HomeZooAquariumInsectariumNature CenterGolf & ParksTicketsDonateNewsroomNewsletter Sign Up

Copyright © Audubon Nature Institute, 2020  Privacy Policy 

BACK TO TOP

Join us for the kick-off to Party for the Planet presented by Entergy with Spring Into Action! on March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Enjoy hands-on discovery with our conservation neighbors and fun opportunities to experience nature including a complimentary night sky demonstration in the Planetarium. Pick up your Passport to Action at the Entergy table when you arrive. Get stamps by meeting local conservation neighbors and completing hands-on discovery activities. Complete the passport to get your Action Badge and win an eco-friendly prize!

Earth Day Family Service Day is a fun way to make a positive impact on the environment by participating in outdoor service activities, such as invasive plant species removal, with Audubon educators and conservation neighbors. You can earn an Earth Day Family Service Day Action Badge! Admission to this event is free to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. 

Endangered Species Day at Audubon Zoo offers you the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species while enjoying animal care chats and interactive activities from Audubon animal care staff, educators, and conservation neighbors. Take a conservation journey by visiting outposts in the Zoo to learn about the endangered species that call Audubon home. Pick up a Passport to Action at the Entergy table. Get passport stamps at local outposts in the Zoo. Complete the passport to get your Action Badge and win an eco-friendly prize! 

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. It offers you the opportunity to learn how humans impact our ocean and marine life while enjoying animal care chats and interactive activities from Audubon animal care staff, educators, and conservation neighbors. Pick up your seed paper card and Passport to Action at the Entergy table. Ride a conservation wave through the Aquarium to collect stamps by meeting our conservation partners and completing hands-on discovery and interactive experiences. Complete the passport to get your Action Badge and win an eco-friendly prize!  

National Pollinator Week is a celebration of the valuable ecological roles played by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other pollinators. Pollination Celebration offers guests the opportunity to learn about the crucial relationship between animal, plant, and human life while enjoying educational chats and interactive activities with Audubon entomology staff, educators, and conservation neighbors. You are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite pollinator! Pick up your Passport to Action at the Entergy table. Flit around the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium to find fun factoids about your favorite pollinators. Complete the passport to get  your Action Badge and win eco-friendly prizes!

JOIN US IN PROTECTING THE NATURAL WORLD

Learn More About Our Virtual Events Below

Party for the Planet has gone virtual!

SPRING INTO ACTION

MARCH 28

10 AM – 3PM
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

SEE MAP

EARTH DAY FAMILY SERVICE DAY

APRIL 18

10 AM – 12 PM
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

SEE MAP

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

MAY 16

SEE MAP

10 AM – 3 PM
Audubon Zoo

INCLUDED IN ZOO ADMISSION & FREE FOR AUDUBON MEMBERS

ADMISSION TO THIS EVENT IS FREE!

INCLUDED IN AQUARIUM ADMISSION & FREE FOR AUDUBON MEMBERS

June 6

WORLD OCEANS DAY

10 AM – 3 PM
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

SEE MAP

INCLUDED IN BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM ADMISSION & FREE FOR AUDUBON MEMBERS

POLLINATION CELEBRATION

JUNE 20

10 AM – 3PM
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

SEE MAP

Series Presented By

JOIN US IN PROTECTING THE NATURAL WORLD

BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP

Party for the Planet presented by Entergy is a series of virtual events and activities celebrating the wonders of nature.

REGISTER HERE

POSTPONED

POSTPONED

Watch, Learn, & Share!

Create a Wildlife Habitat!

Choose Sustainable Products!

Be the first to hear about Party for the Planet Activities

Being in nature has so many benefits for keeping us healthy and happy. Connect with nature right in your own yard or a local park (safely!) by observing local habitats and sharing what you find. Visit AZA partner the Children & Nature Network for resources to connect to nature safely during the pandemic, and check out these programs and apps that can help you identify and learn about local wildlife and become a citizen scientist!

Connect with Nature!

FrogWatchUSA – Join volunteers across the United States in listening and recording what frogs are in your community through AZA’s FrogWatchUSA program. Learn and practice the proper protocol for listening and identifying species and share your data with scientists to help track and better understand frog species.

FrogWatchUSA

iNaturalist - A joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, the iNaturalist app helps you get connected to a community of over 750,000 scientist to identify plants and wildlife around you. Their Seek app uses image recognition to assist you in identifying the plants and animals around you. It’s easy! Get outside and point your camera at the wildlife and habitat around you. The app will help you identify what you’re seeing and even give you fun facts about the organism.

iNaturalist

eBird was created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology to record and track bird watching data. Become a citizen scientist providing researchers with real-time data about the birds in your backyard to support education and conservation.

eBird

Leafsnap - Are you curious about the flowers and trees you see in your community? Take a picture of the plants you see and the Leafsnap app will identify them for you so you can learn more.

LeafsnapProject FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch encourages you to set up a bird feeder outside your window to help wildlife and add some family fun. Experiment with different types of seeds and nuts to see who visits. Record your observations at home or on this app to help scientists know when birds are appearing across the country during peak migration periods, along with setting trends of populations that may be staying in areas longer than in the past.

Merlin Bird ID

The Merlin Bird ID app will ask you to describe what you’re seeing in a few questions, narrow it down, and make you a backyard bird expert. You can even download regional bird packs and scroll through all the birds that frequent your area.

You can help native wildlife right at home by making your yard a healthy habitat for bees, birds, butterflies, and more.

