NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

New Hanover County
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Read Across New Hanover County

Read across the County is a summer program celebrating families, diversity and our county's unique outdoor environment!  The program aspires to bring people of different backgrounds and ages together for a community-wide summer of reading, and encourages individuals and families to get outside in nature for new experiences, and to celebrate the diversity within our community. 

Read across the County will run from June through August and offers citizens the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and discussions tied to three books that illustrate the power of nature and relationships.  More Information


NHC Residents Free Day

Airlie Gardens offers free admission to New Hanover County residents on the first Sunday of every month! Tickets must be reserved in advance, and remember to show a valid ID at check-in.  Find more information on NHC Free Day at Airlie Gardens here.

Environmental Education

Butterfly House

Butterfly Release
Starting June 8th, join Airlie Garden's Environmental Educators for a butterfly release inside the butterfly house! Learn about all things butterflies, including life cycles and butterfly types. Butterflies will be released every Tuesday at 2pm and pre-registration is required.  All June Butterfly Releases are SOLD OUT, but there are still spots left for July, August and September so reserve your tickets today at  https://airliegardens.org/events/butterfly-releases/.


Pollinator Week
June 21 - June 27 is National Pollinator Week! Visit Airlie Gardens this week to learn how to attract pollinators all year round, and what you can do to support your local pollinators!  Find more information at  https://airliegardens.org/pollinator-garden/

Long Leaf

International Picnic Day

Did you know that June 18th is International Picnic Day? This is a perfect time to enjoy good food and good company at one of New Hanover County's parks! You can reserve a picnic shelter at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com, or throw out a blanket! Many of our parks, such as Long Leaf or Ogden, have many shady areas to choose from.  Don't forget to snap a picture and tag using the hashtag #NHCPicnicDay!


Echo Farms Pool

New Hanover County is collaborating with the YMCA to open and manage a public pool at Echo Farms Park!  The pool will open soon for citizens to enjoy family and lap swim, as well as water aerobics!  Admission is free for YMCA members, and $3 for adults or $1 for children for non-members.  Click here to learn more or make pool reservations


Snows Cut Park 

Snows Cut Park will close permanently on June 30, 2021 due to shoreline erosion and safety concerns.  Snows Cut Park users are encouraged to visit nearby River Road Park, located just a few miles away at 6500 River Rd.  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

June 6:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
*Last admission is 4:30pm
Advance tickets only

June 8, 15, 22, 29:  2pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens

June 9:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens

June 16: 8-9:30 am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens


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
Sat, June 12
Parkwood Park

Wed, June 16
Location TBD

Learn more at


COVID-19 Updates

Face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated people in New Hanover County's parks and gardens facilities.  Capacity, gathering and social distancing limits have been lifted for public spaces.

*Face coverings are encouraged for unvaccinated people inside county facilities.  



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

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(910) 798-7620 phone