Audubon Nature Institute has expanded its commitment to educating our community about the wonders of nature through a new initiative called Audubon Community Connect. This initiative increases accessibility to Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium for Orleans Parish residents. The Audubon Community Connect program involves three components:


Orleans Parish Appreciation Days


Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to Audubon facilities for themselves and up to four guests when they present a valid government-issued photo ID. On the third Thursday of the month Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to Audubon Zoo. 

Appreciation Days for Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium will be available when the facilities reopen in 2023.

2022 Zoo and Aquarium Free Days Schedule ➤

How to reserve your Orleans Parish Appreciation Day tickets online:

Orleans Parish residents will be able to make timed ticketed reservations in advance online for up to five guests total.

Please be advised by clicking the link below you are a legal Orleans Parish resident, and you understand you will only be permitted entry by bringing your government-issued photo ID in addition to the generated reservation barcodes.

Please also be advised tickets sell out quickly due to demand. Thank you.

 BOOK ORLEANS PARISH APPRECIATION DAY RESERVATIONS HERE


Audubon SNAP Program for Orleans Parish Residents

Year-round, Orleans Parish Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants with a valid government-issued photo ID that matches their SNAP card enjoy complimentary admission for up to five as long as one of the five is an accompanying adult to any Audubon facility. Restrictions apply to special events.

How to reserve your SNAP tickets online:

SNAP recipients will be able to make timed ticketed reservations in advance online for up to five guests.

Please be advised by clicking the link below you are a legal SNAP recipient, and you understand you will only be permitted entry by bringing your SNAP ID in addition to the generated reservation barcodes, and your Orleans Parish proof of residence.

 BOOK ORLEANS PARISH SNAP RESERVATIONS HERE


Audubon Museum Partner Pass

Audubon has partnered with New Orleans Public Library to offer Culture Passes for checkout by Orleans Parish library cardholders. Audubon has provided a limited number of passes which can be used every day that Audubon is open. Each pass provides entry for two adults and seven children. To reserve a pass, visit culturepass.nolalibrary.org, call the Library at 504-529-7323, or by visiting any Orleans Parish Library location.

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Audubon Community Connect FAQs

Q: Why only Orleans Parish?
A: This community access initiative in Orleans Parish is a first step. We currently offer Jefferson Parish residents and employees half-priced admission on an annual basis. Other programs, such as our Taylor/Audubon Students and Scholars Program, which rewards high-performing students with a free membership to the Zoo and Aquarium, are open to residents in all Louisiana parishes. As we assess the impact of this initiative, we plan to explore expanding to additional areas.

Q: Are the free days really free?
A: Yes. On select days, Orleans Parish residents with a valid government-issued photo ID receive free admission to Audubon attractions. Appreciation days rotate each week among the Zoo and Aquarium. Note: the Aquarium and Insectarium will continue the program when they reopen in 2023.

Q: How many guests are allowed on free days?
A: Orleans Parish residents with a valid government-issued photo ID receive free admission with up to four guests.

Q: Do the free days apply if you work in Orleans Parish?
A: This offer is only for Orleans Parish residents. However, current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Orleans Parish while attending school.

Q: What do you need to show proof of residency?
A: If a resident’s photo ID does not list their current address in Orleans Parish, secondary documentation confirming residency will be required; such as a utility bill, bank statement, lease agreement, recent paystub, or any other official documentation that lists the resident’s full name and address in Orleans Parish, will be required. Current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Orleans Parish while attending school.