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Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is on its way back!
Located on an 86-acre site in Joe W. Brown Park, the Nature Center first opened its doors in 1980, quickly becoming a cherished nature and education resource for New Orleans children and families. Interactive and engaging, the Nature Center was dedicated to showing visitors the wonders of the natural world, with unique opportunities to experience the quiet and enriching beauty of the hardwood bottomland forest.
Audubon Nature Institute welcomed the Nature Center into its family of parks and museums in 1994. During its 25th year, the Nature Center was inundated with Hurricane Katrina floodwaters and suffered considerable damage which devastated its interpretive center, exhibits and natural forest.
But now, construction is underway on the new, state-of-the-art Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, designed around the mission to lead and inspire a diverse audience to a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the natural world. It will offer everything that was so loved by visitors in the original Nature Center, with fun, educational exhibits, a planetarium, classroom pavilions and boardwalk trails.
Nature Center Restoration Begins. Read the Press Release.
Wetland Restoration Efforts
Wetland restoration has been ongoing since Hurricane Katrina with the help of hundreds of volunteer stewards each year. Spring Breakers, faith based groups, conference attendees and community members have learned about wetland loss, the importance of coastal restoration, and the wetland ecosystems while removing invasive Chinese Tallow or replanting native bottomland hardwoods donated by the Restore the Earth Foundation and LSU Coastal Roots. Audubon Nature Institute has restored 20 acres of this native Louisiana habitat and continues to educate thousands of wetland ambassadors throughout the nation.