Public Programs

Virtual Program: Beginner’s Guide to Planting for Pollinators

February 5th, 1:00 PM

Join Airlie Gardens Environmental Educators for an introduction on planting for pollinators. Learn what you can do help attract pollinators to your yard while also providing excellent habitat for other wildlife.

Free native seeds are provided for pick up, but not required for participation.

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Virtual Program: Milkweed Madness

February 12th, 1:00 PM & February 20th, 10:00 AM

Join Airlie Gardens Environmental Educators for an introduction on building your own mini greenhouse with house hold items! Start seeds for your backyard and increase habitat for the monarch butterfly! Learn the plight of the monarch and how you can help!

Free native seeds are provided for pick up, but not required for participation.

February 12th February 20th

Airlie Gardens Tree Walk

March 16th, 1:00 PM

Join Airlie Gardens educators on a walk through the grounds to learn about the various tree species throughout the garden! Highlights will include both native and introduced species and the history of the grounds and its plantings.

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Nature Discovery Kits

Pick up Anytime

Grab a Nature Discovery Kit and explore the gardens in a new way! You can now check out our nature discovery kits with activities and books to help you learn a little more about Airlie Gardens and all of the beautiful plants and animals that live here! Just ask to check one out at the front desk by leaving your ID or keys with our ticket agent.


Birding Mornings

2nd Wednesday of each month, 8:00 AM

Fly over to Airlie Gardens to participate in a self-guided birding morning, co-hosted with our partner, Wild Bird and Garden. Recognized on the  North Carolina Birding Trail as a Coastal Region site, Airlie offers some of the best birding in New Hanover County. To see what has been spotted, check out Airlie’s HotSpot on, a free, easy-to-use, citizen science observation database. 


Tuesdays with Airlie

Introducing a new weekly web series brought to you by Airlie’s Environmental Educators! Tune into Airlie’s Facebook every Tuesday at 2pm for an Educator spotlight on everything Airlie.


Airlie at Home

Our Environmental Educators have been hard at work bringing you new content; such as, educational videos and family friendly activities that you can do right in your own backyard. Check out the Environmental Education YouTube channel to begin exploring your garden at home!

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Garden Bingo

Play a round of BINGO while you explore the grounds! A fun garden activity for the whole family. Learn about your surroundings by connecting a row OR  challenge yourself by finding them all!

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