This year, 6-8 graders have focused on a Service as Action learning opportunity. Teachers worked to weave a service opportunity for students within their IB units of study. For our 6th grade class, this meant creating a garden of native Michigan plants which attract butterflies. With the help of Michelle Golembieski, Bowers Farm guide, and the EHMS Green Team, students had an opportunity to transfer the plants to our front gardens, where they can be watered and cared for during the summer months. Students will expand to a greenhouse learning space next year.
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 96 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.
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 $8/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 $40. If you'd like to schedule an educational program or a one-hour tour, please complete the online form here or call us at 248.341.6475.
Fall Community Event
Every year we host a fun-filled fall community event! Please con the link located at the top left corner that says "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.
Camps are educational and tons of fun! Day camps feature activities in the garden where campers harvest fresh food and prepare delicious snacks. Daily fun also includes caring for the farm animals, exploring the forest, and living life on the farm. Our camps fill quickly so be sure to sign-up early at www.bloomfield.org/recreation.
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. Call 248.341.6475 for more information.
We are happy to host various types of events such as birthday parties, family outings, showers, etc. We have a number of event areas available for rent. We are happy to discuss the integration of wagon rides, bonfires, and farm tours into your event, or help you create a theme for your special day. For more information please call 248.341.6475.
Charles L. Bowers School Farm
1219 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (summer hours will vary)
Bowers Farm is not open daily to the public. We are available for advanced scheduled tours, programs and events.
Want to visit the farm? Take a guided tour! Please complete the online form here or call 248.341.6475.
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Farm Educational Leader/MSU Extension Educator
Assistant Farm Manager
Athletics, Recreation, and
- Nicole Blanzy
- Kathleen Blust
- Amy Cardin
- Michelle Golembieski
- Kayla Hensel
- Joseph Kaczkowski
- Jessica Koczynski
- T.J. Lang
- Rajaa Sheena