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 inquiry-based learning and experiential, hands-on activities to teach concepts in wildlife, soil stewardship, water quality and more. Education offerings are diverse and range from curriculum correlated field trips to citizen science and bird hikes.
Local biodiversity needs support and you can help! There are many ways that anyone and everyone can contribute to helping preserve local natural heritage. Scientists rely on the simple observations, measurements or actions of everyday citizens and school children to determine crucial information about wildlife health, the weather, space exploration and more. By participating in a citizen science program, you enable scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than otherwise would be possible. The following citizen science initiatives help local wildlife and ecology:
– NC Oyster Spat Monitoring Program
– NC Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP)
– CarolinaLeps Butterfly Survey Program
– School of Ants from NC State
– Cape Fear River Watch StriperFest
– Monarch Watch
– Firefly Watch
– Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
– Marine Debris Monitoring Program