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.
- 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. In an effort to ensure access to natural spaces, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, Audubon Nature Institute is committed to keeping entrance to the nature center walking trails and Interpretive Center free. Some programming and group reservations may be offered on a fee basis.
Q: Is there an additional charge for Planetarium shows?
A: The planetarium will offer programming in the future. Schedules and fees are TBD.
Q: Do Audubon Nature Institute members receive a discount on Nature Center programs?
A: Yes. Audubon members receive discounts on individual and family programming, but not apply to group or field trip admission. We appreciate your continued support; your membership dollars help keep the nature center admission-free.
Q: Is the Nature Center Open all year?
A: Audubon is committed to keeping the Nature Center open year-round; Our operating schedule may 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.
Q: What is open and what are the hours?
A: Please be aware that the Nature Center operating schedule has changed and may change unexpectedly.
The restrooms, main boardwalk, other trails are open Monday - Saturday, 8:30 AM -3 PM and are monitored by rangers. Gates and parking lot are open from 8:30 AM -3:30 PM. Monday - Saturday. Masks are required inside buildings.
Rest Facilities are open Monday - Saturday 8 AM-3 PM.
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 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.