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Parks & Gardens News
May 2018

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National Kids to Parks Day - Saturday, May 19th

Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors and is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands.  By discovering and exploring our public lands, kids across the country can learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and the history of our country.  In addition, by teaching our kids to appreciate and enjoy our public lands, we can foster future outdoor enthusiasts and create the next generation of park stewards and caretakers of these important places.

Did you know that New Hanover County has 15 county park facilities and 2 park preserves for your family to explore and enjoy free of charge?  Learn all about our locations and amenities at parks.nhcgov.com and get outside and play!

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NEW Online Reservations Site

Do you need to reserve a picnic shelter for a birthday party, family reunion or company outing at the park?  Then check out our new online picnic shelter reservations site!  We've made it easier than ever to log on, make your reservation and pay your fees (any time of day) in the comfort of your own home, without having to call or visit the parks office.  Check it out at parksreservations.nhcgov.com!


National Public Garden Day

National Public Garden Day is a day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. To celebrate, Airlie Gardens will offer free admission for all guests on Friday, May 11th from 9am to 4:30pm!  Last admission will be 4:30pm and the gardens close at 5pm.  Learn more at publicgardens.org.



A Day on the Oleander Express

What could be more fun than riding the Shriners Choo Choo around the beautiful gardens of the NHC Arboretum?  The Ability Garden is inviting families and friends to the Arboretum on Saturday, May 19th from 9am-12pm for a fun-filled day of adventure with interactive and educational stops around the gardens!  Children can get passports stamped as they ride the train between stations with different activities.  Admission is $10/person and children under 2 years are free.  Learn more and purchase tickets at abilitygarden.org.

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Hike NC at Pages Creek Preserve

Mother Nature is calling and we've teamed up with Blue Cross NC to make it easier to answer the call.   We are hosting a guided hike at Pages Creek Park Preserve on Saturday, May 19th at 10am.  The hike is free, family-friendly and open to all ages, stages and levels.  The nature trail at Pages Creek is approximately one mile.  Pre-registration is required.  Learn more and register at gohikenc.com.



Yoga in the Gardens

Join Longwave Yoga at Airlie Gardens for a 4-week series of "Yoga in the Gardens!"  Classes will take place on Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15 & 22nd at 8am in the blissful surroundings of Airlie Gardens.  This class is sure to be fun for beginners and experienced yogis.  Please bring your mat and/or towel.  The drop-in rate is $16/class, and Airlie Members can save $5/class by bringing their membership card and paying on-site.  More Information


Summer Concert Series

Airlie Gardens' Summer Concert Series begins May 18th and runs every 1st and 3rd Friday through September 14th.  Concerts are 6-8pm each scheduled evening and are open to the general public.  Tickets cost just $9 for adults, $2 for children and free for Airlie Members.  General admission tickets must be purchased in advance online or onsite in the Gift Shop.  Get your tickets early- the concerts will sell out!  Concert parking is offsite at the NHC Government Center- 230 Government Center Drive (on the College Road side of the building).  A free shuttle will run continuously from the offsite lot to the Gardens beginning at 5pm.  Learn more and purchase tickets at airliegardens.org.

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


Events Calendar

5/1: 8-9am
Spring Yoga Series
Airlie Gardens
$16/class; $11/Members

5/6:  9am-4:30pm
NHC Residents FREE Day
Airlie Gardens
(last admission- 4:30pm)

5/8: 8-9am
Spring Yoga Series
Airlie Gardens
$16/class; $11/Members

5/9:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
FREE w/garden admission

5/11:  9am-4:30pm
National Public Garden Day
Airlie Gardens
FREE Admission

5/15: 8-9am
Spring Yoga Series
Airlie Gardens
$16/class; $11/Members

5/17:  2-4pm
Educator in the Garden
Airlie Gardens
FREE w/garden admission

5/18:  6-8pm
Summer Concert Series- Signal Fire
Airlie Gardens

5/19:  9am-12pm
Oleander Express
NHC Arboretum
$10/person (free under 2 yrs)

5/19:  10-11am
Hike NC Nature Trail Hike
Pages Creek Park Preserve
Free/Must Pre-register

5/22: 8-9am
Spring Yoga Series
Airlie Gardens
$16/class; $11/Members


Volunteer Opportunities

Thursdays: 9am-12pm
Airlie Gardens

5/16:  10am-12pm
N College Road

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich by email or (910) 798-7629

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Airlie Gardens
Operating Hours:
Open Daily 9am-5pm
Tram Schedule


New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone
(910) 798-7623 weather


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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