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Did you know that North Carolina is home to over 440 bird species?  According to ebird.org, over 350 bird species have been spotted right here in New Hanover County.  Parks & Gardens has two "great birding sites" listed on the NC Birding Trail:  Airlie Gardens and Smith Creek Park.  If you're interested in trying out birding, February is a great time to start!  Airlie Gardens is participating in the 2022 Great Backyard Bird Count by holding two educational workshops:

Friday, February 18:  8-9:30am (for ages 12+)
Learn how to use the Merlin ID app to identify birds and how to use and record information in the eBird app.  

Saturday, February 19:  9-10:30am (for all ages)
Learn how to use binoculars and identify common bird species.  

Both programs include a bird hike around the gardens.  Cost for each day is $9/Adult (13+), $3/Child (4-12), $5/NHC Resident & Military and free for Airlie Members.  Pre-registration is required for all participants at AirlieGardens.org.  



Beginner Tennis for Seniors

In this 4-week series designed for seniors ages 55 and up, participants will learn the basics of tennis.  Classes will be held 10:30-11:30am at Echo Farms Park beginning Wednesday, February 2, 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.

*If you can't make this session, the next series will be held March 9-30.



Environmental Education Programs

Check out this month's environmental education programs at Airlie Gardens.  Advance registration is required for all programs and tickets tend to sell out quickly.  Learn more about the following programs and register at AirlieGardens.org.  

The Birds and the Bees:  Valentine's Trivia Night
Friday, February 11:  5:30-7pm
Bring your valentine and test your knowledge of love in the animal kingdom.  *Program is for adults

Who's Who?  Owl Program
Wednesday, February 16:  5:30-7pm
Learn all about the adaptations of owls and what makes them unique.  *Family friendly

Sustainable Terrariums:  Building an Ecosystem
Saturday, February 26:  10-11:30am
Learn about things we can do to live more sustainably and make your own terrarium.  *Family friendly

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.

February Events

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

Feb 11: 5:30-7pm
Valentine's Nature Trivia Night
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Feb 14: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Craft
Smith Creek Park
FREE/Pre-Registration Required

Feb 16: 5:30-7pm
Who's Who? Owl Program
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Feb 18 & 19
Great Backyard Bird Count
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Feb 26: 10-11:30am
Sustainable Terrariums
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Airlie Gardens Winter Hours

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

*Airlie is closed on Mondays January-February.  There will be no tram service during these months.  

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Feb 16
Location TBD

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations



Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Worker
-Parks Attendant

Learn more about these full- and part-time positions and apply at Parks.NHCgov.com/JoinOurTeam



New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone