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Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Hosts Monarch Festival Featuring Film Celebrating Butterflies

Saturday September 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in eastern New Orleans will celebrate Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 15, with the debut of the award-winning film, “Flight of the Butterflies,’’ at the planetarium.

The documentary explores the 3,000-mile migration of the Monarch Butterfly, an annual trek from Central Mexico to the United States and Canada that is considered one of longest insect migrations. The film is shot for IMAX 3D and the effect is uniquely preserved in the planetarium's full-dome theater.

Guests who purchase wristbands to Monarch Fest will receive a ticket to see the film on opening day.

Other Monarch Festival activities include, butterfly hikes, face-painting, butterfly crafts and a tour of the nature center’s new Pollinator Path, which is attracting many beautiful monarch lookalikes, including Viceroy Butterflies.

Friends of Joe Brown Park will offer snack items for sale.

Monarch Festival, which is for all ages, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard.

There is no entrance fee to explore the Nature Center or walk the trails. The fee for Monarch Festival activities is $8 for Audubon members and $10 for non-members.

To purchase wristbands in advance, click here.

In addition to the planetarium, nature center guests can explore nearly three miles of walking trails and boardwalk, chat with a naturalist in the Interpretive Center, take in educational programs and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

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.