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Parks & Gardens September ENews

Parks & Gardens strives to maintain and operate parks and facilities that enrich the lives of the community and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

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Trash Mob:  Saturday, September 9th 9-11am

The New Hanover County Parks Conservancy is holding its next Trash Mob on  Sat, Sept 9th from 9-11am and we need your help!  No special skills are required and we will provide all the necessary supplies (bags, gloves, safety vests and pickers).  All you need is the willingness and desire to help keep New Hanover County beautiful!  We will park and meet at Parkwood Park- 4827 Canetuck Rd, Wilmington, NC  28411- at 8:45am and pick up trash along Harris Road from 9-11am.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and can participate as an individual or group.  Email us or call (910) 798-7629 for more information or to sign up.


What's Happening at Airlie Gardens?

Summer Art Exhibit- Imagine
If you haven't experienced the vibrant, whimsical display of sculptures by artist, Matthew J. Leavell, then this is your last chance!  The exhibit runs through Sept 30th and is included in regular garden admission.  More Information

New Event Series:  Hops & Talks- Sept 13, 20, 27 & Oct 4
Join Airlie and local breweries this fall for our new 4-week series just for adults (age 21+)!  Each week, we will host an interesting talk, or walk, and feature a local brewery in the gardens.  Topics include butterflies, plants, Airlie's history and the Summer Exhibit, Imagine. Tickets are $10/person and must be purchased in advance.  More Information

Oyster Roast Tickets On Sale Now
Airlie's Annual Oyster Roast is coming up on Fri, Oct 20th from 6-10pm and tickets are on sale now!  Proceeds from this event support Airlie's Environmental Education programs, so get your tickets today before they sell out!  More Information

2018 Summer Art Exhibit- Request for Qualification
Airlie Gardens invites experienced artists or teams of artists qualified to produce or provide a collection of 10-14 large outdoor sculptures to be exhibited throughout the garden from June 30-Sept 30, 2018.  Qualifications must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on Oct 17, 2017.  CIick here for complete details.


Smith Creek Park Preserve

Have you been to the Smith Creek Park Preserve?  The one- mile nature trail is located adjacent to Smith Creek Park at 633 Shenandoah Drive and can be accessed from the paved walking trail around the lake.  Click here to visit the webpage and learn more about the preserve, including the plants and animals that live there.  While visiting the preserve, view these online brochures on your mobile device and see how many animal tracks and native plants you can find:

Animal Tracks of Smith Creek Park Preserve
Native Plants of Smith Creek Park Preserve


    Park Updates

    Earlier this spring, we added lights to the large dog section of the off-leash dog park at Ogden Park.  Now it's the little dogs' turn!  We expect the lighting in the small dog section to be completed by the end of this month.  The lights will remain on until 10pm each night, giving you and your furry friends more time to play outside!  Follow us on facebook for park updates and more!

    TACO week

    Take a Child Outside Week:  Sept 24-30

    Take a Child Outside is a program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors.  Going outside connects children to the natural world, helps kids focus in school and reduces the chance of obesity!  Visit www.parks.nhcgov.com to learn about all our facilities and programs designed to get kids outside.

    September Events

    Every Wednesday:
    Volunteer Opportunity-  Park Beautification at Hugh MacRae Park  10am-12pm

    Every Thursday:
    Volunteer Opportunity- Grounds/Gardening at Airlie Gardens  9am-12pm

    9/1       Airlie Gardens Concert Series- Boba Funk:  6-8pm (free for Airlie Members)

    9/3       NHC Residents FREE Day at Airlie Gardens:  9am-5pm (last admission is 4:30pm)

    9/9       Trash Mob (Volunteer Opportunity):  9-11am

    9/13     Bird Hike at Airlie Gardens:  8-9:30am (free with garden admission)

    9/13     Hops & Talks at Airlie Gardens:  5-7:30pm ($10/person- advance tickets only, for age 21+)

    9/15     Airlie Gardens Concert Series- Jim Quick & Coastline:  6-8pm (free for Airlie Members)

    9/20     Hops & Talks at Airlie Gardens:  5-7:30pm ($10/person- advance tickets only, for age 21+)

    9/21     Educator in the Garden at Airlie Gardens:  2-4pm (free with garden admission)

    9/27     Hops & Talks at Airlie Gardens:  5-7:30pm ($10/person- advance tickets only, for age 21+)

    New Hanover County
    Parks & Gardens
    230 Government Center Drive
    Suite 120
    Wilmington, NC  28403

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