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Art is the Driving…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

BOUNCE YA BRASS

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Join us for a fun, energized cardio bounce fitness classes with a New Orleans… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 5 - 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 5 - 5, 2016
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly presents the free Christmas New… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Dec 05, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Galatoire Foundation…

Dec 5 - 5, 2016
The Galatoire Foundation invites you to attend its 10th annual Christmas… more

Holiday Home and…

Dec 5 - 31, 2016
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will… more

House of Blues…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Need a cure for your Monday Blues? Get a dose of free live local blues music by… more

House of Blues…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Join Nicole Lynn Foxx and special guest comedian DC Paul every Monday night in… more

Miracle on Fulton…

Dec 5 - 24, 2016
NOV 22 – DEC 24 Hourly Snowfall 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gingerbread… more

Monday Blues

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

NapolĂ©on: General.…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017
M.S. Rau Antiques will host a comprehensive exhibition Napoléon:… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Featuring work by nine women artists from the island continent, this exhibition… more

The Irish House…

Dec 05, 2016
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Dec 05, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The New Movement…

Dec 5 - 26, 2016
Knockout is TNM's weekly comedy clash where two different comedy shows go… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Dec 05, 2016
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

2016 LikeMinded…

Dec 6 - 6, 2016
The Holidays are here! Join us for our Tuesday, December 6 Holiday Soiree at… more

Bounce Ya Brass

Dec 6 - 27, 2016
BOUNCE YA BRASS takes signature NOLA bounce moves and teaches them in an… more

Art is the Driving…

Dec 5 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

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

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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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