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New Hanover County
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Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore your county parks and gardens!  There's lots to explore on your own, or you can participate in the following programs and activities:



Nature Discovery Kits

Explore Airlie Gardens in a new way by checking out one of our Nature Discovery Kits!  The kits contain activities and books to help you learn about Airlie Gardens and all the beautiful plants and animals that live there.  Topics include nature journaling, birds, plants, pollination and animal adaptations.  Kits are recommended for elementary-age children, but anyone is welcome to check them out.  Check out is free - just leave a drivers license or set of keys with the ticket agent.  More Information



Airlie Gardens Evening Programs

Experience Airlie Gardens after hours with these cool new evening educational programs:

Owl Prowl & Birding Evening
Tues, Oct 11 or Wed, Oct 26

Airlie After Dark
Fri. Oct 28

These programs are recommended for ages 8+, and cost $5/Adults (13+), $3/Children (8-12) and half off for Airlie Members.  Pre-registration is required at AirlieGardens.org.


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"Fall" Back into Tennis at Echo Farms Park

Round Robins
Echo Farms' Round Robins are back on the Fall schedule with men's, women's, co-ed and beginner sessions.  Groups are based on skill level, and each 1.5-hour session costs $3/person.  View the schedule and register at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com.

Intro to Tennis for Seniors
Learn the basic skills of tennis in a clinic designed for seniors new to the game or rediscovering the sport.  All equipment is provided and there is no fee to attend.  This 4-week session begins October 10 at 11am.  Space is limited - Call (910) 798-6450 to learn more and register.



Echo Farms Pool Survey

Thank you to everyone who came out to swim with us this summer and made it such a great pool season!  Please take a few moments to take our survey and let us know about your experience.  Click here to take the survey



Save the Date

The next New Hanover County Parks Conservancy Food Truck Rodeo is scheduled for Sunday, November 13 from 12-5pm at Long Leaf Park!  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.

October Events

Oct 1: 9:30-10:30am
Nature Walk
Smith Creek Park
Pre-registration recommended

Oct 2: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Oct 7: 1-2pm
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 8:  1-3pm
Take Part in Nature Art
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 11, 26: 6-7:30pm
Owl Prowl & Evening Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 12: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only


Oct 13, 27:  2-3pm
Pollinator Garden Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 15: 9-10:30am
Beginner Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 15: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 28: 6-7:30pm
Airlie After Dark
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Oct 31:  10am-12pm
Homeschool Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Airlie Gardens

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

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Oct 19
Location TBD

Learn more at


Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Worker

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



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone