Hi, we are retired, what is there for us to see or do at the Heard Museum?
Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment.
The Heard’s education department offers innovative programs designed for all age groups, interest and abilities. Programs include guided nature trails, live animal presentations, night hikes, adult and teacher workshops, and more.
We also offer a variety of seasonal special events as fundraisers for this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
he Heard's indoor exhibits provide an interactive environment in which visitors can discover, enjoy and experience various aspects of the Texas natural environment. The exhibits also enhance the experience of visitors to The Heard by providing interpretation of natural events and objects found that might otherwise be overlooked or misunderstood when encountered on the wildlife sanctuary.The Heard Museum currently maintains exhibits on Texas' venomous snakes, rocks, minerals and fossils, seashells and marine life, North Texas ecosystems, a children's fossil dig, a marine room, and more.
While most of the Heard’s property is preserved or restored to a state in which once-dominant ecosystems can be shared with future generations, the Heard also uses two garden spaces to educate the public about designing wildlife-friendly landscapes, wildlife habitats, native plant gardens, and residential bird and butterfly gardens. Using native plant life, the Heard hopes to also share techniques for conserving natural resources.
I encourage you to have a look at our website where you can find additional information. Thank you for your interest in visiting!
It has an interesting museum with it, showing how the land where McKinney is looked long ago, has some stuffed formerly live animals, shells and stones from an earlier time. It is a small museum. There is a small outdoor zoo, not many animals because it is still considered winter. The trail that you follow to see the dinosaurs makes a nice walk, and it goes further into the prairie, seems members of the Heard go there just to walk, it's primitive in nature. Our grandson enjoyed the dinosaurs the best, but he also liked watching swimming turtles in the display area, and snakes, spiders. If you have been to other, larger exhibits, this one is lower key, however. Our adult children enjoyed it, but it is run by donations, and volunteers, so not ultra fancy. They are working on it still. Enlarging the parking area is one thing they are doing now. The Scouts have overnights there to earn badges.
Heard Museum has few exhibits but the real deal is the hiking trail that they have. On a good spring/summer day you can spend a good 3-4 hours with walking activities etc. Exhibits and shopping are mostly kids oriented.
If you like to walk/hike outdoors, there's a ton to do. The indoor museum part is good but pretty brief, so don't go if you're expecting to be inside for hours. They have hundreds of acres with trails on them.
If you are interested in learning about Texas native flora or fauna it is a great place to go and get frist hand knowledge. If you live in the area they also host Master Naturalist meetings, native plant sales and classes on various subjects. They always need volunteers to lead nature walks. You can check out their website and see what activities are available.
The museum itself has a few exhibits mostly geared towards kids and local wildlife, but the hiking is really my favorite part on a beautiful day. It's mostly flat, but has a few rises and falls. Entry is $10 per person if you don't have a membership.
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