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Audubon Throwing a Party for the Planet

Conservation Focus of Series of Events

Audubon Nature Institute is hosting a Party for the Planet presented by Entergy this spring and it is all about celebrating nature and connecting people with ways they can make positive impacts on the natural world.

Party for the Planet presented by Entergy starts with Spring into Action at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center on March 30, 2024. Guests can enjoy nature-themed activities, hands-on discovery and interactive experiences that promote environmental awareness, and special programming at the Nature Center Planetarium.

It is free to attend, and the event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

One of the most exciting parts of Spring into Action is the chance to engage with a variety of groups working to make the world a better place. These local “conservation neighbors” will be on site to share what projects they are involved in and how the public can get involved. This year, the list of conservation partners includes:

  • Entergy
  • Audubon Insectarium
  • Audubon Learning and Education
  • Louisiana Master Naturalists of GNO
  • Friends of Bayou St. John
  • NASA
  • Pontchartrain Astronomy Society
  • WaterWise Gulf South
  • Gulf Coast Mycological Society
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • ThriveNOLA
  • Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Complex
  • Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts

Admission to Spring into Action is free to the public. 

Spring into Action and the other Party for the Planet events are fun ways to get people involved in making environmentally friendly decisions every day,” said Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO. “We are grateful for Entergy’s continued partnership on this important series of conservation-themed events.”

Spring into Action is the first of a five-part Party for the Planet presented by Entergy series. Other special events include:

  • Saturday, April 20: Earth Day Family Service Day - location TBD
  • Saturday, May 18: Endangered Species Day at Audubon Zoo
  • Saturday, June 8: World Oceans Day at Audubon Aquarium
  • Saturday, June 22: Pollination Celebration at Audubon Insectarium  

“Our communities are made stronger when we highlight responsible conservation and sustainability,” said Deanna Rodriguez, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “By partnering with the Audubon Nature Institute and supporting initiatives like Party for the Planet, Entergy encourages everyone to learn how to take better care of the world we call home.”

This series is supported by Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund, which directs $1 million annually to environmental improvement projects.

A visit to an Audubon Nature Institute facility is a first step in taking positive action to learn about and protect the environment. Audubon joins many other Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America in throwing a Party for the Planet, making it the largest combined Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Oceans Day celebration. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums spend $230 million on field conservation alone, supporting projects benefiting more than 800 species in 130 countries. To date, the AZA Conservation Grants Fund has provided $7.7 million in support for 400+ projects worldwide.