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.

Please look over the descriptions of the field trips we offer, then access the Field Trip Request form and Field Trip Information to schedule your visit!

Link to Parental Permission Form and Link to Program Evaluation Form

Check out Cape Fear Critters by NHCTV to learn more about the creatures who inhabit our area.