Trip Tips - Nature Center

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

Please be patient as we work to put the finishing touches on our front entrance! We are open but the front gate might not be accessible due to construction. Additional signage will be provided to help redirect traffic to the alternate entrance in Joe Brown Park (5601 Read Blvd.).

Q: Is there be an admission fee to the Nature Center?
A: No entrance fee is required to walk the trails. Specialty programming is available for a nominal fee.

Q: When will the Nature Center open and close?
A: Below is the operational hours:

  • Walking Trails: open daily, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Front Gate and Restrooms: open daily, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Exhibit Hall: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Planetarium: open daily, showtimes TBA
  • Classrooms: open daily by reservation only. (Evening programs and overnights available by reservation only)

Q: Is there an additional charge for Planetarium shows?
A: Yes, there is an additional charge for both public programs and group reservations. The planetarium is currently available for group reservations, and will open to the public on March 10, 2018. Audubon Nature Institute members will receive a discount!
Q: Do Audubon Nature Institute members receive a discount on Nature Center programs?
A: Yes. Audubon members will receive program discounts. Member discounts will not apply to group or field trip admission.

Restrooms and water bottle fillers are available. 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.