Build a Bee condo. Visit our partner National Wildlife Federation for instructions for this project you can do with items you have around the house.

Add water! Provide a birdbath in your yard to give birds a place to drink and bathe. Add a pollinator bath for bees and butterflies by placing a shallow bowl with rocks and water in a protected area near native plants.

Make your garden count! For tips to make your yard and garden most friendly to native wildlife and pollinators, learn how to certify your Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation and register it as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

Whether you are getting delivery or safely visiting local stores, you can still support healthy habitats by making sustainable choices with the food and other products you buy. Check out these apps and logos to look for to help make sustainable choices easier to make.

Audubon G.U.L.F. Seafood App – The sustainable seafood experts of Audubon’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries program provide you with all the information and resources you need to choose sustainable seafood in the Gulf South. Gulf of Mexico seafood falls under some of the best fisheries management in the world, so when buying seafood at a restaurant or grocery store, choosing Gulf seafood means you are making a healthy, delicious, and sustainable choice.

Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App - Created by fellow AZA-accredited institution the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, this app helps you make orangutan-friendly choices at the grocery store. Scan the barcode and learn if the company has committed to certified sustainable palm oil. If you chose an item that isn’t sustainable, the app makes suggestions for selecting alternative products to purchase.

Look for the FSC®-certified logo - All species of great apes are endangered, and their continued existence depends on the conservation of rainforests. Small actions can have a large impact overtime – using Forest Stewardship Council®-certified products means you are supporting responsibly managed forests.

Look for coffee with the Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly® logo - Growing coffee can sometimes mean the destruction of habitats critical for migratory birds and other wildlife. Make your morning brew bird friendly by choosing coffee Bird Friendly® certified to help protect birds and other wildlife every morning.

Start composting at home! – Choosing food that was grown or harvested in ways that keep habitats healthy is a great start, but what happens at your house? Composting at home means food scraps or yard waste can be turned into dirt that enriches soil instead of ending up in a landfill. Using compost in your yard and garden can also help you reduced the use of chemical fertilizers, making it safer and healthier for wildlife. Click the link to learn more about ways to compost at home and check out resources in your community. Here in New Orleans, an organization called Compost NOW does community composting scrap collection at local libraries. Their collections are temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but check out their website and social media to learn more and find out when collections resume.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Apps

Audubon Youth Volunteer Sustainability Tips

How can you be sustainable at home right now? Our Youth Volunteers are here with some tips and tricks! 🌎 Party for the Planet presented by Entergy! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SqwQwg #PartyForThePlanet #WeAreAZA #SpringIntoAction

Posted by Audubon Nature Institute on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Even though we can’t be together, we can still #PartyForThePlanet together on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. You can...

Posted by Audubon Nature Institute on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Come Together Virtually!

Lubber Grasshopper Nymphs

Tis the season! Have you spotted any lubber grasshopper nymphs lately? 🔍 Keep your eyes peeled like our Entomologist Zack and you may just spot a few clusters. #ClosedButStillCaring Party for the Planet presented by Entergy! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SqwQwg #PartyForThePlanet #WeAreAZA #SpringIntoAction

Posted by Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Sunday, April 19, 2020
BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP
BACK TO TOP

In honor of Endangered Species Week!

Endangered Species Week

It's #EndangeredSpeciesWeek! Audubon is getting creative with its Party for the Planet presented by Entergy series of events while closed due to COVID-19. This year, Audubon will host the events virtually and invite the community to participate while staying safe at home. 🌎 Read more: https://bit.ly/3cvCrJb #PartyForThePlanet #WeAreAZA While Audubon facilities are closed, supporters can help the dedicated staff who continue to provide outstanding care for the animals that they love by donating to the Audubon Recovery Fund: https://bit.ly/3eC0l7E #ClosedButStillCaring

Posted by Audubon Nature Institute on Sunday, May 10, 2020

African penguins have been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered. With...

Posted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Monday, May 11, 2020

Sumatran orangutans have been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically...

Posted by Audubon Zoo on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Whooping cranes have been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered. In early...

Posted by Audubon Nature Institute on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
BACK TO TOP
#EndangeredSpeciesWeek

It's #EndangeredSpeciesWeek! Tune in to hear about a couple endangered insect species from entomologist Zack. Party for the Planet presented by Entergy! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SqwQwg #PartyForThePlanet #WeAreAZA

Posted by Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Thursday, May 14, 2020

It's #WorldOceansDay! Help protect the ocean by practicing the Four R’s: 👚 Reduce 🛍️ Reuse ♻️ Recycle 🥤 Refuse These...

Posted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Monday, June 8, 2020

If you love fish, just like our penguins do, eating sustainably sourced seafood is the best way to ensure there is...

Posted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Thursday, June 11, 2020

In honor of World Oceans Week!

Coral reefs provide important services that enhance coastal protection, fisheries, medical research, and tourism. In...

Posted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pollination Celebration!

Happy #PollinatorWeek! Flowers don’t just happen. Pollination is the process that results in seed formation, and thus...

Posted by Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Thursday, June 25, 2020

We need insects to maintain healthy ecosystems, including the plants in those systems. As humans alter habitat, the...

Posted by Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Saturday, June 27, 2020
#PollinatorWeek

Happy #PollinatorWeek! Tune in to learn what all the buzz is about… 🐝 Party for the Planet presented by Entergy! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SqwQwg #PartyForThePlanet #WeAreAZA #PollinationCelebration

Posted by Audubon Zoo on Friday, June 26, 2020