Aquarium to let La. residents in free

The Audubon Nature Institute will thank Louisiana residents for their support by offering them free admission to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors to the aquarium are immersed in an underwater world, surrounded by exotic sea creatures in the 4,200-square-foot Great Maya Reef, entertained by penguins and often awestruck by the gigantic sharks, tarpon and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit.

Visitors must have a photo ID or other valid proof of Louisiana residency to get the free admission. The offer is not valid for the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Zoo or the Entergy Giant Screen Theater.

The Audubon Aquarium is at 1 Canal St. Visit audubon for hours and additional information.

Sierra Club speaker to discuss coastal plan

The Orleans Sierra Club will present a free talk Nov. 8 by Bob Marshall, environmental writer for The Lens, about the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.

The master plan is designed to address the state’s massive loss of coastal wetlands.

The free meeting will be at Rogers Memorial Chapel, 1229 Broadway, on the Tulane University campus.

It will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Marshall will speak from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Call (504) 307-0187 with questions.

Audubon Zoo to hold Special Needs Day

Audubon Zoo will hold its fourth annual Special Needs Day on Saturday, offering visitors of all ages with special needs an opportunity to connect with nature in a family-friendly setting.

Activities scheduled for the Capital One field and stage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include encounters with hand-held animals, live entertainment and a social services fair with organizations providing information about special-needs resources in the area.

In addition to visits with live animals and a chance to explore Audubon Zoo, the program includes performances by youth dancers from local churches, face painting by Joyful Jennie the clown and an appearance by Boudreaux, the New Orleans Zephyrs’ mascot.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a Special Needs Day visitor can purchase reduced-price admission tickets in advance and donate them. To purchase tickets, email

Special Needs Day is sponsored by The Bardell Company and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Admission to the zoo is $18.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 2 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free.

NORDC workshops to explain summer camp

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will hold two technical assistance workshops Wednesday to explain opportunities for organizations to partner with NORDC during its 2016 summer camp session.

All organizations that provide quality summer programming or services for children ages 4 to 15 are invited to attend.

During the workshops, NORDC representatives will answer questions about summer camp programming and explain the details and time line for the application process, the documents required to partner with the city and funding opportunities for partners.

The workshops will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joe W. Brown Center, 5601 Read Blvd., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rosenwald Center, 1120 S. Broad St.

Those who cannot attend either session may contact Special Programs Director Jahanna Cannon-Brightman at or (504) 658-3010.