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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Outdoor Programs



Pop-Up Opportunities for Public Canoeing at Joe W. Brown
During the summer our outdoor programs are exclusively dedicated to serving summer camp groups.  However, we sporadically have schedule gaps (sometimes on very short notice) and will offer these “pop-up opportunities” to the general public (dates below).  Enjoy a relaxing canoe experience in the lagoon with professional instructors to assist participants of all skill levels and abilities.  Canoeing is FREE and open to ages 2 and older (but must be able to fit into a life jacket).  No experience necessary.

Pop-Up Canoe Dates/Times
Please check in at the lagoon behind the rec center.     
Thursday, July 24 from 3:30-7:00
Friday July 25 10:00am - 3:30pm
Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1, 12:30-3:30
Monday-Thursday, August 4-7, 9:30-12:30

Dates and times are subject to change.  Please check back here the day before you plan to canoe to confirm.



Outdoor Programs will resume in Fall 2014 with: 

Family Canoe Days
This program provides a bonding experience for families through teambuilding activities and canoeing in the lagoon at Joe W. Brown Park. Families will spend half the day playing games that strengthen their communication and teamwork skills, then canoe together to solidify those skills and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Please come dressed for cold weather! We will be outside the entire time. Please be advised that you do NOT need to know how to swim in order to participate! Every participant will wear a life jacket, which will be provided.  The goal is that no one goes in the water!

Roots & Sprouts
A fun, developmentally appropriate program for toddlers with a parent/guardian, designed to introduce them to the wonders of nature in order to spark their creativity and enhance learning. This is a great opportunity to bond with toddlers and learn how to foster a positive, connected relationship with the world.  This is a shine-only program. We won't meet in the rain, but we will meet in the cold! Make sure you're dressed appropriately. Snacks will sometimes be offered. Please inform staff of any food allergies. 


Nature Club
Nature Club is an opportunity to get children outside, engaging with nature in the ways that are natural to childhood. The club will intertwine structured activities with times for participant-led exploration of natural spaces. Activities might include making bird feeders, planting and maintaining a small garden, nature trail scavenger hunts, dip netting, canoeing, trash pickups, reading topical books, art projects, running-around games, and an assortment of other games and ideas that get children thinking about their place in the natural world, and their relationship to it. Each session will have planned activities, and leave enough time open for participants to explore. When a child requests an activity (which they inevitably will), it will be deeply considered and worked into the curriculum to better cater to the curiosities and interests of participants. 

Teens for a Greener New Orleans
This provides an opportunity for teens to make a positive impact in their city and their planet. They will work together to create environmental projects of their choosing and be guided through putting those projects into action. Examples of possible projects include campaigns against litter, cleanups, energy saving efforts in schools, etc. This is a program for teenagers who are dedicated to making a difference. Dress for the weather because our meetings will be outside. 

Kindergarten Class Field Trip
Get your class involved wiht a multi-session class that will let your students explore, play and discover.  

For NORDC Summer Camp Partner Organizations 

Sign up for a field trip experience with NORDC Outdoors! Give your students the chance to come canoe and play fun teambuilding games at Joe W. Brown Park. While only children 10 and older are eligible for canoeing opportunities, younger children can come play games and do nature activities that will help them learn in fun, hands-on ways.

For camps that remember working with LOOP in the past, this is a very similar option, with identical values and a nearly identical format. However, because it’s run through NORDC, we can offer it to NORDC camps FREE OF CHARGE! Field trip times are from 10:00-11:45 and 1:00-2:45 every weekday starting on Tuesday, June 3, and are available to 25 students at a time. All events take place at Joe W. Brown Park. Camps should call or e-mail soon the reserve their spots.


For questions or concerns regarding any of our outdoor programs, contact Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3000 or


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Last updated: 7/24/2014 1:36:12 PM

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