By Bill Petzold
MAYVILLE — The Fowler Center has gained statewide recognition for helping kids and adults with disabilities have fun in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Now the camp on Harmon Lake Road in Mayville is inviting the public to visit for its spring and summer programs.
In order to get the word out about the camp’s programs for families, Fowler Center Events Supervisor Farrah Wojcik said the camp has been reaching out to schools and Parent Teacher Organizations. On May 18, the camp hosted students from Mrs. Warden’s third-grade class at Caro’s Schall Elementary. The class was selected because it had the most parent representation at the parent teacher organization meeting.
“The children were very excited to go on the field trip,” Warden said. “We had the opportunity to explore the petting zoo. The children met Eeyore the Donkey, Chaco the Llama (who was rescued), Jack the Bunny, and Miss Piggy. The children enjoyed petting goats and feeding them pieces of apple.
“We went on a scavenger hunt and discovered some sweet smells, saw deer tracks, etc. The students also had the opportunity to roast marshmallows over the camp fire and create S’mores.
“One of the favorite activities my students enjoyed was going on the hayride. One group sang songs while the other group had fun burying themselves in the hay. We had a fantastic time and we would like to extend our thank you to the Fowler Center for giving us the opportunity to learn and have fun.”
Wojcik said the camp is a popular field trip destination for local middle school classes, but the fun doesn’t end once school is out for summer.
The camp has a “Bimoomigo” Weekend planned for June 15-17. “Bimoomigo” is an Ojibwa phrase meaning “ride along on horseback,” and the event will give kids ages 10-13 the opportunity to learn about riding and caring for horses at the camp’s state-of-the-art Equestrian Center.
The weekend of June 29 through July 1, the camp hosts a Family Camp aimed at families with a member who has special needs. Activities include horseback riding, waterfront activities, crafts, sports and games.
Other events include a seminar about wolves in Michigan on Wednesday, July 11 and a Murder Mystery Dinner planned for Saturday, Sept. 8.
And not all Fowler Center events are geared for children. A Senior Social Afternoon is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the camp, and will include coffee and an ice cream sundae bar, as well as a hayride through the camp’s 202 acres of woods and meadows. Cost is $8 per person.
For information or to register, contact the Fowler Center at 989-673-2050 or e-mail Farrah Wojcik at firstname.lastname@example.org.