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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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