Wetland Express

A mobile wetland wildlife education program.

Sponsored by The New Orleans Pelicans, the Wetland Express is a mobile educational program that offers an up-close, hands-on experience with some of our wetland’s most important inhabitants. Students will learn about the wildlife that depends on the wetlands for their homes, meals, and nurseries. The Wetland Express helps students make connections to wetland animals and their habitats that will help foster future stewardship and protect one of Louisiana’s most important resources. Thanks to the generous support of The New Orleans Pelicans, Title 1 schools within the Greater New Orleans Region are eligible for one FREE Wetland Express visit per school year. Any additional visits within the school year will be given at the standard Wetland Express rates.

  • Wetland Express is reserved on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Please book early, we are booked 2-3 months in advance.
  • The Wetland Express accepts reservations up to 6 months in advance. 
  • In lieu of a mileage fee we now require a 2 program minimum for presentations outside of Orleans and Jefferson parish. You can collaborate with other teachers at your school or with teachers at nearby facilities to meet this minimum. Please contact us to find out when we will be in your area!
  • Please note the minimum age requirement for programs is 3 years old.

Reserve the Wetland Express

Wetland Wildlife Express Programs:

  • Schools & Camps
    The Wetland Express features a 30 - 45 minute interactive lesson for classroom sized audiences up to 26 people for Pre-K-1st grade, and 35 people for 2nd grade and above. COST: $75.00 per presentation. A maximum of 4 presentations can be offered per visit.
  • Hospitals & Libraries
    The Wetland Express program includes a 60-minute assembly-style presentation for audiences of all sizes. COST: $100 per presentation.
  • Assembly Programs
    The Wetland Express features an interactive presentation for up to 150 people. Please note the minimum age for assemblies is 4th grade. COST: $275 per presentation. A maximum of 2 assemblies can be offered per visit.
  • Fairs & Festivals
    The Wetland Express features an engaging tabletop program where guests are encouraged to explore the natural world through live animals and artifacts. COST: $200 per hour. Maximum of 3 hours per event.

Regular Classroom Programs:

  • Styled for The Swamp (2nd-12th)
    Louisiana animals are “dressed” perfectly for their habitat. Each of their colorings, body parts, and behaviors are things that they have to help them survive. This program will help us learn all about the adaptations that our native animals have!
  • Wetland Charm (3rd-8th)
    Learn about all of the components that make up our Louisiana Wetlands by creating a unique wetland charm to take home.  Then, meet the special animals that utilize this important ecosystem.
  • Gator Tales (prek-1st)
    It’s story time! During this program you will read a story about some native animals. After the story we will have a short lesson and then meet the animals that starred in it!
  • Swamp Chomp (2nd-8th)
    Herbivores, Carnivores, Omnivores oh my! Let’s talk about what our Louisiana animals eat. We will discuss different diets and how animals are adapted to eat different foods.

Assembly Programs:

  • Swamp Slam Dunk (All Ages)
    Who knew learning could be so fun? This game show styled assembly program will teach students about the adaptions our native animals have. Students will compete in different and exciting challenges while meeting native animals throughout the show.

For additional questions about the Wetland Express or our programs, call (504) 378-2639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.


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