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Audubon Happenings January - March 2014



January 27, 2014

Contact: Katie Smith

Office 504-378-2693

Cell 504-278-0542

Audubon Nature Institute Happenings

January - March, 2014

(New Orleans)- Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Audubon Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from March 1 through September 1, 2014.  

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal St.), Entergy IMAX® Theatre (1 Canal St.) and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St.) are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.


Beginning March 3, 2014, Audubon attractions will be open seven days a week.
All attractions will be closed on Mardi Gras Day. 





Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

Entergy IMAX®Theatre






Child (2-12)





Sr. Citizen (65+)





An Audubon Experience ticket includes admission to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
Adults (13-64)                                                $39.50
Children (2-12)                                               $27.50
Senior Citizens (65+)                                      $27.50
Please visit for more information on hours of operation and combination admission prices. 

NEW - Elephant Barn Tour
Guest can sign-up for an exclusive backstage tour in Audubon Zoo’s impressive, new, state-of-the-art elephant barn. Visitors will be inspired as they learn more about elephants, see the Zoo’s elephants in their new home, receive a guided behind-the-scenes tour, meet the keepers and hear more about Audubon’s plans to improve and grow existing exhibits. Audubon Zoo’s keepers will answer questions and guide the experience. Tickets are $65 per person for Audubon members and $75 per person for non-members.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas invites visitors to begin their aquarium adventure in an entirely new way, with a breathtaking Great Maya Reef experience. Opening this Spring, the new exhibit will feature re-creations of ancient ruins transforming the iconic 30-foot-long Caribbean Reef tunnel into a Mayan city.


Get Yah Praise On
February 15, 2014
Audubon Zoo
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A hand-clapping gospel music experience presented in the inspirational setting of Audubon Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. Included Audubon Zoo admission or membership.

2014 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival 
March 3, 2014
Woldenberg Park
10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
The 2014 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival lives up to its good-times reputation for the 20th consecutive year, when the 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host a full day of fun and excitement along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The festival event features local and world-renowned entertainers performing on three stages. The Lundi Gras Festival food vendors kick up dishes like crawfish pie, shrimp Creole, file' gumbo, alligator sausage, Jamaican chicken, crawfish bread, catfishpo-boys, peach cobbler, pecan pie and many more New Orleans delicacies. Don’t miss the arrival of the Zulu King and his entourage at 5pm.
Soul Fest
March 8 & 9, 2014
Audubon Zoo
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Soul Fest is the premier New Orleans celebration of African American music and culture. This event kicks off the spring festival season in New Orleans!  Created to spotlight the achievements of African Americans while educating Zoo visitors about heritage, culture and wellness, the festival features Creole and soul food dishes along with live music from New Orleans popular R&B, jazz and gospel performers. Soul Fest also offers health and wellness information and activities for the whole family. Included in Zoo admission or membership.
Earth Fest
March 15, 2014
Audubon Zoo
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Earth Fest is a fun way for Zoo visitors to learn about saving our environment. Exhibitors represent groups from non-profit, government and private businesses involved in environmental issues. Local restaurants and caterers offer taste-tempting fare such as poboys, chicken and andouille gumbo, fried eggplant and more, prepared by native Louisianans. Additionally, artisans showcase handmade arts and crafts. Included in Zoo admission or membership. Earth Fest is powered by BP.

Basic Zoo Photography
February 1st & 8th, 2014
Audubon Zoo
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Join Audubon Zoo for a wild photography class adventure that teaches you the basics of your DLSR camera and how to get the best animal shots. After a lecture on the basics of your camera and how to shoot in Aperture Priority and Manual mode professional animal and commercial photographer and photography instructor Amy Shutt will show you her animal photography techniques and share many tips so you can get the best shots possible. Classes are $140 per two-part session for members, $153 for nonmembers - participants must be 16 years or over. Please click here for more information. 

Saturday Art Series Recycle Art
March 8, 2014
Audubon Zoo
10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Calling all students who range from 6-8 years old. Are you interested in learning more about recycling? Recycled Artists? Do you want to create your own recycled art work using various materials? If so, please sign up for our free workshop and bring any items you would like to use to create your recycled art work.

Mardi Gras Camp
March 5-7, 2014
Audubon Zoo
$40 per day (9am-3pm) for members, $55 for non-members

Cultural celebrations are fun ways to learn about the world’s animals and peoples. Make Audubon's Mardi Gras Camp part of your child's celebration. Each day is full of animal exploration, scientific investigation, crafts and more at Audubon Zoo! Before and After Care is available – $7 for Before Care and $10 for After Care. This event is created for kids from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more.

Youth Volunteer Programs
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2014

The AquaKid program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their  public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and work place skills.  An exciting summer training program includes field trips and other learning opportunities at the Aquarium. The 2014 AquaKid program is open to students entering the 7th-9th grades in the fall of 2014. 

The Jr. Naturalist program is a program developed for students entering the 10th-11th grades for the Fall of 2014. Participants will learn basic marine biology and conservation during an intensive week of training.

The Jr. Keeper program encourages hands-on learning, creativity, teamwork, a sense of stewardship towards the environment and the development of workplace and life skills through a wide variety of volunteer experiences. The 2014 Jr. Keeper Program will be open to youth entering the 7th8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2014.

The Jr. Entomologist program introduces students into the world of arthropods. Students will learn teamwork and public speaking while participating in hands-on learning activities through field trips and class time. The 2014 Jr. Entomologist program is open to students entering the 8th-10th grades during the fall of 2014.

Twilight Trek
Audubon Zoo
March 21, 2014
$13 for members, $18 for non-members 

Experience the sights and sounds during seldom-visited evening hours while Zoo naturalists lead your tour on a guided evening stroll through the Zoo. Observation skills are sharpened, while new insights are gained. Bring a picnic dinner and feast under the twilight during a casual, relaxed evening. Please note: This is a nature walk only. Some animals may be out on exhibit for viewing, others will be in their night houses. 
Roasted marshmallows and an animal guest end the evening.
5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Safari After Dark
Audubon Zoo
March 22, 2014
$45 for members, $55 for non-members (5:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning)
Spend the night camping at Audubon Zoo! This family fun event lets you into the Zoo after everyone else goes home. Bring a tent, sleeping gear and a picnic dinner, and the Audubon Zoo Education staff will educate and entertain with crafts, animal presentations, ‘behind the scenes’ tours and night hikes. Evening snack and continental breakfast included. This event is created for kids 5 years and older and their families. Spaces are limited! Phone (504) 861-5103 for more. 

This schedule will run from January 24th thru February 13th.

Show times are subject to change, see website for movie descriptions


Great White Shark 3D


Penguins 3D


Great White Shark 3D


Hurricane on the Bayou


Great White Shark 3D


Penguins 3D


Great White Shark 3D


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug an IMAX 3D Experience (PG13) 2hrs 41min

Subject to change.  Visit for show schedules.



Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.


Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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