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New Hanover County
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Splashpad at Long Leaf Park Opens April 1st

April is here and it is officially splashpad season!  The splashpad at Long Leaf Park is scheduled to open on Thursday, April 1 and will be open daily 9am-sunset through October.  The splashpad has a water wheelchair available for use by children whose mobility devices cannot tolerate moisture.  Contact the parks office at (910) 798-7620 to arrange for wheelchair use.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com to learn more about the splashpad and get some tips on how to keep the splashpad and our kids safe and healthy this season.


Plant an Azalea Week

The first week in April is Plant an Azalea Week. This week celebrates the importance of the azalea to our community and encourages residents to plant azaleas.  The Cape Fear Garden Club will kick off the week on Thursday, April 1 by planting more than 70 azaleas at Airlie Gardens.  You can help plant azaleas in New Hanover County's parks and gardens by donating to the Plant an Azalea program.  For every $15 donation, Parks & Gardens will plant an azalea and you will receive a beautiful greeting card to keep or give to a loved one.  More Information


Yoga at Airlie Gardens

Airlie is excited to welcome Longwave Yoga back to the gardens for two special yoga events:

Earth Day Yoga
Thursday, April 22 from 6-7pm
Cost:  $16/person or $11/Airlie Gardens Member

Yoga in the Gardens 5-Week Series
Thursdays, April 29-May 27 from 6-7pm
Cost:  $16/class, $67/entire series, $11/class for Airlie Members

Both events are for all skill levels- beginners to experienced yogis, and include a walking meditation of the gardens after each class.  Learn more and register at AirlieGardens.org.  

Environmental Education Programs


Virtual Art Explorers
Let's talk about snakes!  Join Cameron Art Museum and Airlie Gardens on Facebook LIVE Thursday, April 1 at 10am for story time, a lesson about local snakes and cool art project!  This program will be virtual via Facebook.  


Bird Hikes
This month, Airlie Gardens will hold its regularly scheduled Bird Hike on Wednesday, April 14 and a special Earth Day Bird Hike on Thursday, April 22.  Both hikes will take place 8-9:30am. *Advance tickets are required.  Learn more and purchase your tickets at AirlieGardens.org.


Virtual Pollinator Palooza
Learn all about the important role pollinators play in nature and our food supply, the threats they face, how you can protect them, and how conservation creates healthy pollinator populations in this virtual event on Saturday, April 17 from 10-11am.  This program will be livestreamed on NC Coastal Land Trust's Facebook page.  

Airlie Oak

Tree Walk at Airlie Gardens
Join our educators on Friday, April 30 from 1-2:30pm for a walk through the gardens to learn about the various tree species.  Highlights will include both native and introduced species and the history of the gardens and its planting. *Advance tickets are required.  Learn more and purchase your tickets at 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

April 1:  10am
Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens
Virtual via Facebook

April 14:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike 
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

April 17:  10-11am
Pollinator Palooza!
Virtual via Facebook

April 22:  8-9:30am
Earth Day Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

April 22:  6-7pm
Earth Day Yoga
Airlie Gardens
Register here

April 29:  6-7pm
Yoga in the Gardens
Airlie Gardens
Register here

April 30:  1-2:30pm
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY


Airlie Gardens

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, April 21
Location TBD

Learn more at



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Coronavirus Information

Outdoor gatherings and activities are limited to 100 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