Outdoors

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

Open Canoeing

Learn basic paddling skills and safety instructions, then enjoy a tour of the lagoon and canal system at Joe W. Brown Park.  Drop in every Saturday, 10am-2pm or schedule a private group experience. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are all provided. Canoeing is free and open to ages 3 and up, no prior knowledge or experience required. FAQ

Open Fishing

Learn the basics of baiting, casting, and catching along the banks of the lagoon in Joe W. Brown Park. All equipment is provided including gear and baits. Instruction is offered to those who are new to fishing. Drop in every Saturday, 10am-2pm or schedule a private group experience. No experience necessary. Open to ages 3 and up.  Fishing license required for anyone over age 15.

Guided Group Activities

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

Group Fishing Activity

Learn basic fishing line rigging, knot tying, casting, and fish identification with an experienced instructor. All equipment provided; no experience necessary. Fishing license
required for participants over age 15. Ages 7+.

Group 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.

Group Canoeing Activity

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+.

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.

Certs for Service

Certs for Service is a program that allows qualified candidates the opportunity to earn a lifeguard certification in exchange for only 24 non-consecutive, volunteer hours at a NORD Outdoor program.

Fishing Class

Adults and youth work side-by-side in this beginner's 5-day fishing course, learning knot tying, fishing safety, line setting, casting, and identifying and unhooking fish. Louisiana
Freshwater Fishing license required for participants over age 15. Youth under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Canoeing Class

Fun for the whole family, or just a few friends! Participants of all ages will learn canoe safety, self-launching and disembarking, and basic canoeing strokes. All equipment
provided; no experience necessary. One adult for every 2 children under age 10 required.

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