By Associated Press - Thursday, January 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Audubon Nature Institute says three new programs offer free admission to New Orleans residents. Together, the institute calls them Community Connect .

“Audubon believes we can always do more through outreach, access and education,” said Rebecca Dietz, executive vice president of public affairs and general counsel.

One opens four facilities on a rotating basis each Wednesday. The first Wednesday of each month opens the Aquarium of the Americas to one Orleans Parish resident with a valid government-issued photo ID and four guests.

That’s followed in order by the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, the Audubon Zoo, and the planetarium at the Louisiana Nature center. When a month has five Wednesdays, the fifth is also at the planetarium.

The institute also is providing free year-round admission for Orleans Parish residents on the federal food program called SNAP. There are restrictions on special events. That program also lets one adult bring four guests; the adult must have a valid photo ID and matching SNAP card.

The third program provides two-week passes that can be checked out at any New Orleans public library. Each library gets three passes to Audubon Nature Institute facilities under the library’s Museum Partner Pass program. Those are good for two adults and seven children.

“We are thrilled that the Audubon Nature Institute has partnered with us to join our Museum Pass program,” said Charles Brown, city librarian and executive director of the New Orleans Public Library System.

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