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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 13 - May 21, 2016
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18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 13 - Mar 31, 2016
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Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 13 - 27, 2016
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Backyard Grooves

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
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Bolden Bar After-Party

Feb 13 - 13, 2016

Cooking Demonstration…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is pleased to announce that Erik… more

Critter Cinema,…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
Join us for  Critter Cinema, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA.  Great… more

Double Dose

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Food Truck…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016

Irma Thomas' 75th…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
Delgado Community College is honoring the beloved “Soul Queen of New… more

Jazz Market Family Day

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
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Mama's Music

Feb 13, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Michael Meads: Bent,…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
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Offsite Pet Adoption,…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
Offsite Pet Adoption, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA will be held at Feet… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 13 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

Solo Sessions Concert…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
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The Foundation…

Feb 13 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 13 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The House of Groove

Feb 13, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Music of the…

Feb 13 - 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 13 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Frank Donze
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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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