Trip Tips - Nature Center

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors when Audubon Louisiana Nature Center opens this fall!

Q: When will the Nature Center open?
A: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is set to open this fall. Opening dates will be posted on this website later this year. Please be patient as we put the finishing touches on your Nature Center to enhance the visitor experience!
 
Q: Where is the Nature Center located?
A: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is located adjacent to Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East on 86 acres of hardwood bottomland forest.
The street address is 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard.
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
 
Q: Will there be an admission fee to the Nature Center?
A: When Audubon Louisiana Nature Center opens this fall, no entrance fee will be required to walk the trails. Specialty programming will be offered for a nominal fee.
 
Q: Will there be an additional charge for Planetarium shows?
A: The planetarium will have an additional charge for both public and classroom programs. Audubon Nature Institute members will receive a discount!
 
Q: Will Audubon Nature Institute members receive a discount on Nature Center programs?
A: Yes. Audubon members will receive program discounts. Member discounts will not apply to group or field trip admission.


Restrooms
Restrooms and water bottle fillers will be available from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Facilities will be kept clean, comfortable, and accommodating for everyone.

Handicap Accessibility
The boardwalks, exhibit hall, and planetarium will be handicap accessible although some of the primitive trails may not be suitable for all visitors. The planetarium will feature various seating options and assisted listening devices.
 
Service Animals
Service animals will be allowed in Nature Center buildings and on boardwalks but for the best interest of the wildlife and natural habitats, they will not be allowed on primitive trails. Guests with disabilities are permitted to bring service animals to all areas of Audubon facilities where guests are normally allowed—with the exception of Watoto Walk (contact yard) and Audubon Aviary at the Zoo and Parakeet Pointe at the Aquarium. Animals exhibiting signs of ill health or aggressive or erratic behavior will not be allowed. In the event that a guest’s service animal is denied admittance, other assistance will be provided upon request. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support (ESA), therapy animals or animals that provide a service to others not present (dogs in-training) do not qualify as “service animals” under the ADA and are not allowed in Audubon facilities. Pets are also not admitted in Audubon facilities. Pets, ESA and other service animals are allowed in Audubon's public parks.