Audubon Louisiana Nature Center to Open in Fall 2015
NEW ORLEANS (text version) - Audubon Nature Institute has launched 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 begin soon on the first phase of a dynamic, new Nature Center on the 86-acre site in Joe Brown Park.
"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.''
Highlights of the $8.4 million restoration project are:
* a planetarium
* an 8,500-square-foot Exhibit Pavilion
* a glass and steel greenhouse Botany Center
* innovative classrooms
* interactive educational exhibits
* a network of trails and covered boardwalks
"The reopening of the Nature Center will be a cornerstone in
the revitalization of the New Orleans East community.
It will provide economic growth, learning opportunities for
students and a fun place where families can make
Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., President of Coaxum Enterprises
and Chairman of the NOLA Business Alliance
The grand opening of the project's first phase is scheduled for 2015.
Visit www.AudubonInstitute.org for more information.