Public Programs

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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Bird Hikes

Fly over to Airlie Gardens to participate in a monthly Bird Hike, 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. 

When | Second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

May Bird Hike canceled


Butterfly Releases

An educator will be in our native Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the House. Butterflies will then be released.  In case of rain, we will have an educator in our classroom and guests will still be able to observe butterflies. 

When | July – September: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Admission | Included in garden admission

Who | All ages welcome!  Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.


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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