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Experience Audubon’s Wild Encounters

Experience Audubon’s Wild Encounters

Indulge in a premium experience and create a lasting memory of your visit to Audubon Nature Institute. We have created unique, up-close encounters for small groups to enjoy—from meeting a penguin to a snorkeling in the Great Maya Reef. Advance reservations are required. Schedule your Wild Encounter today or give one as a gift!


Wild Nights—Insect Adventure
Ever wonder which marvelous moths and beautiful beetles are out and about at night? Join Audubon entomologists at Audubon Wilderness Park and learn about the fascinating things that fly after dark.

  • Two Wild Nights each month, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • $115/person Members; $125/person Non-Members
  • Learn more


Backstage Penguin Pass
Go behind the scenes at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for an up-close encounter with an endangered African penguin. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for an intimate, hands-on experience with a penguin.

  • Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am and 1:30pm
  • $115/person Members; $125/person Non-Members
  • Learn more


Maya Dive Experience
Dive into fun! Choose an amazing SCUBA dive or a snorkel adventure that offers a face-to-mask introduction to the aquatic animals of the Great Maya Reef.

  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Maya Dive Adventure: 10:30am and 1:30pm dive;
    $250 for non-members/$225 for members
  • Maya Snorkel Adventure: 10:30am and 1:30pm snorkel;
    $175 for non-members/$150 for members
  • Learn more

Guests with peanut related allergies should be aware that peanut products may be offered to some of our animals as part of animal enrichment and training programs. Our aquatic animals may be offered shellfish, finfish or crustaceans.

By attending this event you consent to Audubon Nature Institute's photography policy.

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