Escape to Couturie Forest …a 60 acre forest in the heart of New Orleans

Escape to Couturie Forest ...a 60 acre forest in the heart of New Orleans

Couturie Forest is the perfect place to escape from the city without ever leaving New Orleans! Combined with Scout Island, the 60-acre Couturie Forest, in New Orleans City Park, is a nature-lover’s haven filled with native trees, scenic waterways, and fascinating wildlife — all in the heart of the New Orleans.
The forest is a great place to wander with your kids, family, and friends. An afternoon along the trails is more than just exciting – it’s an easy way to work in some exercise and learn a thing or two about the park’s rich, natural landscape. Expect to see countless varieties of trees, fish, and birds along the trails and beautiful waterways. Couturie Forrest was named New Orleans’ top bird-watching destination, and it’s not uncommon for birders to see 40 species or more in a single outing.
Couturie Forest is made up of eight distinct ecosystems and is home to New Orleans’ highest point of elevation: Laborde Mountain. Measuring a daunting 43 feet above sea level, oxygen and sherpas are available upon request.
After Hurricane Katrina, Couturie Forest became a laboratory for the rebirth of a forest. The more often you visit, the more you’ll see the gradual, natural revitalization taking place, including the restoration of a tree canopy, the eradication of invasive species, and the growth process of thousands of new saplings.
And remember: the magic of Couturie Forest wouldn’t be possible without the support and work of volunteers. Email esires@nocp.org or call Earl at (504)300-6394 to sign up to volunteer.

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