Youth volunteers show a family different aquatic items as part of the Aquavan outreach program.

Imaginative programming from Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Chevon blue and white logo.Sponsored by Chevron, the AquaVan brings the excitement of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas into your classroom. Serving the Greater New Orleans Region, students can explore the natural treasures of a tropical rainforest, discover an ocean teeming with life, and even meet some animal neighbors from their own backyard! The AquaVan comes with amazing animals, enthusiastic presenters, and an endless fascination of nature’s wonders. Programs feature live aquatic or terrestrial animals and interactive hands-on displays for area schools and other venues. Thanks to a generous grant from Chevron, Title 1 schools within the Greater New Orleans Region are eligible for up to 4 FREE presentations, during 1 school visit. Any additional visits within the school year will be given at the standard AquaVan rates.

  • AquaVan is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please book early, we book 2-3 months in advance.
  • The AquaVan accepts reservations up to 6 months in advance.
  • In lieu of a mileage fee we now require a 2 program minimum for presentations outside of Orleans and Jefferson parish. You can collaborate with teachers at your school or with teachers at nearby facilities to meet this minimum. Please contact us to find out when we will be in your area.
  • Please note the minimum age requirement for programs is 3 years old.

Reserve the AquaVan

  • Schools & Camps
    The AquaVan features a 30 - 45 minute interactive lesson for classroom-sized audiences with up to 26 people for Pre-K-1st grade, and 35 people for 2nd-8th grade. COST: $125.00 per presentation. A maximum of 4 presentations can be offered per visit.
  • Hospitals & Libraries
    The AquaVan program includes a 60-minute assembly-style presentation for audiences of all sizes. COST: $100.00 per presentation. 
  • Fairs & Festivals
    The AquaVan features an engaging tabletop program where guests are encouraged to explore the natural world through live animals and artifacts. COST: $200.00 per hour. Maximum of 3 hours per event.

Classroom Programs:

  • AquaVan Animals: Gotta See 'Em All! (PreK-2)
    Come on an adventure to lands of all kinds, where your students will discover how various animals use cool moves to defend themselves or forage for food!
  • Oh, the Things We Eat! (3-5)
    Does a sea star have a mouth? How do urchins eat? Explore who eats who and how energy transfers in aquatic ecosystems and beyond.
  • Fishing for SEAcrets (4-6)
    Below the surface, we all are hiding something. Explore the amazing secrets of animals above and below the sea – coloration, hidden organs, chemicals, and unique relationships with other creatures.
  • Ye Ancient Seas (6-8)
    Imagine all the animals living under the sea nearly 500 million years ago. Are they all that different from today’s ocean animals? Learn why some sea life remains unchanged, and how we can use that knowledge in designing our future.
  • Fitting In, In the Big Blue (6-8)
    The world is changing, and so are human civilizations. What impact are we having on our world’s oceans? Dive into how humans are connected to the environment, and how each of us can protect our marine and freshwater ecosystems.

For additional questions about AquaVan or our programs, call (504) 378-2639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

Education Programs Refund & Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel or miss your reserved Audubon Education program, please consider your payment a donation to support Audubon Nature Institute’s mission. If education programming is canceled by Audubon Nature Institute due to extreme weather or other circumstances beyond Audubon’s control, the Education Department will strive to accommodate your program request by rescheduling your program or, when possible, by offering alternative program options.

Extreme weather conditions include but are not limited to excessive hot or cold temperatures, severe weather, or dangerous driving conditions. In extreme heat situations, defined as a heat index of 100 or above, live animals are prohibited from use in educational programming to ensure their safety.