Trip Tips - Nature Center

OPEN: Special Covid-19 measures:

Please be aware that the Nature Center operating schedule has changed due to measures aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

During our Stage-1 reopening, the main boardwalk and Adventure Trail are open Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and are monitored for guest compliance of social/physical distancing measures, including metered entrance, and directional flow management.

The Discovery Trail and Pollinator Path are one-way trails (follow arrows), and are open 9am-1pm. All areas beyond the building entrance ramp close at noon and masks are encouraged. Gates are open from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  

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: Is there an admission fee to the Nature Center?
A: No entrance fee is required to walk the trails.

Q: Is there an additional charge for Planetarium shows?
A: The planetarium is not offering presentations until later reopening stages.
Q: Do Audubon Nature Institute members receive a discount on Nature Center programs?
A: Yes. Audubon members receive program discounts. Member discounts do not apply to group or field trip admission.

Q: Is the Nature Center Open all year?
A: We are committed to keeping the Nature Center open year-round;. Our operating schedule will change and expand as we progress through our staged reopening. Please note that the Nature Center will be closed on Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and is subject to change.

Rest Facilities will be kept clean, comfortable, and accommodating for everyone.

Handicap Accessibility
The boardwalks, exhibit hall, and planetarium are handicap accessible although some of the primitive trails may not be suitable for all visitors. The planetarium features 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.