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Parks & Gardens News
June 2019


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The Butterfly House at Airlie Gardens

The butterfly house is open for the season!  The 2,700-square foot butterfly house is home to butterflies native to North Carolina.  The number and kinds of butterflies you may see is dependent on the time of year, amount of sunshine available, temperature changes, and ecosystem stability.  Some of the species you may see include Giant Swallowtail, Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, Red Admiral, and more!  Admission to the butterfly house is included in garden admission.

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Butterfly Releases

Airlie's educators will hold a butterfly release every Tuesday, June 11-Sept 3, from 2-3pm in the butterfly house.  The program will begin with information on butterfly life cycles and the types of butterflies that are in the house that week.  Afterwards, butterflies will be released into the butterfly house.  In case of rain, the program will take place in the classroom, and guests will still be able to observe butterflies.  This program is FREE for Airlie members and included with garden admission for all others.  More Information

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Online Shelter Reservations

Did you know that you can make and pay for your shelter reservations online?  Our online reservations system is available 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, and you get immediate confirmation of your reservation.  That means you can reserve a shelter for your birthday or graduation party, family reunion, church picnic or business social without having to visit the parks office or wait for a call back.  Visit the reservations site at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com and make your reservation today!  *Please note- large special events and walk-a-thons cannot be made online


4-H Summer Camps

New Hanover County 4-H has partnered with several county agencies and businesses to provide seven weeks of summer camp at different locations throughout the county.  Visit newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu for camp descriptions, dates, and registration information.  Please note that "Farm to Fork Camp" for ages 9-12, and "Sew What?" sessions are FULL, but there are plenty of other fun camps to choose from.


Save the Date for Family Fun Night- July 27

Family Fun Night at Airlie Gardens will take place on Saturday, July 27 from 5-8pm!  This is a special after hours event where both young and young at heart will enjoy an evening filled with games, crafts, face painting, nature activities, educational booths, meet & greet with Reilly the Goose Dog, food trucks, live music by Mr. Mark and MORE!  For more information visit AirlieGardens.org.

New Hanover County 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

6/2:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm


6/12:  8-9:30am
Bird HIke
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


6/7:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Jim Quick & Coastline
Airlie Gardens
$10/Adults; $3/Children
Free for Members


6/11 & 18: 2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


6/20:  6-9pm
Bubbles & Blooms
$10/person; Age 10 & under free


6/21:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Dung Beatles
Airlie Gardens
$10/Adults; $3/Children
Free for Members


6/25:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens


Trash Mob
6/8:  9-11am
Parkwood Park

6/19:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich at jorich@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-7629

Airlie Gardens

Open Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

Visit the online calendar for the Tram Schedule or call (910) 798-7700.

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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