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Parks & Gardens News

February 2021



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tree planting

Volunteer Opportunity- Tree Planting 

The Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, is seeking volunteers to help plant 48 trees on February 27, 2021 from 9-11am.  The NC Urban Forest Council has graciously provided funds to purchase the trees through their Legacy Tree Fund.  The planting will occur simultaneously at the following locations and volunteers will be split between them:

  • 250 Cherokee Trail, Wilmington, NC  28409 (Central New Hanover County)
  • 133 Dunn Place Drive/129 Hearn Drive, Wilmington, NC  28411 (Northern New Hanover County)

Interested volunteers should visit Parks.NHCgov.com and complete the registration form.  Registered volunteers will receive additional information, instructions and a link to an educational workshop by email in mid-February.

*This program will comply with all COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing and mandatory face coverings.

Virtual Programs at Airlie Gardens


Art Explorers
Join Cameron Art Museum on Facebook live February 4th at 10am for a special session of Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens!  We will read "Make Way for Ducklings" and Airlie educators will teach us a fun science lesson about the ducks that live in the gardens.  This program is geared towards infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join in.  More Information


Beginner's Guide to Planting for Pollinators
Learn which plants work best for our climate, the importance of planting native and the basics of seed starting in this virtual program on February 5th from 1-2:30pm.  The cost for this program is $10/person and includes native seeds to help start your planting.  Seeds may be picked up at Airlie Gardens during normal business hours, but are not required to participate in the program.  Pre-registration is required.  This program will be hosted through Zoom, and participants will receive a link and instructions once registered.  More Information


Milkweed Madness
Learn how to build your own mini greenhouse using household items and how to sprout milkweed seeds to increase Monarch habitat.  There are two opportunities to participate in this program:

  • February 12th:  1-2:30pm 
  • February 20th:  10-11:30am

This program will take place via Zoom and pre-registration is required.  The $10 participation fee includes native seeds which may be picked up at Airlie Gardens.  More Information


Yoga for Tennis Players at Echo Farms Park

Did you know that yoga is a great way to improve your tennis game? Yoga increases flexibility, relieves tension and strengthens muscles. Echo Farms Park is partnering with Wilmington Yoga Center to offer a weekly yoga class on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15pm. This class for all levels will connect breath, movement, and mindfulness to build stability and mobility with special focus on strengthening ankles, knees, hips and shoulders.  Each session is $10/person and pre-registration is required.  More Information

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

Feb 4:  10am
Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens
Virtual via Facebook Live

Feb 5:  1-2:30pm
Planting for Pollinators
Virtual via Zoom
Register here

Feb 7:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY
Last admission is 4:30pm

Feb 10:  8-10am
Bird Hike 
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

Feb 12:  1-2:30pm
Milkweed Madness
Virtual via Zoom
Register here

Feb 20:  10-11:30am
Milkweed Madness
Virtual via Zoom
Register here


Airlie Gardens - Winter Hours

Open Tues-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm
Closed Mondays

*Advance tickets are required for admission.  Purchase tickets at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Feb 17
College Road by NHC Government Center

Tree Planting
Sat, Feb 27
Register here

Cape Fear Museum Park
Ongoing Opportunity

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

Coronavirus Information

Outdoor gatherings and activities are limited to 50 people or less.  Face coverings must be worn by all people in parks when they are within 6 feet of others or are indoors.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 for more information.


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

Driving Directions

(910) 798-7620 phone