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Audubon Nature Institute Kicks Off Community Connect Program this Month

Audubon continues its commitment to educating visitors about the wonders of nature in 2019 by starting Audubon Community Connect this month. This new initiative helps to grow accessibility to Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Louisiana Nature Center for New Orleanians. 

“Audubon believes we can always do more through outreach, access and education. The Community Connect program, together with our many longstanding outreach programs, demonstrates Audubon’s commitment to increased and equitable access for all residents,” says Rebecca Dietz, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel. 

The Audubon Community Connect program will involve three components: 

  1. Orleans Parish Appreciation Days: Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with one valid government-issued photo IDreceive free admission with up to four guests to Audubon attractions, rotating each week from the Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Zoo, and Planetarium at the Louisiana Nature Center. Upcoming dates: Wednesday, January 9 at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Wednesday, January 16 at Audubon Zoo.Click here for schedule.   

  2. Audubon SNAP Program: Orleans Parish SNAP benefit recipients receive complimentary admission to Audubon facilities year-round, special events restrictions apply. SNAP participant with valid ID that matches the SNAP card and up to four guests have free admission to Audubon facilities.  

  3. Audubon Museum Partner PassAudubon is partnering with New Orleans Public Library to offer a partner pass available for check out by library cardholders. Three passes have been provided to each library in Orleans Parish and each pass provides entry for up to two adults and seven children for a two-week period.  

“We are thrilled that the Audubon Nature Institute has partnered with us to join our Museum Pass program, said Charles Brown, City Librarian and Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library System. "We are continually working to expand the amount of educational, informational, and entertaining programs, products, and services that we offer and I know that this strategic partnership will greatly benefit our community,” says Brown. 

For more information about Audubon Nature Institute’s current community outreach programming, please visit

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.