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New Hanover County
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park and rec month

July is Park and Recreation Month

Parks are the center of so many experiences and memories.  Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature or our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity.  They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special moments and spots of respite and healing.  The theme for this year's Park and Recreation Month is "Our Park and Recreation Story."  This month we'll be highlighting stories of how our community is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

We'd love to hear your park and recreation story!  Click here to share your story via our website or share it on social media, use the hashtag #OurParkandRecStory and tag us:

Facebook- @NewHanoverCountyParks&Gardens
Twitter- @NHCparks
Instagram- @nhcparksandgardens


It's Owl Good at Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens is hosting its 9th Annual Art Exhibit - It's Owl Good - July 9th-December 31st!  This year's exhibit will feature 10 oversized fiberglass owls decorated by local artists.  The exhibit is included in garden admission and there is a fun scavenger hunt to help you find all of the owls.  More Information


Swim For Life - Free Water Safety & Swim Lessons

Many people in our community do not have the critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe.  The YMCA is working to address this important issue by offering Swim for Life, a FREE water safety and swimming program.  Sessions for preschool (ages 3-4), youth (ages 5-15) and adults (ages 16+) will be held at Echo Farms Park Pool on July 10th and 17th at 9, 10 & 11am.  Pre-registration is required.  Learn more and register at ymcasenc.org.  

Environmental Education


Native Wildlife Exhibit

Airlie Gardens' Native Wildlife Exhibit, located in the Garden Services Center, is a seasonal display with terrariums and an aquarium featuring some of the gardens' native wildlife like snakes, turtles, fish, butterflies, caterpillars and MORE!  Exhibit is included in garden admission.  More Information

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Hummingbird Banding Demonstration

The NC Hummingbird Research Program, a nonprofit dedicated to the study and preservation of hummingbirds, is partnering with Airlie Gardens on July 6th to demonstrate the process of banding - a critical component of hummingbird research.  In this workshop, you will learn about hummingbirds, the banding process, research gained to-date and how to care for hummingbirds on your own property.  Cost is $5/person and pre-registration is required.  Learn more and register at AirlieGardens.org.  

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Food Truck Rodeo - Aug 15th

Save the date for the New Hanover County Parks Conservancy Food Truck Rodeo at Ogden Park!  The event will take place on Sunday, August 15th from 12-5pm.  All your favorite food trucks will be there along with live music!  There is no cost to attend the event - just bring money to purchase your food and beverages.  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

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

July 6:  8:30, 9:30 & 10:30am
Hummingbird Banding Demonstration
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 10:  9, 10 & 11am
Swim for Life- Free Water Safety & Swim Lessons
Echo Farms Park
Pre-registration required

July 14:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens

July 17:  9, 10 & 11am
Swim for Life- Free Water Safety & Swim Lessons
Echo Farms Park
Pre-registration required

July 20:  2pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 21: 8-9:30 am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only


Airlie Gardens

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

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

*Airlie will be closed to the public on Friday, July 30th for a private event

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, July 21
Location TBD

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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

Driving Directions

(910) 798-7620 phone