farm is all about! 

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Congrats to the Bowers 4-H Club on a super successful Fair!

Seventy nine animals were shown by the Bowers 4-H Club at July's Oakland County 4-H Fair! The 31 Bowers exhibitors showed goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, cows, and a llama over the course of the week and a half long fair. The Bowers 4-H exhibitors absolutely reaped the benefits of their hard work by receiving outstanding and impressive results: 
The Bowers 4-H club members left the fair having been awarded with a whopping 56 first place awards, ribbons, and trophies...128 additional awards...and not one, but TWO Grand Championships! WAY TO GO BOWERS 4-H! 

Take a look at the photos below for a synopsis of the fun had and hard work performed by our 4-H members at the 2018 Oakland County Fair. Be sure to congratulate any and all participants (human and animal) should you see them around the farm!

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Inaugural Horse Camp: Equine Excursion

The month of July marked the Bowers School Farm's first ever Horse Camp program! Nine students ranging in age from rising fifth graders, to rising ninth graders, participated in the week-long Equine Excursion curriculum where they learned foundational riding skills in addition to developing their horsemanship by learning the parts, care, history and development of the horse, among other equine topics. Each rider experienced innumerable successes as a budding equestrian throughout the action packed week. Our inaugural Horse Camp roster even earned a trip to see the Equestrian Competition at the 4-H fair on the last day of camp! 

A second Equine Excursion session will be offered from August 6th-10th. Sign-up information can be found by visiting https://register.communitypass.net/BloomfieldHillsSchoolDistrict . After logging in, select the orange "Register or Browse" icon, then "Continue" next to the "Rec Summer Camps 2018." Filter your results to Bowers offerings by checking the box on the left next to "Bowers School Farm" and the "Horse Camps" category will be easy to find. 

Can't join Horse Camp but you still want to horse-around at Bowers? Refer to our Community Horse Program offering which provides year round equestrian opportunities for both child and adult participants. Details can be found at friendsofbowersfarm.org. Interested equestrians are also encouraged to take a look at a recently penned newsletter article on the Community Horse Program for a quick synopsis of it:

www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm/farm-news/farm-news-details/~post/new-community-horse-program-by-friends-of-bowers-farm-20180630

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New Community Horse Program, by Friends of Bowers Farm

The Friends of Bowers Farm (FOF) has launched their inaugural Community Horse Program with a beta trial group for the summer season. This program, two years in the making, replaces the BSF horse leasing program in order to offer much enhanced horsemanship opportunity, instruction, and accessibility for equestrians of wide levels of experience, and for community members generally interested in horses and horsemanship. First time riders, to experienced recreational ones will be accommodated by the various levels of participation available, and by the diverse array of riding and horsemanship instructors supporting the Community Horse program. The program will be open to the public shortly following the beta group's experience. Residents of Bloomfield Hills as well as non-residents are welcome to participate. Interested participants are encouraged to visit https://friendsofbowersfarm.org/ to learn more about the FOF organization and their offerings. Horse Program information can be found under the Programs tab; select "read more" next to the beautiful horse photo under the "Community Horse Program" header. 

 

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CLASS REGISTRATION

LOCATION


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.

Bowers Farm is open daily for visits that are booked in advance. Walk-ins are allowed for designated community events only (see Fall Festival information).

Want to book a visit to the farm? Take a guided tour! Please complete the online form here or call 248.341.6481.

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CONTACTS

Alan Jaros
Farm Educational Leader/MSU Extension Educator
248.341.6480
AJaros@bloomfield.org

Jordan Hewitt
Farm Site Coordinator
weekdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
248.310.9456
JHewitt@bloomfield.org

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

Jackie Doran

Program Coordinator
248.341.6481
JDoran@bloomfield.org

Athletics, Recreation, and
Community Services:

248.433.0885

Farm Guides

  • Kathleen Blust
  • Amy Cardin
  • Michelle Golembieski
  • Aliza Jacobs
  • Jessica Koczynski
  • Corinne Mathis
  • Rajaa Sheena
  • Isabella Tillman