Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.
Celebrating the Wonders of Nature
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Wilderness Park, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
Mr. L. Ronald Forman
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
Education, Preservation, Nature Exhibit, Wildlife, Animals, Zoo, Aquarium, Park, Recreation, Entertainment, New Orleans
Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)
Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)
Education N.E.C. (B99)
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The problems that Audubon Nature Institute addresses are: the threat of extinction facing species of wildlife in Louisiana and across the globe, the need for deeper public engagement in wildlife and environment conservation, and the need for more robust informal science and nature-based educational opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Area.
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Museums and Parks
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums and parks on behalf of the City of New Orleans with the unifying purpose of celebrating the wonders of nature. Recently, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas opened a first-of-its-kind interactive high-capacity virtual reality (HCVR) experience where guests will take a virtual reality dive into a beautiful 360 degree coral reef environment to help restore the ecosystem. In 2017, Audubon Zoo welcomed two Brazilian ocelots and a female Western lowland gorilla from other zoos and celebrated the birth of two lemur babies and two Barasingha deer. Audubon Louisiana Nature Center reopened to the public in the fall of 2017, reclaiming its signature role as a unique community resource for nature education and family fun. Each year, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium celebrates holidays with bug themed events like Crawloween, Hoppy Thanksgiving, and Jingle Bugs where guests can have close-up encounters with critters, participate in activities, and try bug treats. Audubon Park offers a spring and fall complimentary concert series, Music Under the Oaks, where families can enjoy a relaxing late afternoon concert under the Audubon Park oaks. Audubon Nature Institute offers a variety of engaging education programs across all facilities.
Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center is home to several conservation program. Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW) is a modern-day ark dedicated to preserving species that are vulnerable in the wild and to sustaining populations in human care. Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) promotes sustainable fishing practices through holistic, science-based fishery management programs, fosters a community that is knowledgeable ad invested in Gulf seafood, and creates a more stable and confident fishing industry. Coastal Wildlife Network (CWN) is committed to the humane care and treatment of injured, ill, or displaced marine animals and sea turtles. The rescue program is committed to animal rescues and community outreach in an effort to promote ocean and coastal conservation.
Community Education Programs
Audubon Nature Institute offers a variety of opportunities for students of all ages to learn about animals and conservation through our Community Education Programs. The Taylor/Audubon Students and Scholars Program gives high-achieving students in grades 7 through 12 statewide free Audubon memberships as part of the ongoing initiative established by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to reward Louisiana residents who work hard and earn good grades. Audubon youth volunteer programs (including Aquakids, Jr. Keepers, Jr. Naturalists, Eco Krewe, Youth Conservation Corps, and Eco Ambassadors) offer training curriculum designed to expand students’ knowledge of the natural world through hands-on learning activities, field trips and interactive sessions with animal staff. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and public speaking. And, Audubon outreach vehicles (including AquaVan sponsored by Chevron, BugMobile, Wetland Express sponsored by The New Orleans Pelicans, and ZOOmobile sponsored in part by Shell) bring the magic of an Audubon experience to schools and community centers across the Greater New Orleans Region. Outreach vehicle presentations feature amazing animals, enthusiastic presenters, hands-on activities, and an endless fascination of nature’s wonders.
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Audubon Nature Institute's purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature is woven into our vision of creating a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. This vision is fulfilled by eight objectives that support our mission: Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality, exhibit the diversity of wildlife, preserve native Louisiana habitats, educate our diverse audience about the natural world, enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation, provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings, operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks and weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.
Audubon Nature Institute, through its parks, facilities and programs, will maximize current resources (both staff and technology) to reach a diverse audience and create a state-of-the-art experience that inspires repeat business.
Audubon will create a citizenry of empowered environmental stewards through our museum and park experiences and education programs; will continue to be recognized worldwide as a leader in the preservation of endangered species through our scientific efforts and cooperative initiatives; and will embrace sustainability in operations and construction.
Over the last several years, Audubon has been through a period of tremendous change and growth. Audubon's executive team and board have determined that continuing to utilize the critical issues and goals as the basis of our strategic plan is the best option as new capital projects are built, new programs are launched, and procedures are refined to ensure that positive changes take root. Members of senior staff meet regularly to review objectives and milestones to guide Audubon. Their updates to the strategic plan encompass a vision that transforms the Audubon that courageously recovered from the challenges of Hurricane Katrina into an international destination for family fun—and a recognized leader in wildlife and coastal conservation.
Audubon will conduct assessments of its performance by gathering and analyzing information. Members of senior staff will convene on a regular basis to review performance and reassess goals, outcomes, strategies, and action steps and to make recommendations for changes and revisions to the strategic plan.
Celebrating the Wonders of Nature in a city where celebrations are woven into the basic fabric of life, each member of Audubon Nature Institute's family has been greeted with success, measured in such tangibles as: visitor attendance which far surpasses projections; the hatching of critically endangered birds such as Mississippi sandhill cranes and whooping cranes; the births of endangered species including Amur leopards and a Sumatran orangutan; and research firsts such as the birth of endangered African wildcats through the use of assisted reproductive technologies like cloning. The annual economic impact of Audubon is estimated at $583 million, with a significant increase to $996 million expected after Audubon 2020 projects are completed (J. Richardson, The Role of Audubon Nature Institute in the Greater New Orleans Area, 2014).
These successes are all indicators of how Audubon is leading the rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina - to make our city and our future even brighter. Our state capital outlay request will build upon these successes, giving a strong framework to ensure Audubon Nature Institute continues to provide a stimulus for tourism for the city, a positive economic impact for the state, and a cultural and conservation resource for the region.
Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.
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