A mobile wetland wildlife education program.
Sponsored by The New Orleans Pelicans, the Wetland Express is a mobile educational program that offers an up-close, hands-on experience with some of our wetland’s most important inhabitants. Students will learn about the wildlife that depends on the wetlands for their homes, meals, and nurseries. The Wetland Express helps students make connections to wetland animals and their habitats that will help foster future stewardship and protect one of Louisiana’s most important resources. Thanks to a generous grant from The New Orleans Pelicans, 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 Wetland Express rates.
- Wetland Express is reserved on a first come, first-served basis.
- Please book early, we are booked 2-3 months in advance.
- The Wetland Express 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 other 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.
Wetland Wildlife Express Programs:
- Schools & Camps
The Wetland Express 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 Wetland Express program includes a 60-minute assembly-style presentation for audiences of all sizes. COST: $100 per presentation.
- Fairs & Festivals
The Wetland Express features an engaging tabletop program where guests are encouraged to explore the natural world through live animals and artifacts. COST: $200 per hour. Maximum of 3 hours per event.
Regular Classroom Programs:
- Wetland Wonders (PreK-2)
Have you ever met an alligator? How does a turtle hide? Use observations to understand how animals survive in Louisiana’s diverse habitats.
- Swamp Sensations (3-5)
Do frogs have ears? How do snakes smell without a nose? Compare and contrast animal and human adaptations to understand how animals live and survive in the swamp.
- Swampivores (3-5)
Native species have different strategies to find food and gain energy. Explore the adaptations that help herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores thrive.
- BayouDiversity (4-6)
How are Louisiana animals connected? What would happen if one disappeared? Explore the diverse habitats, relationships, and animals of Louisiana and how they adapt to natural and man-made threats.
- Louisiana Legacies (6-8)
What is your Louisiana legacy? Explore how each of us is connected to the resources and animals of Louisiana’s past and our impact on the future.
Quest for the Coast presented by Chevron
Download the Pelicans Mobile app featuring a fun and engaging game to educate users about the coastal issues affecting not only New Orleans and Louisiana, but the entire Gulf South.
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.