Conservation Krewe
Volunteer Program

The Conservation Krewe program at Audubon Nature Institute provides youth ages 14-17 the opportunity to volunteer across our facilities to become the next generation of environmental stewards while inspiring participants to find their voice and educate guests about our natural world.

Conservation Krewe Volunteer Program:
The Conservation Krewe program is a youth development opportunity for students ages 14-17. Teens enter the program by participating in fall training covering a broad range of topics, such as ecology, biology, conservation, and public speaking. After completing training, Krewe Members can volunteer year-round starting in our Interpretation Station placements at Audubon Zoo. The second year of the program will include an Interpretation Station placement at Audubon Aquarium, Insectarium & Butterfly Garden. Year three and beyond will include advanced opportunities as they become available at all Audubon facilities, including Audubon Nature Center in New Orleans East. Students are regularly evaluated on performance in every placement they volunteer.

To participate in Audubon’s Conservation Krewe program, you must show proof of COVID Vaccination or provide negative COVID test results from within the 72 hours prior to each training session/volunteer shift.

Program Goals:

  • To engage youth ages 14-17 from the Greater New Orleans area in a year-round, hands-on youth volunteer program at Audubon Nature Institute
  • To empower youth to act for the environment and make positive change within their communities
  • To foster environmental and conservation literacy through a variety of training, continuing education and opportunities to share their passions.
  • To support youth in developing leadership, public speaking skills, sense of responsibility and self-confidence
  • To develop job skills and provide conservation education experience and personal growth opportunities

Conservation Krewe Program Application & Interview Process :
All youth ages 14-17 are invited to apply to join our team of amazing youth volunteers. The application is a quick online form that will take about 10 minutes to complete. All applicants who submit their application by July 11th will be invited to join our group interviews in late July/early August.

  • Applications are due July 11, 2022
  • Interview availability is due July 11, 2022
  • Reflection questions are due July 11, 2022
  • Interviews will be held July 29, July 30, August 5, August 6
  • Acceptance status updates will be sent on August 27, 2022

Conservation Krewe Training:
Training for this program will occur for six Saturdays in October, November and December. Training will run from 8AM to 4PM on October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19 and December 3. Lunch is included for each training day. Attendance is mandatory for all listed training days.

Conservation Krewe Fee & Scholarships:
The tuition for the Conservation Krewe program is one-time $185 fee. Tuition covers the cost of uniforms, training day lunches, training materials and transportation for training field-trips.

Scholarships that cover the whole tuition fee are available but are limited in number. Any youth who qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school is eligible to apply for a Conservation Krewe Program scholarship. Please complete this brief Application if you qualify Conservation Krewe Scholarship Application.


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