Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education

Location: PO Box 4327 New Orleans LA 70178 USA

Mission: Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and Audubon Wilderness Park. Audubon opened its 10th facility in Summer 2008 - Audubon Insectarium.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Audubon Nature Institute Inc. (ANI) is an extraordinary nonprofit entity. I am happy to comment on a few highlights of its work in our community and its extraordinary impact across the state.

ANI brings the wonders of nature, through it many programs and exhibitions in and around New Orleans, to families from this state and the region. Through the zoo, the aquarium, the butterfly garden and the Imax theatre, the children of this state, and our visitors from all over the world, learn about the world around us in an exciting and educational way. Our children are the better for these fun and educational experiences. ANI reaches out to our community in many ways which demonstrably makes New Orleans a better place. For instance, in its partnership with the Taylor Scholars, ANI awards admission to students from across the state who maintain their grades at a 2.5 or better--it teaches the life lesson of hard work, persistence and success, and it brings a tangible award/encouragement for good performance,. It also exposes our children to more educational adventures at the different ANI programs and exhibits. ANI is a great community asset as New Orleans works to grow family tourism, providing many of the highest quality family related attractions in our area. Finally, ANI is also a good steward of its resources, both from admissions fees and from donations. ANI has a proven track record of thoughtfully putting these resources to work to create exceptional value through its programs and exhibits.
Thank you. Ted

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it get even more funding to continue to create more exceptional family opportunities to experience the wonders of nature.

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Simply the Best board to serve on. The Audubon Family is so involved in the community and it shows by the number of people who visit Audubon facilities on a repeat basis.

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2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Audubon Nature Institute offers so much, in fact, tops the list in New Orleans by far!
The Zoo,the Aquarium, Insectarium/Butterfly,Nature Center,Species Survival Center,
Imax, and Aud Park are our great assets, to be enjoyed by all who live here and all our visitors!
Pleasure, history, education, fun, all wrapped up into one phenomenal experience for all ages!

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Life-changing

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2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

great organization!!! brings super educational programs to the community.

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nothing. great team running this non profit.

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Life-changing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Audubon institute is a wonderful organization. I have had many opportunities to witness first hand the ways it touches our community. My board experience had been positive. I am consistently impressed with how well organized and well managed the institute is. I am happy to donate my time money to this not for profit!

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2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Audubon Nature institute strives continually to improve it's facilities and it's programs. It's a leader amongst other institutes of the same caliber and helps to drive the education in the arena. Ron Forman has turned the zoo around almost single handedly and made it an example for other top zoo's around the country to follow as a model. In aaddition, the preservation and restoration of the Olmsted Audubon park has been if recent note and the facilities there are becoming more and more state of the art to the public with the inclusion of a golf course and many other mind and body enhancing experiences. The Awuarium and Insectarium provide joy and education most importantly to our youth and all others that are consistently welcomed each day. I am an honored and oud to young Board member and will continue to use the same resolve set by example by Ron Forman to continue to be a good steward to the institute.

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Make Audubon Park golf course a private country club

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2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I live very near Audubon park(3 blocks away). I have been a member of the zoo and have had the pleasure of being able to use the park as a walking and biking path for very many years. In the the last 20 years , the Park and all its myriad of facilities has gone from "good to great". The park and the golf course are a joy to behold and use. It is rare that you can walk in a public park that is exceedingly well used and find not one trash can that is stuffed , not one shelter that has litter, a children's playground that is constantly used and clean and well manicured. The zoo, the Aquarium and the insectarium are always full of children and adults(me too) enjoying these facilities. It makes me so proud to see the numbers of out of town visitors who take the streetcar to the park, walk thru the park to the zoo. I am amazed that no matter when you go to the zoo(I have 5 grandchildren) that while crowded at times, the litter has been picked up, the animals appear to be comfortable-- even the petting zoo is exceptionally well managed. I am very proud of New Orleans and Audubon Nature Instiitutei! I believe,that Audubon is the reason that the quality of life in this city is so satisfying. Come walk with me in the park one morning at 6:30 am and you will understand!

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I would only hope that they will continue to expand.

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A lot

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2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

my daughter has volunteered as a zookeeper since 4 grade she is now a junior in college they not only help the animals but the kids become well rounded we have grown more socially and environmentally friendly and we would like to thank you for giving to us and your community you have become and extended family and a sourse of stability especially after returning ffrom katrina she worried about the animals she cared for and kept in touch with the workers we wereall glad to return and find something wonderful you guys

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2011

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