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Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 26 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 26 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

CrimeStoppers Luncheon

Mar 26 - 26, 2015
Crimestoppers GNO will have its 30th annual awards luncheon and pledge drive at… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 26 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 26 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 26 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 26 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Mar 26 - 29, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Louisiana Crawfish…

Mar 26 - 29, 2015
Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine such as Crawfish pie, Fried Crawfish Tall… more

Ogden After Hours…

Mar 26 - 26, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Sarah McCoy. more

Tennessee…

Mar 26 - 29, 2015
A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 26 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Columns Hotel…

Mar 26 - 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 26 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

The Trio feat. Johnny…

Mar 26 - 26, 2015
Join us for The Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich & special guests. … more

12th Annual Saints…

Mar 27 - 29, 2015
The festival features panel discussions and master classes on literary topics… more

America's Hometown…

Mar 27 - 27, 2015
In the adventuresome spirit of the weekend's FoodFest, it will bring the best… more

Hogs for the Cause

Mar 27 - 28, 2015
Eighty teams of BBQ competitors, comprised of a mix of some of the region's… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 27 - 27, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 27 - 27, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 26 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Restoration Begins Groundbreaking Ceremony: Friday, January 24, 2014

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Media Contacts:
Frank Donze
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Katie Smith
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Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Restoration Begins
Groundbreaking Ceremony: Friday, January 24, 2014


(New Orleans, La.) - Audubon Nature Institute officials and a host of elected officials and community leaders will gather Friday to launch the restoration of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, a project that will return the sprawling eastern New Orleans attraction to its proper place as a treasured green space for family recreation and environmental education.

Demolition of Hurricane Katrina-damaged structures has begun and plans call for construction to commence later this year on the first phase of a dynamic, new Nature Center on the 86-acre site in Joe Brown Park, with a grand opening of the project's first phase scheduled for 2015. The Nature Center's return represents a significant milestone in the recovery of the New Orleans east community.

"We're proud and happy the Nature Center is on its way back to New Orleans East," said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "As a vital, engaged community resource, the new Nature Center is certain to inspire a deeper and enduring appreciation of our natural world for all who visit.''

The $8.4 million, Phase 1 restoration will bring back many of the popular features that were built in the years following the Nature Center's 1980 opening, including a planetarium, an 8,500-square-foot Exhibit Pavilion, a glass and steel greenhouse Botany Center, classrooms, interactive educational exhibits,  a network  of trails and covered boardwalks and extensive landscaping. The design will allow for exhibits to be moved easily to convert indoor space for community events.

Built three decades ago to address an urgent community need for environmental education programming, the Nature Center will take advantage of technological advances and new construction techniques that have become more environmentally friendly and hurricane resistant. The replacement facility will be constructed to meet today's standards while anticipating future community needs.

The Louisiana Nature Center opened its doors on March 23,1980, offering a scenic interpretation of the Mississippi River Delta and Louisiana Coastal Zone in Joe Brown Park. It was among the first facilities of its kind to receive and maintain accreditation by the American Association of Museums.

In 1993, the Nature Center's board of trustees approached the Audubon Nature Institute about a merger. Recognizing that the two organizations shared a commitment to inspire people of all ages to appreciate the natural world, an agreement was forged a year later to take advantage of Audubon's proficiency in development, marketing, finance and human resources.

Renamed "Audubon Louisiana Nature Center,'' the attraction thrived under its new structure, welcoming about 85,000 annual visitors including 45,000 students who were served by outreach programs.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath left the Nature Center under six feet of water for more than a month.  Its forests were severely damaged and its interpretive spaces were destroyed.  The Nature Center has remained closed since the storm as Audubon's leadership met with representatives of FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, city and state government and community leaders to map out a restoration strategy.

The city of New Orleans recently launched a major rebuilding effort in Joe Brown Park, restoring recreational areas and adding two new stadiums for high school football and track. The Nature Center restoration is an integral part of the master plan for the area.

The new, state-of-the-art facility will introduce generations of Louisiana and Gulf Coast families to the wonders of the fragile ecosystems that they call home.
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