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Ashe Cultural Arts Center | 504-569-9070

Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an effort to combine the intentions of neighborhood and economic development with the awesome creative forces of community, culture and art to revive and reclaim a historically significant corridor in Central City New Orleans: Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard, formerly known as Dryades Street.

Audubon Nature Institute

• Aqua Van-Imaginative programming from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Contact Ed Gary @ 378-2637 or click on website. • Bugmobile-A free outreach program that teachers about the Formosan subterranean termite and other interesting insects. Contact Liberty Billberg @ 504-212-5197 or click on the website. • Wetlands Express-A mobile wetland wildlife education program. Phone 504-212-5183 or click on the website. • Zoomobile-The wonders of nature travel to you from the Audubon Zoo. Contact Sarah Valley @ 504-212-5349 or click on the website. Audubon Nature Institute offers exciting, educational and entertaining field trips at economical rates. Request your date online, download a form, or call a reservationist at 800-774-7394. Did you know Audubon’s Education Departments offer programs to school groups to add value to your visit? Learn more about Jungle School, a special program for 3rd-5th graders to learn about the rainforest ecosystem or Coast to Classroom, a new Distance Learning Program teaching the importance of Coastal Conservation and Restoration or Shark School, a special aquatic program for 3rd-5th graders to learn about the value of sharks and a healthy ocean.

Backstreet Cultural Museum | 504-303-9058

A powerhouse of knowledge, the Backstreet Cultural Museum is the essence of New Orleans. Its historic location is filled with exhibits reflecting aspects of the unique cultural traditions and institutions of African-American culture in New Orleans – Mardi Gras Indians, Jazz Funerals and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.

Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program | 985-447-0868

Established in 1991, the mission of the Barataria-Terreborne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is the preservation and restoration at the Barataria-Terreborne estuarine system, the 4.2 million acre region between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, The BTNEP strives to rebuild and protect the estuary for future generations through the implementation of a science-based, consensus-driven plan that utilizes partnerships focused on the estuary’s rich cultural, economic, and natural resources.

Classes at Glass Works & Printmaking Studio| Tish Dousart and Gerod Baronne 504-529-7279

Inquires about classes can be sent to or call our office at 504-529-7279 between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm. Short Courses include such arts as glassblowing, fine arts glass mosaics, metal sculpture and printmaking and book binding.

Contemporary Arts Center | Marie Lamb 504-528-3805

Research has shown that learners can attain higher levels of achievement through their exposure to the arts. Target’s “Artists for a Day” program helps to foster arts education for elementary, middle school and high school students. “Artist for the Day” Program. “Artists for a Day” is an outstanding field trip opportunity available for school groups and youth organizations. During each AFD, students encounter an exciting journey through the Contemporary Arts Center as “artists for a day” while learning from professional New Orleans artists. Skills learned during the classes in drama, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing can be integrated into core subjects of math, science, language and social studies or students can just experience the fun of learning something new. All participants come away with a sense of accomplishment and newly discovered skills. Field trip hours are from 9:30am to 1:00pm, though this is flexible. Participants are asked to bring a lunch to eat on the premises. The cost is $7 per student.

Gretna Historical Society Museum

Visit 3 houses built in the 1800s. View artifacts in a Blacksmith shop and see a steam pumper in the 1876 Fire Station. Tour the White House, built in 1845, and the home of Lilly White Ruppel, an educator in Gretna and for whom the Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies is named.

Herman-Grima and Gallier House | 504-525-5661

Hermann-Grima House can accommodate up to 60 students in one hour. Gallier House can accommodate up to 45 students in one hour. Some General programs include Life in the 19th Century. Underneath the French Quarter, A History Mystery and Creole Christmas

International House of Blues Foundation

Mission Statement: The International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF) is dedicated to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that increase public awareness of African American contributions to American culture. Foundation programs explore the history, art and music of the blues and demonstrate the vast influence of the blues on contemporary music and culture. Programs draw upon the universal language of music and art to encourage creative expression and cultural understanding. The International House of Blues Foundation brings together people of diverse backgrounds in an atmosphere that encourages mutual respect and understanding.

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours & Airboat Tours | 504-689-4186

Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans, Jean Lafitte Swamp and Airboat Tours explore Louisiana’s back county along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve | Ami Ghazala, Educational Coordinator 504-689-7611 or 504-589-2330 |

The six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve including the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield offer learning opportunities from a to z, including architecture, botany, culture, geography, history, music, and zoology. On-site and on-line programs encourage analytical thinking, creativity, information gathering, and just plain fun.

