Inaugural Back-to-School Fest lets families visit Audubon Zoo for free this Saturday

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Audubon Nature Institute will host the inaugural Back to School Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Audubon Zoo. The event is open to all Orleans Parish public school students and their families.

Complimentary admission to the zoo will be given to the first 10,000 students and families between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. New Orleans public school students must wear a school shirt to gain entry.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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“The OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest will be the first time all New Orleans public schools will come together as a unified school community,” superintendent of schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. said. “I want to thank Audubon Nature Institute for creating this exciting event with us and for providing a fun, educational gathering for our students and families.”

The Back to School Fest will give students and families the opportunity to learn about the upcoming school year and meet fellow members of the OPSB community. The event will also feature giveaways, a variety of vendors and performances from school bands from across the city.

“It is an honor to give the students and families of New Orleans public schools the opportunity to join us at the Audubon Zoo for the inaugural OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest,” said Ron Forman, president and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute. “Audubon Nature Institute values education and any chance to grow the minds of our community’s students.”

Audubon Nature Institute offers a wide variety of educational programs ranging from field trips to summer camps. The Zoo, Aquarium, and the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are world-class attractions that offer unique experiences for students of all ages to learn about wildlife and conservation.

“The OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest is the perfect way to kick off the new school year,” said OPSB president John A. Brown, Sr. “I look forward to seeing students and families from all our schools come together and enjoy the day.”

The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, two direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

For more information on the Back to School Fest, click here or call 504-304-3520.

Learn more about unified district at the Orleans Parish School Board’s website.

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