NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
August 2019



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Join the Trash Mob

Are you TIRED of TRASH?  Then join the TRASH MOB!  The Trash Mob was created by the NHC Parks Conservancy as a fun way to volunteer and help keep the streets of New Hanover County clean by picking up litter.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month to pick up trash from 10-11:30am.  Locations vary each month, depending on where the trash is.  Email jorich@nhcgov.com to add your name to the list to receive location information.  The Trash Mob also meets on the second Saturday of January, March, June and September at Parkwood Park to pick up trash from 9-11am along our "adopted" highway Harris Road.  We provide all the supplies (trash bags, gloves, safety vests and pickers).  All you have to do is show up and pick up trash.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and can volunteer as an individual or group.  More Information

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Park Rx

Did you know that reducing the risk of chronic disease while increasing health and happiness can be as easy as spending time in your favorite park?  Numerous studies have shown a correlation between time spent outdoors in nature and improved physical and mental health.  Park Rx is a program that partners health and social service providers with local parks to encourage people to spend more time outdoors in nature to improve their health and well-being.  Learn more about the Park Rx program, the many exercise opportunities in your county parks, and how you can get involved at Parks.NHCgov.com/Park-Prescriptions.  


Family Fun Night

Thank you to everyone who participated in Family Fun Night at Airlie Gardens this year!  Thanks to all of you, the event was a huge success!  Reilly sure had a good time hanging out with all his friends!  Click here to view photos from the event



Sat, August 17 is International Geocaching Day!  Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that uses handheld GPS-enabled devices (like your smartphone) to find geocaches (containers) hidden in different locations.  There are currently over 50 geocaches hidden in New Hanover County's parks.  Learn more about geocaching and the NHC Parks & Garden Geo-Challenge at Parks.NHCgov.com/programs.

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

8/2:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Massive Grass
Airlie Gardens
Free for Members
$10/Adults; $3/Children
*Advance tickets only


8/4:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm


8/6, 13, 20 & 27:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


8/14:  8-9:30am
Bird HIke
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


8/16:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Bibis Ellison
Airlie Gardens
Free for Members
$10/Adults; $3/Children
*Advance tickets only


8/17:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens

Trash Mob
8/21:  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



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