The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans has a full roster of daily activities scheduled for children this summer. The lineup provides a unique educational experience for residents and visitors alike. Creature features, field camps, and IMAX films will have you wishing you could spend the entire summer in The Big Easy. Here are a few program highlights to help plan your visit.
Mississippi Creature Feature
The Mississippi River’s unique ecosystem is home to an incredible variety of indigenous creatures. Children can learn about them in the Mississippi Creature Feature held every Wednesday through Sunday at 4pm in the Mississippi River Gallery at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. (The gallery overlooks the Mississippi River itself.) Children will meet Spots the white alligator and learn about freshwater fish that call the Mississippi home.
Located next to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Entergy IMAX Theatre shows films every hour, 7 days a week. Kiddos can cool off with To the Arctic 3D, a documentary about a polar bear and her twin cubs surviving in the harsh Arctic environment. Or, go on an underwater adventure with Great White Shark 3D narrated by Bill Nighy (the science guy). A full listing of films and show times is available online.
Field Camp at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium recreates an entomologist’s campsite in a tropical jungle. An insect expert gives demonstrations, leads interactive games, and teaches children insect identification and classification methods. Children will get up close and personal with both live and preserved insects. Field Camp is held daily beginning at 10 am.