Locals can get free admission to Audubon Zoo, aquarium in 2020; see details

New Orleans residents can get free admission days to Audubon Nature Institute attractions in 2020.

Select free days will be offered to New Orleans residents each month at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and the Planetarium at the Louisiana Nature Center, according to the Audubon Nature Institute.

Audubon Nature Institute launched the initiative, called Audubon Community Connect, in 2019, and it will continue in 2020. The organization released a program schedule for 2020 via its website.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Every Wednesday, Orleans Parish residents with a government-issued photo ID will receive free admission with up to four guests to one of the four Audubon attractions. The free pass will rotate each week between the zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden and insectarium, and the Planetarium at the Louisiana Nature Center.

Audubon says the free days also apply to New Orleans college students. Current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Orleans Parish while attending school.

Below is the schedule for free days in 2020:

Source: Audubon Nature Institute, Audubon Orleans Parish Free Admission Days 2020 Schedule

The Zoo and other Audubon properties also have free admission daily for New Orleans residents who receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits. To get in, a SNAP participant with valid ID that matches the SNAP card will get in for free, along with up to four guests. Officials say, free admission may not be available during special events.

You can also score free admission passes via the New Orleans Public Library. Two passes are available at each branch for checkout by library cardholders, according to Audubon. Each pass provides entry for two adults and seven children for a two-week period.

What’s even more exciting is that the library also has free passes for the National WWII Museum, the Ogden Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Read more here.

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Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute offers other ways for free admission via community outreach initiatives.

Audubon offers free admission to Audubon Zoo, Aquarium and the Insectarium on Veterans Day for military service members, both active duty and retired. Complimentary admission is offered with a military ID for free admission for up to five people, including the veteran. There’s no residency requirement for veterans.

Audubon Nature Institute also offers free membership to Louisiana students with good grades. The Taylor Scholar Awards Program is funded by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. The program is open to all Louisiana students in grades 7 through 12 in public, private or parochial schools. Eligible students earn a one-year membership to the New Orleans Museum of Art and Audubon attractions for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

The free admission days are only available to Orleans Parish residents, Audubon said. Jefferson Parish residents and government employees have an annual half-price admission day, which is funded by a grant from Jefferson Parish.

For more information, visit the website.