The Town of Leland offers a variety of recreation programs for youth and adults that encourage positive leisure lifestyles. Recreation programs provide opportunities for socialization, personal growth, physical activity and character building. The Parks and Recreation Department is always looking to expand the services it provides so that it remains responsive to the community and on the cutting edge of recreation trends. Check back often as new programs are added regularly.

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So Now You're A Tar Heel

Learn more about the state you live in during the So Now You're A Tarheel lecture series. Experts in lighthouses, the NC mountains and hurricanes will share their knowledge each week on these different topics as you enjoy a special treat that is home to North Carolina. Topics subject to change.

North Carolina Lighthouses
Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.

North Carolina Mountains
Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451

Fee: $15 for Leland residents, $20 for non-Leland residents

Birding 101

Discover where you live from a bird's eye view!

These series consist of informative programs about birds in our area, nesting habits and different binocular uses as well as two walks at local parks by birding expert Jill Peleuses. There is so much to learn from our feathered friends! See details for the Spring and Fall series below.

Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Birding Program at Town Hall
Spring: April 5 Fall: October 11        

Bird Walk at Leland Municipal Park
Spring: April 12 Fall: October 18        

Bird Walk at Cypress Cove Park
Spring: April 19 Fall: October 25        

Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451

Fee: $35 for Leland residents, $45 for non-Leland residents

Kayak Adventures: Shark Tooth Island

Shark Tooth Island is a popular adventure location here in the Cape Fear area.

We will explore the Cape Fear River and its islands from River Road Park in New Hanover County. After a 75 minute paddle you will arrive at Shark Tooth Island where you can hunt for fossils and prehistoric sharks’ teeth.

Make sure that you bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as you take in the views of the beautiful Cape Fear River. After lunch, we will paddle the last 15 minutes back to the landing where we started our adventure.

Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.

6500 River Road, Wilmington, NC 28412

Fee: $45, includes kayak rental and guided tours

Ages 16+


Homemade Holidays: Mother's Day

This special how-to night will include a hands-on calligraphy lesson. Together we'll practice graceful letters and work on a calligraphy craft to gift (or keep!). You will also learn some fun techniques to create an eco-friendly bouquet of flowers.

Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr., Leland, NC 28451

Fee: $10, must pre-register

Ages 16+

Kayak Adventures: Eagles Island

Sturgeon Creek and Eagles Island are just minutes away from downtown Leland and offer a great chance to view wildlife in their natural habitat.

This adventure is an easy 5.5 mile kayaking adventure that is timed to take advantage of the falling tides, allowing you to paddle with the outgoing tide. This adventure should take no longer than 3 hours from the time set out on our adventure and will conclude at Cypress Cove Park. A shuttle system will run to get vehicles from Brunswick Riverwalk Park. Come dressed for fun and adventure along the river!

Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Brunswick Riverwalk Park, 580 River Rd, Belville, NC 28451

Fee: $45, includes kayak rental and guided tours

Ages 16+

Kayak Adventures: Masonboro Island

Masonboro is a pristine coastal island that is only accessible by boat.

This adventure offers a fantastic opportunity to explore this natural barrier island and estuary. You will also get a chance to experience Masonboro Island wildlife in its natural setting while exploring its unspoiled beaches.

We will meet at the New Hanover County Trails End Park at 10:00 am to begin your adventure. This is a half-day adventure so plan on being back around 2:00 pm. Come dressed for fun, sun and adventure along the beaches of Masonboro Island.

Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Trails End Park, 613 Trails End Rd, Wilmington, NC 28409

Fee: $45, includes kayak rental and guided tours

Ages 16+



Kayak Adventures: Moores Creek National Battlefield

Join Mahanaim Adventures for kayaking on historic Moores Creek and then enjoy a guided tour of this historic national battlefield. 

Moores Creek National Battlefield is an 88 acre park that commemorates the battle between Patriots and Loyalist militia on February 27, 1776.  This battle was the first major victory for the Patriots that lead to Cornwallis’ withdrawal from North Carolina.  Join us and explore this beautiful creek and learn about our rich heritage as it comes alive as period dressed interrupters guide you through this battlefield.  We will meet at the Patriots Hall parking lot in Moores Creek National Battle Field at 9:00 AM. This is an excellent adventure for the first time kayaker as it is a half-day adventure. (Ending around 3:00pm.)  Make sure you bring your walking shoes to explore both Moores Creek and the National Battle Field and a picnic lunch to enjoy before we explore the battlefield. 

Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Moores Creek National Battlefield, 40 Patriots Hall Dr, Currie, NC 28435

Fee: $45, includes kayak rental and guided tours

Ages 16+

Kayak Adventures: Three Sisters Swamp

Have you ever wanted to paddle the enchanted and ancient Three Sisters Swamp?

This old swamp contains 2000 year old bald cypress that are so large that it takes 4 four grown men together to wrap their arms around it! This swamp on the Black River is popular and a remote destination that should be on any serious paddlers “Must Do” list. This is a beautiful section of the Black River.

This is a 12 mile paddle and is for advanced kayakers. We will meet at 7:30 a.m. for a 1-hour drive to the river. Plan on bringing plenty of water to drink and a picnic lunch for this exciting day of kayaking. We will stop several times to enjoy the sights and trees along the river as well as the picnic lunch. Plan on returning home around between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. that day.

Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 a.m.

Fee: $75, includes kayak rental and guided tours or $55 (own kayak required), includes guided tour

Ages 16+