What We Teach

Environmental Stewardship

  • Natural History
    • Tree Identification (multi-season)
    • Animal Characteristics (track identification, bird identification, pollinator behavior)
    • Native and Non-native (invasive) Species (identifying, ecosystem function, history)
  • Ecology
    • Organism Interaction (succession, symbioses, food chains)
    • Types of Habitats

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Organic Produce and Flower Farming
    • Chemical Free Pest and Weed Treatment
    • Natural Soil Amendments
    • Cover Cropping
    • Composting
    • Harvesting and Processing Vegetables and Cut-flowers
  • Three Season Agriculture
    • Growing in a Greenhouse
    • Knowing When, Where, and What to Grow
  • Native Pollinators

Workshops

  • Flower Arranging
  • Mycology
  • Tree Identification
  • Natural History of North Carolina Flora and Fauna
  • Cover Cropping Basics
  • Seasonal Gardening

Interested in a lesson topic not listed above? Contact us with your ideas today! 

NC Standard Course of Study-Aligned Curriculum

First Grade Lessons:

  • Soil: Introduction to Soil Types and Properties
  • Plant and Animal Features: Survival Needs
  • Habitats and Environments: 
    • Overview of Types
    • North Carolina Focus
  • Forest Ecosystems: Cycles

Third Grade Lessons:

  • Weather: Patterns and Tools for Measuring
  • Soil: Components, Properties, and Plants
  • Land and Water Features: 
    • General Overview
    • NC Specific
  • Plants: Lifecycle of a Seed Plant

Fourth Grade Lessons:

  • Sense of Place: Local North Carolina History

Fifth Grade Lessons

  • Ecosystems: 
    • Types and Overview
    • Organism Function 
  • Agriculture: Suitability of Environment for Agriculture

Testimonials

"Margie and Bill Imus are great hosts - whether it's a small group OF 50 first graders! Experiential learning at it's best! Advocates of nature, conservation, preservation, education while sharing their beautiful farm and nature preserve."


- Carolyn S., Elementary School Teacher



"Educational. Relaxing. Inviting. Lovely setting with plenty of woods & stream with a 'fernery'! Bill & Margie have developed a perfect Nature Preserve worth the time and drive to experience! Many thanks for sharing with Forsyth Master Gardeners today on our Field Trip."


- Rita D., Master Gardener



"Our home school group visited here last week and we loved it! Margie and Bill are so hospitable and they inspired us with their passion for nature and growing organic food. We all learned a lot from them and their beautiful farm. It was wonderful spending the day out in the fresh air with the children. A real special place. I look forward to going back!"


- Misty O., Home School Leader



"The relationship built with the students, and the culmination of the visits to Minglewood throughout the year, have been just an awesome experience."


- Cara B., Elementary School Teacher