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Food Truck Rodeo

Are you ready for a Food Truck Rodeo?  Join the NHC Parks Conservancy on Sunday, October 31 from 12-5pm at Long Leaf Park for some good food and live music!  There will be a variety of food and beverages, and Boba Funk will be there playing your favorite tunes!  The event is free to attend -  just bring money to purchase your food and beverages.  Most trucks take cash and credit cards.  All proceeds from this event benefit New Hanover County's parks.  Learn more at NHCParksConservancy.org.



New Echo Farms Park Tennis Programs

Echo Farms has some NEW beginner tennis programs starting up this month!  

Beginner Tennis for Seniors
In this 4-week series, participants will learn the basics of tennis in a series designed for seniors age 55 and up.  Classes will be held 10:30-11:30am at Echo Farms Park beginning Wednesday, October 20, and all equipment is provided.  Participants must be available to attend all four sessions.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required.  Contact kmorgan@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-6403 for more information and to register.    

Beginner Round Robins
Round Robins are organized groups of players, predominantly doubles, that rotate players with different partners to create a more social environment.  Sessions are grouped by skill level and this new group is just for beginners.  The only requirement is that players know how to serve and keep score.  This weekly program takes place Thursdays 6:30-8pm beginning October 21.  Cost is just $3/person and pre-registration is required.  Contact skight@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-7730 to learn more and register.  



Tree Walk

As part of the annual Fire in the Pines Festival, Parks & Gardens educators will host a guided Tree Walk at Smith Creek Park on Wednesday, October 6 from 3-4pm.  Participants will learn all about the park’s native flora and fauna and how pine habitats thrive, while enjoying a beautiful walk around the park.  This program is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  More Information



Library Storytime & Crafts at Smith Creek Park

Join Mrs. Jamie from NHC Public Library at Smith Creek Park for stories, music and crafts on October 13 and 27 from 3:30-4pm:

  • October 13:  Fall Stories
  • October 27:  Not-so-scary Halloween Stories

This program is for children ages 8 and younger.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required.  More Information



Environmental Education Programs

Airlie Gardens has some fun educational programs coming up this month including:

  • Oct 17- Take Part in Nature Art
  • Oct 25- Bird Hike
  • Oct 28- Going Batty
  • Oct 29- Hops & Talks

Pre-registration is required and these programs are likely to sell out so learn more and get your tickets today at AirlieGardens.org.



Airlie Gardens Live Oak Sale

You can own a piece of history!  Purchase a tree propagated from one of Airlie's Live Oaks, by Penderlea Farms, and support the Airlie Oak Fund which helps preserve and care for specimen trees throughout the gardens. Three-gallon trees are $40/each and will be available to purchase online only October 25-29 (or until trees run out).  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

Oct 3:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Oct 6:  3-4pm
Tree Walk
Smith Creek Park
Free/Pre-Registration Required

Oct 13 & 27: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Crafts
Smith Creek Park
Free/Pre-Registration Required

Oct 17:  1-3pm
Take Part in Nature Art
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10:
Beginner Senior Tennis
Echo Farms Park
Free/Pre-Registration required

Oct 25-29
Live Oak Sale
Airlie Gardens (online)

Oct 25:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 28:  5-6:30pm
Going Batty
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 29:  6-8pm
Hops & Talks
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 31: 12-5pm
Food Truck Rodeo
Long Leaf Park


Airlie Gardens

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Oct 20
Middle Sound Loop Rd

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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone