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Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Hosts Fall Fest

Saturday November 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in eastern New Orleans will host a full day of family fun at a Fall Festival on Saturday November 18.

Admittance to the Nature Center – located at 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard - is free.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival will feature live music, nature walks, healthy cooking demonstrations, animal encounters and more.

An optional activity fee will be available for guests to enjoy entry to the planetarium, face painting, crafts, s’more’s stations and more. Advance purchase for activity wristbands is $8 per person (wristbands will be provided at check-in). Wristbands will be available for $10 per person on the day of the event. To register in advance, click here.

Food trucks will be on site selling meals and beverages during the festival.

“We invite everyone to come out and learn about the wonderful array of options for family recreation and environmental education available at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center,’’ said David Niebuhr, the center’s managing director. “Our new, state-of-the-art facility stands ready to introduce Louisiana and Gulf Coast families to the wonders of the fragile ecosystems we call home.’’

The sprawling, 86-acre Nature Center reopened in October after undergoing a $10 million restoration that returned the storm-damaged urban oasis to its rightful place as a must-see destination for families across the region.

Back are the popular features built in the years following the Nature Center’s 1980 opening, including a planetarium, an 8,500-square-foot Exhibit Pavilion, classrooms, interactive educational exhibits, a network of trails and boardwalks, animal care space, extensive landscaping and parking.

The centerpiece of the Exhibit Pavilion is a 3,500-square-foot Interpretive Center featuring a three-dimensional depiction of a cypress forest.

The 1.5-mile Adventure Trail rings the site. Visitors also can enjoy a quarter-mile, kid-friendly – though rustic - Discovery Trail, about one mile of new boardwalks and several primitive trails.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.