Audubon Nature Institute's Community Connect Program Renewed in 2021
- 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.
- LionfishA lionfish at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on December 12, 2014.
- Orangutan Family
Audubon Nature Institute is continuing its commitment to engaging and educating the community about the natural world by renewing the Audubon Community Connect program in 2021. This initiative increases accessibility to Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for New Orleanians.
“We are excited to renew the Community Connect program for a third year,” said Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel Rebecca Dietz. “Increased and equitable access for all residents to Audubon Nature Institute facilities is a high priority for Audubon.”
The Audubon Community Connect program consists of three components:
Orleans Parish Appreciation Days: 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. Days rotate between the Aquarium and Zoo. On the first Thursday of the month, Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to the Aquarium, and on the third Wednesday of the month residents receive free admission to the Zoo. Visit this link to see the entire 2021 Orleans Parish Appreciation Day Calendar. Orleans Parish residents will be able to make timed ticketed reservations in advance online.
Audubon SNAP Program: Orleans Parish SNAP benefit recipients receive free admission to the Zoo and Aquarium year-round (special events restrictions apply). SNAP participants and up to four guests receive free admission to the Zoo and Aquarium when they present a valid ID that matches their SNAP card. SNAP recipients are able to make timed ticketed reservations in advance online.
Audubon Museum Partner Pass: Audubon has partnered with New Orleans Public Library to offer a partner pass available for checkout by library cardholders. Three passes have been provided to each library in Orleans Parish, and each pass provides free admission to the Zoo and Aquarium 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.