Everything You Need To Know About the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

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Visiting the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center for the first time since I was a child brought back all the memories. I remember when my girl scout troop did a sleepover inside the auditorium. Also, the amazement that there was a place in the middle of the city that resembled the forest. Making this a great place to visit in New Orleans with kids.

The new and improved Audubon Louisiana Nature Center will be opening to the public on October 6, 2017. This great New Orleans attraction has nature trails and the Exhibit Hall has been completely rebuilt and upgraded. I’m excited about visiting the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center with my daughter.

Things You Need to Know About the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

You will need to bring bug spray and sunscreen to fully enjoy the hiking trails. Some of the trails are on a boardwalk and some are off. Also bring a small flashlight at night as there is little lighting.

There is no food for sale on site. However, you can bring your own food. Just be sure to clean up after yourself. Leave only your footprints behind.

One other thing to remember. At the Audubon Louisiana Nature center, there are wild animals. This isn’t the zoo, and the animals are open in their natural habitat. Another reason why it’s really important to leave only your footprints.

The best part about the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is that there is no charge for admission except for field trips. Want more information on field trips email educationprograms@auduboninstitute.org.

The nature center has it’s own parking lot with free parking available to guests.

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TheAudubon Louisiana Nature Center’s Operating Schedule

  • Walking Trails:  Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hall: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Planetarium: Open for scheduled programming only.  You can make reservations for daily , evening and overnight use on the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center’s website.

More About the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

The Louisiana Nature Center opened its doors in Joe Brown Park on March 23, 1980. The center offered a scenic interpretation of the Mississippi River Delta and Louisiana Coastal Zone. In 1993, the Nature Center’s board agreed to merge with Audubon Nature Center. When they renamed the attraction “Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.’’ The center welcomed about 85,000 annual visitors, including 45,000 students served by outreach programs.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina left the Nature Center under six feet of water for more than a month. The storm also was responsible for severely damaging the center’s forest and ruining its structures. The Nature Center has remained closed since the storm. Audubon’s leadership collaborated with representatives of FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, city and state government and community leaders to map out a restoration strategy. Which is how we got the new and improved Audubon Louisiana Nature Center we see today.


Location and Driving Directions To the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is located at 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard, New Orleans, LA. Next to Joe Brown Park.

Driving directions:

  • From New Orleans, take I-10 East and exit Read Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Read Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Lake Forest Blvd.
  • The entrance to Audubon Louisiana Nature Center will be on your right.
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The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center also has upcoming events and educational programs. Be sure to check them out.

Also check out our Facebook Live from my tour of the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center!


Do you remember visiting the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center as a child? What is your favorite memory?

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