To schedule an outdoor adventure, contact Outdoor Programs at NORDCOutdoors@nola.gov or 504-658-3082.
Outdoors Photo Contest
NORDC 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 Orleans Parish within the last year (after April 15, 2016). Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place photos.
Deadline: April 15, 2017 by 11:59pm.
Parental Consent Form
Model Release/Personal Likeness Release
Guided Group Activities
Available to groups of eight or more. Reservations required. For more information, call (504) 658-3082, or email NORDCoutdoors@nola.gov.
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 Tuesday– Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of 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 Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of 8 or more.
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 Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm, for groups of 8 or more.
Groups of more than 8 can make reservations to learn the history and skills of geocaching, and try to find every geocache on our Joe W. Brown Park treasure hunt! Reservations required.
Outdoor Program Classes
Reservations required for all classes. For more information, call (504) 658-3082, or email NORDCoutdoors@nola.gov.
Survival Skills Class
Thursdays, April 13 - May 11
A beginner's 5-day wilderness survival skills course, participants will learn basic survival skills such as map and compass usage, shelter building, fire building, water purification, and finding food in the wilderness. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays, April 12-May 10
Learn how to use GPS to join a secret worldwide treasure hunt! This 5-day class will cover both finding and hiding geocaches on our private course as well as in your own neighborhood. Register independently or with a group of friends or family. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Famliy Canoe Class
Saturdays, March 18-April 15
Fun for the whole family! Children and their accompanying adults 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.
Solo & Tandem Canoe Class
Saturdays, April 22-May 20
Teens and adults (ages 13+ only) will learn canoe safety, self-launching and disembarking, basic canoeing strokes, and test their skills at both solo and tandem canoeing. All equipment provided; no experience necessary.
Youth Fishing Classes
- Ages 7-9, 4:00-5:00 pm, Wednesdays, March 8-April 5
- Ages 10-12, 4:00-5:00 pm, Thursdays, March 9-April 6
A beginner's 5-day fishing course, participants will learn knot tying, fishing safety, line setting, casting, and identifying and unhooking fish. This program is catch-and-release and great for youth who enjoy being outside
Learn basic paddling skills and safety instructions, then enjoy a tour of the lagoon and canal system at Joe W. Brown Park. 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 Canoeing - Every Saturday in Spring 2017. Come join us for a free paddle around the Joe W. Brown lagoon, every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. No experience necessary. Open to ages 3 and up. All equipment, including life jackets, is provided. First come, first paddle. Check in with NORDC staff at the lagoon behind the Joe W. Brown Rec Center.
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.
- Open Fishing - Every Saturday in Spring 2017. Come join us for fishing around the Joe W. Brown lagoon, every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. No experience necessary. Open to ages 3 and up. All equipment, including fishing poles and lures, is provided. First come, first cast. Check in with NORDC staff at the lagoon behind the Joe W. Brown Rec Center. Fishing license required for anyone over age 15.
Volunteer with NORDC Outdoors! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.