Spending time in the outdoors has been linked to better performance in the classroom, encouraging a stronger connection to nature that can last a lifetime!
- Earth Keepers
Aldo Leopold, 1949
Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve is an outdoor learning center in Westfield, North Carolina, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our mission is to be a resource for outdoor learning, to educate students and the surrounding communities about sustainable food production and proper environmental stewardship. We are an outdoor learning center for children and adults of all ages. The preserve offers a place to reconnect with nature, while also experiencing the great biodiversity of our region in the native forest and meadows.
Action is needed at this crucial time to help bring awareness to our rapidly disappearing North Carolina farmlands, forests and threatened native species. We are happy to operate the preserve at such a critical time and to have the opportunity to share Minglewood with the local school systems and surrounding communities.
We are available to make presentations to groups to share our story and history, to describe the mission and programs that Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve is offering. You can reach us through our contact page here on the website.
We invite you to visit Minglewood, to walk our fields and trails and learn from all that nature has to offer. Call or email us to make plans for your visit!
Please become a member today. Your membership helps us continue our mission to provide a resource for learning in the natural world. You will receive discounts on Day Camps and may earn seats to our Sunday Suppers and more when you become a member. We cannot do this without your help. Please join Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve today.
Minglewood has been keeping very busy with numerous groups and clubs visiting us throughout this sometimes very wet or very dry and seemed like always hot summer! It made for a challenge growing certain vegetables, especially tomatoes. But on the other hand butternut squash, watermelons and other produce and flowers did well. We continue to grow produce for meals here on the preserve, occasional restaurants and donating to outreach kitchens in Forsyth and Surry Counties. We had The Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Garden Club up for a visit again this summer. We are happy to announce we are now forming a formal partnership with this great group of kids and The Salvation Army! Read more about this partnership on our News page.
In other news we are very proud to say we have more than doubled the number of guests that we had visit by this time last year! The word is getting out about Minglewood and all the opportunities for learning in the outdoors. Fall and winter are unique and fasinating times of year to visit the preserve. These seasons offer another whole aspect of learning in the outdoors from identiying and measuring trees to looking for life in the winter forest, to planning, helping and preparing for spring planting and farming. Those late winter months are a great time to talk about germination and what it takes to get your seeds and garden growing. We are happy to visit your school, assisting in your garden or classroom.
There is much more news so check our News, Camps and Workshop pages for further updates!