Beginner Birding

Fly Over to Airlie

There’s no better place to learn how to bird! Airlie Gardens is home to over 200 plus species of birds. We will go over basic birding skills, ID tricks, and proper binocular use! We’ll focus on the diverse habitats of some of our most common birds in the gardens. If you have binoculars, feel free to bring them along. We have limited pairs for check out.

This program will be held outdoors. In the event of rain, we will cancel. Pre-registration is required. 

  • When? Saturday, August 20th, 9:00-10:30am.  Please check-in at the front desk upon arrival.
  • Cost? $9 Adults, $5 New Hanover County Residents or Military (with ID), $3 Children ages 4-12, FREE for Airlie Members( Pre-registration is required)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Reserve Tickets

Membership Benefits

All membership levels include complimentary admission. Members must reserve their complimentary ticket(s) in advance. Please SIGN IN to your online member account to redeem benefits.

Individual Members | Admission for 1 adult.

Family Members | Admission for 2 adults and accompanying children under 18.

Camellia, Magnolia & Azalea Members | Admission for 2 adults and accompanying children under 18.


Reserve Tickets

Yes. You’ll be with our environmental educators

Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. We have a limited number of binoculars available for check-out.

To see what has been spotted, check out Airlie’s HotSpot on, a free, easy-to-use, citizen science observation database.

Recommended age is 12+. Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.