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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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
Fall: October 11        

Bird Walk at Leland Municipal Park
Fall: October 18        

Bird Walk at Cypress Cove Park
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: 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. 

Sunday, 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.

Sunday, 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+