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"Wild Nights’’ and “Insect Adventures’’ Buzzing Back to Audubon Wilderness Park and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

If caterpillars are creeping and termites are swarming, it must be time for Audubon Nature Institute’s 2018 season of “Wild Nights’’ and “Insect Adventures.’

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is once again offering opportunities for up-close looks – during the day and after dark - at the amazing diversity of arthropods living among us.

“Ever wonder which marvelous moths and beautiful beetles are out and about at night,’’ asks Zack Lemann, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium's Animal and Visitor Programs Manager. “And what about the darting dragonflies and active ants that fly and crawl about during hot summer days? Then don’t miss this chance to learn about all the fascinating bugs that inhabit south Louisiana.’’

The insect safaris take place in Audubon Wilderness Park located at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in Lower Coast Algiers and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in eastern New Orleans adjacent to Joe Brown Park.

Registration for “Insect Adventures’’ includes an aerial net, while “Wild Nights’’ guests receive a night headlamp and batteries. All participants receive a small insect collection kit and an exclusive “Wild Nights Insect Adventures’’ collectible water bottle.

“Insect Adventures’’ are held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., while "Wild Nights’’ take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Meals are not provided.

The cost is $60 for Audubon members and $70 for non-members (plus sales taxes). Guests must be six years of age or older. The adult-to-child ratio is three children per adult.

Click here for more information and to reserve a space!

“Wild Nights’’ and “Insect Adventures’’ 2018 Schedule:

(Day sessions are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; night sessions are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Saturday, May 19 – Audubon Wilderness Park (day)

Friday, June 1 - Audubon Wilderness Park (night)

Tuesday, June 19 - Audubon Wilderness Park (day)

Tuesday, July 10 – Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (day)

Friday, July 13 - Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (night)

Tuesday, July 31 - Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (day)

Friday, August 3 - Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (night)

Saturday, September 8 – Audubon Wilderness Park (day)

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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.