NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News

July 2020



Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.


July is National Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance parks and recreation has in health and well-being, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

This month, we'll be celebrating by highlighting the people who make sure our parks and programs are well-maintained, safe, inclusive and welcoming.  Follow us on Facebook or visit Parks.NHCgov.com to "meet" some of these awesome staff who are providing essential services and making New Hanover County a better place to live, work and play.  If you would like to share a personal story about how our county parks and/or staff has impacted you, please email jorich@nhcgov.com.

New Address

Parks & Gardens Administrative Office- New Address

Our administrative office has moved.  We are no longer located in the New Hanover County Government Center.  Our new address is 896 Airlie Road, at the corner of Airlie Rd and Spring Garden Dr.  Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Don't forget!  Picnic shelter reservations can be made and paid for online at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com on your computer or mobile phone from the convenience of home.

Airlie logo

Airlie Gardens Updates

The Butterfly House and Native Wildlife Exhibit are now OPEN! 

Airlie's Butterfly House is a 2,700-square foot open-air structure that houses native North Carolina butterflies like the Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, Common Buckeye, Black Swallowtail and more!   


The Native Wildlife Exhibit is located inside the classroom in the Garden Services Center.  This seasonal display is filled with terrariums and an aquarium featuring some of the gardens' native wildlife.  You can learn about snakes, turtles, fish, butterflies, caterpillars and more!

Bottle House

New Hanover County Residents FREE Day is Sunday, July 5th!  Hours are 9am-4:30pm, with the last admission at 4pm.  NHC residents, employees and students are admitted free of charge, but all tickets must be reserved in advance.  Please be prepared to show valid ID or other proof of residency upon arrival.  Visit AirlieGardens.org for more information and to reserve your tickets.  


Are you practicing the 3 W's while using parks and gardens?  

In line with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 147, New Hanover County has implemented a face coverings policy for county employees and the public.  Citizens are requested to wear a face covering while inside any county building or at any of the county’s outdoor facilities (like Airlie Gardens, the Arboretum, and county parks) when they are within six feet of others, except when strenuously exercising. Disposable face masks will be available to citizens inside county buildings, if needed, but customers will not be turned away or refused service if they do not wear a mask.  For your safety, county employees who are within six feet of someone are required to wear a face covering unless they qualify for an exemption outlined in the executive order. 

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

July 5:  9am-4:30pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY
Last admission is 4pm

July 8:  8am
Birding Morning (self-guided)
Airlie Gardens
FREE w/ garden admission


Coronavirus Information & Resources

New Hanover County's parks and gardens are open with some restrictions.  Playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed at this time, and gatherings and activities are limited to 25 people or less.  Face coverings should be worn within 6 feet of others, except when strenuously exercising.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 for more information.

New Hanover County Coronavirus Information HEALTH.NHCGOV.com

COVID-19 Expanded Testing Information

New Hanover County Disaster Coalition - COVID-19 Community Resources


Volunteer Opportunities

Visit NHCParksConservancy.org to learn about our Volunteer Opportunities.



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

Driving Directions

(910) 798-7620 phone