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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Outdoor Programs

Quick Links to:
Young Birders Association 
Public Nature Walks  
Home School Nature Walks  Park 2 Park

Young Birders Association

A bird watching club for teens in partnership with the 
Orleans Audubon Society.
Outings are generally on the second Saturday of the month, 9:30-11:30am (early bird gets the worm!). Locations vary and there are complimentary shuttles from the nearest NORDC rec center is provided.

Next meeting is February 14 at the Joe Madere Marsh Unit at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
Located off U.S. 90 in New Orleans East. There is no street number sign so look for the brown, Bayou Sauvage Refuge, Joe Madere sign on the south side of U.S. 90.  Meet just past the main entrance on the right or take the complimentary shuttle from Joe W. Brown Rec Center--5601 Read Blvd, departing at 9:10am.

Why: Bird watching fosters a huge number of skills necessary for a successful life, such as focus, patience, critical thinking, and closeness to nature.  For those interested in a career in any kind of field science, it also teaches observation and analytical skills, identification, the ability to use and compile research data, and nature literacy. It may also open the opportunity to do real citizen science and make a difference for our local birds.

Young Birders in the News

“Bird-watching is great for teenagers because they are beginning to think about their careers. It helps teens engage with the natural world in a mature way and practice citizen science by helping to measure the bird count," the words of NORDC's own Emily Snyder as she spoke to the New Orleans Advocate.
This article features our Young Birders Association and suggests that the benefits of participating in the program are the many skills that can be developed through bird-watching.
See the entire article here.

Public Nature Walks

Experience the wonders of nature in our own back yard. Meet either at the location, or at the designated NORDC rec center for complimentary transportation to the trailheads. All walks begin at 12noon

January 27
Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse

Meet at the front of the park or take the complimentary shuttle from Cut-Off Rec Center departing at 11:40am.

Directions to Woodlands Park
From downtown New Orleans, take the Crescent City Connection to the Westbank.  Take the General DeGaulle East exit (9B). Merge onto General DeGaulle and travel 2.9 miles, continuing over the Intracoastal Canal. Enter the traffic circle at the end of the bridge ramp and exit left to go under the bridge.  Drive 0.6 miles on Highway 406/Woodland Hwy to the caution light. Turn left at the caution light onto F. Edward Hebert Blvd.  Continue 0.6 Miles. The entrance is on the left.  Drive on the dirt road along the canal to the parking area at the trailhead.


February 3
Bayou Savage

Optional complimentary shuttle departs from Joe W. Brown Rec Center at 11:40am.


February 10
Couturie Arboretum
1009 Harrison Ave.
Meet at the trail head for Courturie Forest in City Park or take
complimentary shuttle from Gernon Brown Rec Center at 11:50am.


February 24
Jean Lafitte National Park-- Coquille Trail

Meet at the trail head in the parking lot, found by following Barataria Blvd all the way into the park or take complimentary shuttle from from Behrman Rec Center at 11:30

Home School Nature Walks

Monthly kid-friendly nature walks. To schedule, contact  Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3082 (desk), (504) 202-4042 cell or

Park 2 Park

New Afterschool program with transitional spaces. Groups walk and canoe through swamps, wetlands, bottomland forests, and bayous where they learn about planets and animals. Parental permission is required.
Sessions are held every first and  third Thursday of the month, leaving at 4pm from parisite skate park and returning by dark.


For questions about any of our outdoor programs, contact Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3082 (desk), (504) 202-4042 (cell) or


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Last updated: 1/22/2015 12:44:03 PM

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