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February 2024

February is for Love. . .
Especially for Bird Enthusiasts

February is a great time to get out and explore the world of birds. Whether you are a novice or experienced birder, we have something for you!

Great Backyard Bird Count

On Sunday, February 18th, you can take part in a global citizen science project initiated by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada to help scientists learn more about global bird populations before their annual migration. We will be going over how to use and record information in the eBird App and website as well as the Merlin ID App for identifying birds. We will then go on a bird hike and submit our data to the project!  This program is geared towards adults or children 12 years of age or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will run from 9am-11:00am. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register here: Great Backyard Bird Count


Bird Walk

Enjoy a stroll around the grounds without the crowds while we see what’s flying! While attending the bird walk, you will look for resident and migrating birds and learn basic birding skills! No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Binoculars are available on a first come first serve basis. Recommended for ages 12 and up. The program is held outdoors. This program will be held on February 14th from 8:00am-9:30am. Register here: Bird Walk

Want to Know What Kind of Birds Frequent Airlie?

  There are lots of birds that can be found at Airlie Gardens throughout the year. To see what birds have been spotted, visit our HotSpot on EBIRD.ORG.

February Birding

The Spotlight is on...

Northern Regional Park

  Located in the northern end of the county at 4700 Old Avenue, Castle Hayne, Northern Regional Park has 2 picnic shelters, a playground and basketball court, 1.7-mile asphalt trail, 2 restrooms, football/soccer fields, baseball field, disc golf course and pickleball courts. There are 2 entrances to the park, one on Castle Hayne Road and the other off of Parmele Road. Design plans are underway for 2 additional multi-purpose fields, pump track, parking lot & roadway improvements! 

  If you have not yet visited Northern Regional Park, you should make plans to stop by. For more information, please visit our website: Northern Regional Park.


New Airlie Art Exhibit Loading...

A new art exhibit will be showcased at Airlie in the coming months! "Bee" on the lookout for 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.

Airlie Gardens

Winter Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday, 9-5pm

Purchase tickets for Airlie Gardens in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

February Programs

* Advance Tickets Only
for all programs *

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

Feb 8: 8am-9:30am
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens

Feb 13: 6pm-7:30pm
Valentine's Trivia Night
Airlie Garden

Feb 17: 10am-4pm (Day 1)
FrogWatch USA Training
Airlie Gardens

Feb 18: 1pm-4pm (Day 2)
FrogWatch USA Training
Airlie Gardens

Feb 21: 10am-4pm (Day 1)
FrogWatch USA Training
Airlie Gardens

Feb 22: 1pm-4pm (Day 2)
FrogWatch USA Training
Airlie Gardens


Let There Be Lights!

  LED lights are currently being installed at the Northern Regional Park  pickleball courts. While the lights are being installed, the courts are closed during the week but open on the weekend. The anticipated completion date is Monday, February 5. (Dependent on weather and contractor schedule.)


New Playground Open at Ogden Park

The new playground at Ogden Park has been completed and it is officially open!


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone