Sea Nettles at the Aquarium

Teen Volunteers

Conservation Krewe Volunteers

guest engaging with Audubon volunteers

The Conservation Krewe program at Audubon Nature Institute provides youth ages 14-17 the opportunity to volunteer across our facilities to become the next generation of environmental stewards while inspiring participants to find their voice and educate guests about our natural world.

Conservation Krewe Volunteer Program:
The Conservation Krewe program is a youth development opportunity for students ages 14-17. Teens enter the program by participating in fall training covering a broad range of topics, such as ecology, biology, conservation, and public speaking. After completing training, Krewe Members can volunteer year-round starting in our Interpretation Station placements at Audubon Zoo. The second year of the program will include an Interpretation Station placement at our downtown facility, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium. Year three and beyond will include advanced opportunities as they become available at all Audubon facilities, including Audubon Nature Center in New Orleans East. Students are regularly evaluated on performance in every placement they volunteer.

To participate in Audubon’s Conservation Krewe program, you must show proof of COVID Vaccination or provide negative COVID test results from within the 72 hours prior to each training session/volunteer shift.

Program Goals:

  • To engage youth ages 14-17 from the Greater New Orleans area in a year-round, hands-on youth volunteer program at Audubon Nature Institute
  • To empower youth to act for the environment and make positive change within their communities
  • To foster environmental and conservation literacy through a variety of training, continuing education and opportunities to share their passions.
  • To support youth in developing leadership, public speaking skills, sense of responsibility and self-confidence
  • To develop job skills and provide conservation education experience and personal growth opportunities

Conservation Krewe Program Application & Interview Process :
All youth ages 14-17 are invited to apply to join our team of amazing youth volunteers. The application is a quick online form that will take about 10 minutes to complete. All applicants who submit their application by July 11th will be invited to join our group interviews in late July/early August.

  • Applications are due July 31, 2023
  • Interview availability is due August 11, 2023
  • Reflection questions are due August 11,  2023
  • Interviews will be held from 5-7 PM on August 17 & 18 and 10 AM - 12 PM on August 19
  • Acceptance status updates will be sent out on August 31, 2023 

Conservation Krewe Training:

If accepted into this program, training for this program will start with an Orientation on September 16, 2023. Full day training will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be held Saturday, September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 14. Lunch is included for each training day. Attendance is mandatory for all listed training days.

After completing training, volunteers will have a two-week break before starting regular volunteer placements on November 3 or 4. Volunteers will be placed on a shift that works best for them, on either Saturday or Sunday AM (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) or PM (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The semester is scheduled to end December 16 or 17 for our winter break and will resume in January. 

Conservation Krewe Fee & Scholarships:
The tuition for the Conservation Krewe program is one-time $185 fee. Tuition covers the cost of uniforms, training day lunches, training materials and transportation for training field-trips. Tuition for the program is due on the first full day of training, September 23.

Scholarships that cover the whole tuition fee are available but are limited in number. Any youth who qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school is eligible to apply for a Conservation Krewe Program scholarship. Please complete this brief Application if you qualify Conservation Krewe Scholarship

Application open June 1 to July 31, 2023

Apply June 1 - July 31

Please contact for more information or for assistance.