Audubon Nature Institute Renews Community Connect Program
- Touch Pool AquariumVisitors pet stingrays in Aquarium of Americas touch pool.
- Butterfly GardenThe butterfly garden at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on December 18, 2014. Photography by Rusty Costanza, Digital Roux Photography.
- PlanetariumThe Planetarium at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center has new technology including real-time images from NASA, a state-of-the-art projection system, and custom programming.
- Alligator TrainingAlligator training photographed Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Trainers work with “Tchompatoulas”, an adult white alligator, on target training. If the alligator correctly executes the movements they have been trained to do, they receive a reward of food. The white coloring of the gator is a result of leucism, a genetic abnormality similar to albinism.
- Watoto Walk VisitorsAudubon Zoo March 29, 2019
Audubon continues its commitment to engaging and educating the community about the wonders of nature by renewing the Audubon Community Connect program in 2020. This ongoing initiative helps to grow accessibility to Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center for New Orleanians.
“Increased and equitable access for all residents to Audubon Nature Institute facilities is at the core of the Community Connect program, and we are happy to renew this initiative for another year,” says Rebecca Dietz, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel. "Audubon is committed to engaging and educating our local community about the importance of nature and the care and survival of wildlife.”
The Audubon Community Connect program consists of three components:
- Orleans Parish Appreciation Days: Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to Audubon facilities for themselves and up to four guests when they present a valid government-issued photo ID. Facilities rotate each week among the Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Zoo, and Planetarium at the Nature Center. Visit this link to see the entire 2020 Orleans Parish Appreciation Day Calendar.
- Audubon SNAP Program: Orleans Parish SNAP benefit recipients receive complimentary admission to Audubon facilities year-round (special events restrictions apply). SNAP participants and up to four guests receive free admission to Audubon facilities when they present a valid ID that matches their SNAP card.
- Audubon Museum Partner Pass: Audubon has partnered 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.
For more information about Audubon Nature Institute’s current community outreach programming, please visit https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/audubon-community-connect.
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.