Kenner Rivertown Museum | 504-468-7231

Native American, Mardi Gras, Planetarium, Science Complex • Mardi Gras Museum: The museum presents a collection of videos and memorabilia highlighting King Cake traditions, balls, parades, French Quarter fun, and the Cajun “Courir du Mardi Gras”. Guests can board a float and take picture • Science Complex: Visitors can experience exciting scientific discovery with dynamic hands-on exhibits about weather, electricity, the human body, the solar system and world geography, making learning fun for everyone. • Space Station: Tour the full-size NASA International Space Station prototype where visitors get a first hand look at daily living and working in space. Other space-related exhibits allow the visitors to explore spin-off technology with a Space Robot, touch the 4 billion year old Gibeon Meteorite, and take a walk through the history timeline of the 20th century. • Cannes Brûlées: The Cannes Brûlées Native American Museum is an indoor museum exhibiting a collection of traditional and contemporary artworks created by living American Indian artisans from Louisiana and the Southeastern United States. Items displayed include basketry, jewelry, tools, weapons, musical instruments, clay pottery, wood carvings, children’s toys, model dwellings, paintings, moccasins, Dreamcatchers, a dugout cypress pirogue and more.

Lake Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum & Research Center

Kristen Garcia, Education Coordinator 985-845-9200


Latinnola | Christiana Decker

Welcome to LatiNola, your New Orleans home for the Latino community. A program of Puentes New Orleans, Inc., LatINola has one goal—to celebrate our Latin American pride and demonstrate our dedication to the New Orleans area. Regardless if you have lived here more than thirty years, or have just arrived, esta es su casa. Aquí vivimos, and through LatINola we want you to share your culture, your language, and your enthusiasm by joining us and helping us to raise the voice of our community. Help us move forward together with our neighbors as we lift our voice across the Gulf South.

Longue Vue House and Gardens | 504-488-5488

Longue Vue House and Gardens offers a variety of guided field trips for students of all ages. The younger ones love digging for worms and crushing herbs in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, an interactive, hands-on children’s garden. Older students exploring the 8-acre Country Place Era estate can find inspiration for photography, drawing, and design projects.

Louisiana Children’s Museum | 504-586-0725 ex. 205

Where learning is fun. Explore and experience more than 100 dynamic hands-on exhibits, exciting educational programs, and more.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra | Amanda Wuerstlin, Associate Director of Education 504-523-6530 Ext. 115 |

Teacher’s guides with accompanying CDs and DVDs are available upon request.

Louisiana State Museum | 504-568-6968

No textbooks necessary– there’s nothing like discovering history right where it really happened. We invite you on a journey outside the classroom to the place where the laws were made, the money printed, the treaties signed. Come see personal artifacts of the history makers up close, hear from experienced docents, and have your students’ questions answered with care. More than history lesson, this is the real deal!

Muse Conti Wax Museum | 504-525-2605

Your tours of Musee Conti will take you from our swampland to the present day. An educational packet is presented to teachers with the compliments of The Musee Conti for a more complete understanding of the exhibits, and a greater awareness of our rich Louisiana heritage and the French Quarter.

National World War II Museum | 504-528-1944

The Education Department at The National WWII Museum is here to help you explore the history and lessons of WWII with your students. Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.

New Orleans African American Museum | John Haskins, Director 504-566-1136

The New Orleans African American Museum of Art Culture, and History is dedicated to preserving the lives, history, and communities of New Orleans, specifically Treme. The property is open to the public and serves as a venue for visual and performing art

New Orleans Ballet Association | Erin Reho, In School Coordinator 522-0996 ex. 207

From simple to sublime, the benefits of dance for children are many. Programs for school-age youth spark a lifetime of appreciation in children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience dance.

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

The Education Division at NOMA is dedicated to awakening the imaginations of children and adults through the visual arts. The Museum provides memorable art experiences which lead to greater awareness, curiosity and sensitivity. Through a variety of ongoing educational programs, NOMA has established itself as one of the greatest resources for art educators in the Greater New Orleans area and throughout Louisiana.

New Orleans Opera Association

Metro Pelican Opera, the education/outreach wing of the New Orleans Opera Association, was founded in 1998 by Arthur Cosenza. He chose Metro to represent the 7-parish population base of New Orleans, and Pelican for the state bird. Metro Pelican has subsequently toured throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. New Orleans Opera Association-Metro Pelican Metro Pelican introduces students to the opera with in-school programming and free Student Previews. Call Carol Rausch, New Orleans Opera Director of Education, at 504-529-2278, ext. 222, or email her at: to book any of the three programs for your school, church or community center. You may also contact Young Audiences at 504-523-3525.

Odgen Museum of Southern Art | Kate Barron, Curator of Education 504-539-9608

A “Museum without walls,” the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s innovative education and outreach programs are specially designed to meet the Museum’s core mission – to bring art and people together to explore the rich and varied cultural identities of the South. As one of the country’s top resources on Southern art and culture, the Ogden Museum has instituted a complete range of educational initiatives both in the Museum and off-site to ensure that its message will be accessible to audiences across the country and around the world. Available through the Education Department are extensive materials for students and teachers of all ages to gain and share knowledge on the Southern arts and related topics. Also available is information for planning field trips for grades K-12, classroom resources for teachers including lesson plans and units of study, and special programs for teachers listing training, events, starter ideas and studio workshops.