Free Wednesdays for Nola Locals at the Audubon Institute

Summer is just about over and I’m wondering if y’all took advantage of Free Wednesday’s provided by the Audubon Community Connect Program??

If you forgot starting in January 2019 New Orleans residents, we’re offered free admission each month to the Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the insectarium and the planetarium.

Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with a government-issued photo ID will receive free admission with up to four guests to Audubon attractions, rotating each week from the zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden and insectarium and the planetarium at the Louisiana Nature Center.

The current schedule calls for one free day monthly at the zoo and the aquarium. Click here for the full schedule.

Free Audubon Institute access isn’t limited to Wednesdays, though.

Free for SNAP recipients

The zoo and other Audubon properties also will have free admission daily for New Orleans residents who receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits. To get in, a SNAP participant with valid ID that matches the SNAP card will get in for free, along with up to four guests. Free admission may not be available during special events, officials said.

Free passes at New Orleans libraries

The New Orleans Public Library and the Audubon Nature Institute have partnered to offer the public the opportunity to check out an Audubon Nature Institute Partner Pass from all 15 Library locations. Each pass provides free entrance for up to 2 adults and 7 children (ages 18 and under) during regular operating hours to:
– Audubon Zoo
– Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – Entergy Giant Screen Theater
– Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
– Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Planetarium

(Passes are not valid for after-hours events or ticketed special events)

All 15 Library locations have two Audubon Nature Institute passes available for Library cardholders to check out.

Audubon Nature Institute Partner Pass Guidelines:
· Pass must be returned to the same Library location from where it was checked out.
· Lending period is 2 weeks.
· Overdue fines are $1 per day, max $20.
· Lost/unreturned fees are $200.
· Passes may not be returned and checked out again by the same person on the same day.
· Only one, of any, partner pass may be checked out at one time.

The library also has free museum passes to check out for the National WWII Museum, the Ogden Museum, Longue Vue House and Gardens and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Read more about the museum pass program.

Annual free day for veterans

Audubon also offers free admission to the zoo and the insectarium on Veterans Day for military service members, both active duty and retired. You must show a military ID for free admission for up to five people, including the veteran. There’s no residency requirement for veterans.

Free admission for Louisiana students with good grades

For the past 20 years, Audubon Nature Institute has offered free memberships to Louisiana students with good grades. The Taylor Scholar Awards Program is funded by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

The Taylor Scholars Awards Program is open to all Louisiana students in grades 7 through 12 in public, private or parochial schools. Eligible students earn a one-year membership to the New Orleans Museum of Art and Audubon attractions for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Read more.

In the 2016/2017 school year, the program funded memberships for more than 211,000 high-achieving students.

How is the Orleans Parish program funded?

For more information about Audubon Nature Institute’s current

This offer is only for Orleans Parish residents. However, current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Orleans Parish while attending school.

Q: What do you need to show proof of residency?
If a resident’s photo ID does not list their current address in Orleans Parish, secondary documentation confirming residency will be required; such as a utility bill, bank statement, lease agreement, recent paystub, or any other official documentation that lists the resident’s full name and address in Orleans Parish, will be required. Current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Orleans Parish while attending school.

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Photo credit Garyione Hollins
Photo credit Garyione Hollins
Photo credit Garyione Hollins
Photo credit Garyione Hollins

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