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Snapping Turtle We are concerned with the proximity of this proposed facility to the Lavon/Wilson Creek watershed and the many toxic chemicals that will, inevitably, run off. These chemicals will harm the environments through which they travel, their wildlife inhabitants, and, ultimately, end up in our drinking water supply. The proposed location actually even has a marked tributary of Wilson Creek located directly adjacent to the property.

Subject line:         Update: Concrete Plant News Developments – New Heavy Industrial Plans

Recently, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary representatives learned that an approval for a concrete recycling plant (planned for a property 1 mile from the Heard), had very quietly made its way through McKinney’s Planning & Zoning Committee. At the time, it faced little to no opposition (quite likely because very few were aware it was on the table—20th century communication for 21st century plans). It was approved by McKinney P & Z in August.

This Monday, October 4 (NOT Tuesday--mark your calendars), it goes to City Council for final approval, including an annexation ordinance (that is already written up and ready to sign—posted on City of McKinney’s page http://mckinney.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=9852506&GUID=0B1A9947-A7D5-4980-975C-96B47EC5CA8A). Now that the City Council Agenda has been posted (as is required within 72 hours before the meeting), we now have access to a DIFFERENT version of the LOI that completely differs in the indicated intentions with regards to Heavy Industrial (HI).

Version 1: Listed HI Intentions per first-known “Letter of Intent” listing on P&Z (marked July 23, 2021):

“The Property is currently under contract to an entity whose primary business is concrete and construction materials recycling, as well as concrete batch plant and associated activities. The addition of the above additional permitted uses will accommodate the anticipated activities of the purchaser, while restricting many of the more intense uses permitted under the HI-Heavy Industrial zone.”
(See full document here: http://mckinney.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=9725627&GUID=186996E4-6944-4B35-A864-AC32C7DFCFDE)

Version 2: Listed HI Intentions per now-published (via City Council Agenda) version of “Letter of Intent” (also marked July 23, 2021:

“As referenced above, a separate application requesting Heavy Industrial (HI) zoning of the Property is also being submitted for review and approval.”
(See full document here: http://mckinney.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=9852504&GUID=644462FD-31AF-441F-AA4A-217E1C5F533F)

Our Position on This Matter

Whatever the cause of this information only now being released, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is wholly opposed to new Heavy Industrial facilities being built so close to this nature preserve. Moreover, we are concerned about ecological ramifications to other neighboring properties and natural resources.

We are concerned about the following:

  • Health issues from the pollutants generated will be applicable to our staff, volunteers, visitors, all neighbors and wildlife due to dust/silica that will make its way into the air.
  • The City Council has a duty to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of McKinney.
  • These duties to health and welfare are being sacrificed in the name of supposed "Protecting Future Development" and "Fiscal Responsibility,” which we maintain cannot be achieved without the health and welfare of the citizens.
  • This action is also in opposition to the City’s self-proclaimed “Unique by Nature” motto, which, in of itself, functions as an over-arching promise to the citizens, whether intentional or not.
  • There have been recent, as yet unfulfilled, resolutions to close existing cement plants (which happen to be in relative regional proximity to the new location. These existing locations have already been cited numerous times for inability to properly maintain EPA mandated standards with regards to health and pollution issues as well as nuisance issues.
  • City Staff has been quoted to be in opposition (within just the last two years) to any facilities of this kind. It is important to reflect on what has precipitated the changed in opinion. See the following for more details. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/mckinney/government/2020/03/02/city-starts-process-to-shut-down-two-mckinney-concrete-plants/
  • We are concerned with the proximity of this proposed facility to the Lavon/Wilson Creek watershed and the many toxic chemicals that will, inevitably, run off. These chemicals will harm the environments through which they travel, their wildlife inhabitants, and, ultimately, end up in our drinking water supply. The proposed location actually even has a marked tributary of Wilson Creek located directly adjacent to the property.
  • The City attempted to push through a similar plan for a nearby location last fall; however, when given a chance to fully express their voice in the matter, the voters overwhelmingly turned it down. Have the voters have changed their mind?

