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North Carolina Arbor Day

Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on the last Friday of April, however, most states observe a state Arbor Day depending on the best times for planting trees in their state.  This year, NC Arbor Day will be celebrated on March 18.  Here are some things you can do to celebrate NC Arbor Day: 

  • Plant a tree!
  • Get outside and spend some time in nature.
  • Learn about tree identification.
  • Give trees a clean place to grow by picking up litter.    
  • Attend one of the following events:

Tree Giveaway at Legion Stadium
Saturday, March 12 from 9am-12pm
(or until trees run out)
The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees will be giving out over 2000 free trees.  More Information

Tree Walk at Airlie Gardens
Wednesday, March 16 from 1-2:30pm
Cost:  $9/Adults, $5/NHC Residents & Military, $3/Child (age 4-12) and Free for Airlie Members
Slow-paced walk around Airlie Gardens to explore our early spring blooms and beautiful trees.  Pre-registration is required at AirlieGardens.org.

Naturalist Walk at Pages Creek Park Preserve
Saturday, March 19 from 9:30-10:30am
Free Program
Guided walk around Pages Creek Park Preserve to learn about the local flora and fauna.  Pre-registration is required at Parks.NHCgov.com.



Call for Artists

Airlie Gardens is now accepting artist applications for the 2022 Art Exhibit Hoppy Times!  Artists, or teams of artists, are invited to submit original designs to decorate, paint and/or adorn one of ten 4.5-foot-tall fiberglass rabbit sculptures.  Visit AirlieGardens.org to learn more and submit your application by the March 15, 2022 deadline.  


new tram

Accessible Bird Outing

Birding is fun for everyone!  Join us for a guided tram ride around Airlie Gardens to explore our bird hotspots on March 15 at 8am.  This program is ideal for birders of any experience level who may not have the mobility to walk for extended periods of time.  Learn more and register at AirlieGardens.org.



Tennis Clinics

Senior Beginner Tennis
The next 4-week beginner clinic for seniors, ages 55 and up, will take place at Echo Farms Park March 9-30 from 10:30-11:30am.  Contact kmorgan@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-6403 for more information and to register.

Try Tennis
In this program, for adults who have never played tennis before, participants will learn the basic skills necessary to play a beginner match.  The $40 registration fee covers the six-week class, beginner adult tennis racket and Try Tennis towel.  The upcoming session at Ogden Park will take place on Mondays 11am-12pm from March 14 - April 18.  Click here to register
*This program is being held by our partner- Greater Wilmington Tennis Association



Homeschool Day at Airlie Gardens

Join us on Friday, March 11 from 10am-12pm for hands-on, standard-based educational programs just for homeschool students!  This program is suitable for ages 4-13 with parent or guardian participation.  Cost is $3/child and free for parent or guardian.  Pre-registration is required 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.

March Events

Mar 4: 1-2:30pm
Milkweed Madness (ages 13+)
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Mar 5: 10-11:30am
Milkweed Madness (all ages)
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

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

Mar 9 & 23: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Mar 11: 10am-12pm
Homeschool Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Mar 15: 8-9:30am
Accessible Bird Outing
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Mar 15: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Craft
Smith Creek Park
FREE/Pre-Registration required

Mar 16: 1-2:30pm
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Mar 19: 9:30-10:30am
Naturalist Walk
Pages Creek Park Preserve
FREE/Pre-registration required

Mar 30: 10:30-11:30am
Naturalist Walk
Long Leaf Park
FREE/Pre-registration required

Airlie Gardens

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

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Sat, Mar 12
Meet at Parkwood Park

Wed, Mar 16
Location TBD

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations



Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Worker
-Parks Attendant
-Trades Specialist (Electrician)
-Trades Supervisor

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