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, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center for Orleans Parish residents. The Audubon Community Connect program involves three components:
- Orleans Parish Appreciation Days
Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with a valid government-issued photo ID enjoy free admission with up to four guests to Audubon attractions. Appreciation days rotate each week from the Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Planetarium (Audubon Louisiana Nature Center).
- Audubon SNAP Program
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.
- Audubon Museum Culture Pass
Audubon has partnered with New Orleans Public Library to offer Culture Passes for checkout by Orleans Parish library cardholders. Audubon has provided 30 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 and select the date you would like to visit Audubon. Passes may also be reserved by calling the Library at 504-529-7323 or by visiting any Library location.
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, Aquarium and Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 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. Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with a valid government-issued photo ID receive free admission to Audubon attractions. Appreciation days rotate each week among the Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and Planetarium (Louisiana Nature Center).
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.