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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Outdoor Programs

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CanoeingYoung Birders Association |
Public Nature Walks Home School Nature Walks |  Park 2 Park

Open Canoeing

June 6 - August 8 (weather permitting)
Saturday 10am - 2pm 
Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.

Check with the Outdoors team members at the lagoon behind the rec center any time during open hours. No experience necessary. Life jackets and paddles provided. First-come, first-paddle.

Class Field Trip at Joe W. Brown Park

Plan a field trip with correlated activities for your students with NORDC Outdoors at Joe W. Brown Park. Guided activities include canoeing, playing team building games, and our popular nature walks.


Young Birders Association

A bird watching club for teens in partnership with the 
Orleans Audubon Society.

Outings are generally on the second Saturday of the month, 9:30-11:30am (early bird gets the worm!). Locations vary and there are complimentary shuttles from the nearest NORDC rec center provided.

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.


Curious about what birds we’ve seen & heard during our Young Birders outings?

April 11, 2015 City Park--Couturie Forest bird checklist Highlights: Indigo Bunting, White-eyed Vireo, Green Heron


Feb 14, 2015 Bayou Sauvage bird checklist

Red winged blackbird, American white pelican, Great blue heron,
Red tailed hawk, American goldfinch, Northern_cardinal

Dec 13, 2014 City Park--Couturie Forest bird checklist

American_kestrel, Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned kinglet,
Turkey vulture,
Red-bellied woodpecker



Young Birders in the News

“Bird-watching is great for teenagers because they are beginning to think about their careers. It helps teens engage with the natural world in a mature way and practice citizen science by helping to measure the bird count," the words of NORDC's own Emily Snyder as she spoke to the New Orleans Advocate.
This article features our Young Birders Association and suggests that the benefits of participating in the program are the many skills that can be developed through bird-watching.
See the entire article here.



Park 2 Park
Free Field Trips from Parisite Skatepark

In partnership with Transitional Spaces

Explore swamps, wetlands, forests and more! Discover wildlife in amazing habitats! Parental permission is required.

NORDC Outdoors' big white van leaves from Parisite Skatepark  at Paris Ave. and Pleasure St. below I-610.

What to bring: Wear comfortable, warm clothes. We will have water, snacks, and mosquito spray. Bring a signed permission form from the mailbox on Parisite's chalkboard.


Public Nature Walks

Want to get your group out into nature, but not sure how? Let us be your guide! Experience the wonders of nature in our own back yard. Book a nature walk for a group of up to 20 people to experience the beauty of Louisiana with an experienced guide. Right now, programs are free, and can focus on your area of interest. Call or e-mail for more information. 

Home School Nature Walks

Monthly kid-friendly nature walks. To schedule, contact  Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3082 (desk), (504) 202-4042 cell or

For questions about any of our outdoor programs, contact Emily Snyder, Outdoor Programs Manager (504) 658-3082 (desk), (504) 202-4042 (cell) or


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Last updated: 5/28/2015 3:43:42 PM

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