Outdoors

Outdoors
Certs For Service
We’re looking for volunteers to help lead our canoeing and fishing activities. Accepted applicants will receive Red Cross lifeguard certification in exchange for serving six Saturdays as a volunteer lifeguard. Must be age 16 or older to apply. Application deadline: February 23

Lifeguard course entry requirements
• Age 16 or older
• Swim 300 yards continuously
• Tread water for 2 minutes with no hands
• Ability to perform a timed task of swimming 15 yards, retrieving a 10lb brick from the bottom of the deep end, swimming back to the shallow end, and climbing out of the pool with the brick.

For Further information about Certs For Service click here. Call the NORD Outdoor Programs Manager at 504-658-3082 or email NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov to request an application

New Orleans Nature Photo Contest

March 1–April 15 at 11:59pm. Winners announced April 21

NORD Outdoors wants to see photographs celebrating nature in New Orleans! Submit up to three (3) photos focused on nature: wildlife, plants, natural landscapes, people enjoying the outdoors, or any photo in which nature is the central theme. Photos must have been taken in the Greater New Orleans Area within the last year (after Apr 15, 2017). Prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit nordc.org/outdoors, call (504) 658-3082, or email NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov.

LOOP NOLA Family Campout

Friday, April 13, 6pm – Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8am
Joe W. Brown Park 5601 Read Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70127

Want to take your family camping, but unsure of where to start? NORD Outdoors and LOOP NOLA have got the event for you! Register for our Family Campout and just bring your sleeping bags, pillows, and toiletries for a night out under the stars with experienced camping professionals. Tents, sleeping pads, water, food, indoor plumbing, and campfire-side fun will be provided along with lessons on how to pack and prepare for a great family camping trip in the future. Call (504) 658-3082 or email NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov to register.

Climbing Day with LOOP NOLA

Are you a NORD member, volunteer, or employee? If so, we've got a gift for you! Our partners at the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program (LOOP NOLA) are offering a FREE climbing experience on their high ropes course at City Park to members of the NORD family. Ages 12+ only. Space is limited, registration is required. Call (504) 658-3082 or email NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov to register. 

About LOOP NOLA

LOOP NOLA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide positive, life-changing outdoor experiences for children and youth in Greater New Orleans. LOOP NOLA addresses the lack of opportunity for urban children to experience the outdoors. We nurture students' connections to nature by developing a sense of wonder at the natural world along with their social, technical and academic skills through repeated exposure to outdoor adventures over multiple years. For more information contact (504) 330-5369 or loopnola@gmail.com.

Guided Group Activities

Available to groups of eight or more. Reservations required. Sessions are typically 1-2 hours long.

Fishing

Learn basic fishing line rigging, knot tying, casting, and fish identification with an experienced instructor. All equipment provided; no experience necessary. Ages 7+.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries requires any person who is 16+ to obtain a fishing license to fish in Louisiana. Contact the Wildlife and Fisheries Department at
2021 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122 or (504) 284-5269, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Mon–Fri for more information about this requirement.

Nature Walks 

Experience the wonders of Louisiana in our own backyard. Professional outdoors enthusiasts will introduce you to the various natural environments in and around New Orleans. Locations include Joe W. Brown Park, Couturie Forest in City Park, and Bayou Sauvage. Nature Walks are available for reservation Tuesday– Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of eight (8) or more.

Basic Survival Skills

Learn the basics of map and compass use, shelter building, fire building, and water purification in a simple class at Joe W. Brown Park. Classes are available for reservation Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of eight (8) or more.

Teambuilding

Inspire group bonding, problem-solving, and good communication, all while having fun! Great for teams, clubs, organizations, or even those you share your office with. Classes are available for reservation Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of eight (8) or more.

Geocaching

Learn the history and skills of geocaching, and try to find every geocache on our Joe W. Brown Park treasure hunt! Classes are available for reservation Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of eight (8) or more.

Canoeing

Tour the Joe W. Brown lagoons by canoe. Learn basic paddling skills and canoe safety with an experienced instructor. All equipment provided; no experience necessary. One
adult required for every 2 children under age 10. Ages 3+.

Camping

We are excited to introduce the City’s first urban camping learning experience at Joe W. Brown Park. The program features educational, hands-on campouts using an NOFD-approved fire pit. Campouts are designed for people who are new to camping or looking for a unique camping experience. Groups and families interested in camping or using the fire pit must register through NORD Outdoors.

Camping groups must have at least 8 people and provide all their own equipment and firewood. The NORD campsite has a fire ring, water spigot, and a nearby shelter with picnic tables and bathrooms. A NORD Outdoors employee will be present to ensure park rules are followed, the fire is safely put out at the end of the night, and to unlock the park gates in case of an emergency. 

Camping reservations are available from February 16 through March 9, and on April 27. To make a camping reservation, call (504) 658-3082 or email NORDCoutdoors@nola.gov.

Archery

Learn range safety and bow-shooting skills with a certified archery instructor. Shoot a few rounds of arrows and test your accuracy.

Volunteer with Us! 

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Our volunteers play a valuable role in helping us promote healthy lifestyles and provide enriching leisure activities. Volunteers will gain valuable experience, make friends, and meet community members who share your interests. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with the Outdoors Program, please email smburton@nola.gov.

To learn more, or schedule an outdoor adventure, contact Outdoor Programs at NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov or 504-658-3082.

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