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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Outdoor Programs

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

Young Birders Association

A bird watching club for teens presented by NORDC and the Orleans Audubon Society

Where: A different location every month, with a pickup at the closest NORDC rec center. 

When: Generally, the second Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:30 am. It seems early, but that’s when the birds are up!
Next Meeting is January 10 - Check back for location and time!

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.

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. 

Check back with us for the next Nature Walk!

Home School Nature Walks

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

Winter Break Camp
Presented by NORDC and LOOP

What: A day camp for kids ages 8-11 who want something fun and interesting to do over winter break. We’ll play fun, new games, canoe, do hands-on science, and take field trips to nearby natural areas.

When: Weekdays, Dec. 22 – Jan. 2, 9am-3pm (except for Christmas Eve & Day and New Year’s Eve & Day).  

Where: Joe W. Brown Park. We’ll meet at the pavilion by the sundial (on the right before you cross the lagoon).

Other things to know: Students should dress for the weather. We’ll go inside when we really need to, but we’ll be outside for the majority of the day, and it’ll be cold! Kids can handle it, if they’re dressed appropriately for it. Students should also bring a lunch, as we will not be serving food to them.  

Registration is full.

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


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Last updated: 12/18/2014 10:37:29 AM

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