Airlie Gardens receives grant to expand environmental education

Posted January 20, 2017 at 10:26 am     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s Airlie Gardens was recently awarded the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope Grant for science education. The $25,000 grant will enable Airlie Gardens to expand environmental education to more residents and visitors in New Hanover County, and enhance interactions in the gardens.

“We are proud to be selected for the NC GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope Grant,” said Tara Duckworth, New Hanover County Parks & Gardens director. “This grant will allow New Hanover County to reach even more children and adults through Airlie’s environmental education program, which offers experiential, hands-on activities to teach concepts in wildlife, soil stewardship, water quality and much more.”

Airlie Gardens’ education programs, like birding, butterflies, and the Bug Zoo, will benefit from the grant. “Airlie is the perfect place to provide people with the tools and inspiration to enjoy nature and learn about science for years to come,” said Jennifer O’Keefe, environmental education manager at Airlie Gardens. “This grant will allow for more interaction with garden guests through scheduled, interpretive programming.”


Image result for gsk foundationAbout the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today’s society and future generations. Since its creation in 1986, the foundation has granted $71.0 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that emphasize the understanding and application of science, health and education at all academic and professional levels. Visit us at

About Airlie Gardens
Airlie Gardens, located on Airlie Road near Wrightsville Beach, is 67-acres of quintessential Southern gardens with access to Bradley Creek and ten acres of freshwater lakes. Over 100,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias, statuary, and the Historic Airlie Oak adorn the landscape. This once privately-owned garden was purchased for the public by New Hanover County in 1999. For more information, visit


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