Few places in the Cape Fear region capture as much natural beauty and ecological diversity as the 67-acres which define Airlie Gardens. Freshwater ponds, salt marsh shorelines, magnolia forests, acres of flowers and open fields are just some of the varied habitats found on the grounds. This dynamic environment provides natural outdoor learning space and ample opportunities for place-based educational programming.

Airlie’s Environmental Education (EE) Program provides year-round cultural and environmental learning opportunities for both youth and adults. The EE Program uses inquiry-based learning and experiential, hands-on activities to teach concepts in horticulture, wildlife, soil stewardship, water quality, sustainable development, citizen science, history and more. Education offerings are diverse and range from curriculum correlated field trips to summer camps, citizen science and bird hikes.

Check out Cape Fear Critters by NHCTV to learn more about the creatures who inhabit our area- plus, it’s hosted by our very own Matt Collogan!