There are many more reasons to be opposed to this plan, but this is a preliminary list.

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Date Night at the Heard This event will offer live music from the Blandelles, dancing, a cash bar featuring Tupps Brewery, and food trucks.

Date Night at the Heard will be a fun, outdoor fundraising event benefiting Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. This event will offer live music from the Blandelles, dancing, a cash bar featuring Tupps Brewery, and food trucks. The event will be held on June 19, 2021 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

The event will be for guests ages twenty-one and over. Tickets are now available to the public (while supplies last). Additional information and online ticketing is available at www.heardmuseum.org/datenight. Date Night at the Heard is Sponsored by NBC5.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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The Heard Museum Presents:  Texas Nessie

In May of 1991, avid fossil collector Mike Donovan made an amazing find in Collin County: the partial skeleton of a plesiosaur. He nicknamed the fossil “Texas Nessie” and spoke often of how he hoped the bones would eventually be displayed in a museum, where they could be viewed and appreciated.

Nearly twenty years after that remarkable discovery, Donovan’s dream is now a reality. The lengthy, complicated process began in September of 2015 when Darlene Sumerfelt, Heard Paleontological Lab Manager and Lead Preparator, was contacted by Debera Donovan regarding her late husband’s fossil collection, which contained a wide variety of bones in addition to the partial skeleton of a plesiosaur. After the bones were donated to the Heard Museum by the Debera Donovan Foundation on September 30, 2015, Sumerfelt and plesiosaur expert Mike Polcyn of SMU, performed an initial evaluation. That analysis revealed that approximately 40% of the skeleton was present and that the plesiosaur was a species of Trinacromerum. The skull bones were unique in that they were not compressed, as is the case with most other known specimens of this type of plesiosaur. In fact, the preservation and completeness of this specimen provides anatomical details that will help illuminate the relationships among this group of plesiosaurs. Additionally, it may provide clues about how these animals were evolving and dividing up the ecosystem about 93-million-years-ago in what is now the DFW area. This makes the specimen not only a beautiful example of a plesiosaur fossil, but also one with great scientific value as well.

Specific locality information for the specimen is lacking and can only be narrowed to the central western part of Collin County. Fortunately, during prep of the bones, Sumerfelt found several ammonite imprints in the matrix surrounding the bones. The imprints were sent to an ammonite expert who identified them as Collignoniceras woollgari regulare, which provides a precise stratigraphic placement. Therefore, this specimen was likely from the lowest ten meters of the Arcadia Park Formation of the Eagle Ford group, which provides an age approximation of 93 million years old.

Preparation of the plesiosaur bones took place over a four-year period using pneumatic tools called airscribes to slowly chip away the rock encasing the bones. The prep team led by Sumerfelt included Joan and Richard Sheppard and Fletcher Wise. As the prep moved forward, Mike Donovan’s dream of seeing this fossil become a full mount museum exhibit became Sumerfelt’s dream as well. Funds would have to be raised as a full 14-foot plesiosaur museum mount and exhibit enclosure would be well beyond the means of a non-profit museum. Thankfully, funding was obtained from many sources which included the Dallas Paleo Society, and the project moved forward, hiring Triebold Paleontology in Woodland Park, Colorado, to mount the bones for display. Soon after delivery to Triebold, the COVID shutdown began, and the project went on hold. Work resumed a few months later and was completed in February 2021.

During the time the bones were in Colorado, artist Pamela Riddle was busy creating a beautiful digital wall mural for the exhibit. The mural is 22 feet long and depicts a plesiosaur as well as other creatures from the time this plesiosaur lived.

In late February 2021, Triebold Paleontology delivered and installed the 14-foot-long plesiosaur.  Sumerfelt and her team designed the text panels for the exhibit and contractors were hired to do the exhibit enclosure and lighting. 

Decades after that exciting moment when Mike Donovan first discovered and excavated this epic example of an ancient marine predator, his dream of a museum display has finally become a reality. Thanks to six years of coordinated efforts of dedicated experts and volunteers, this exhibit showcases a beautiful, scientifically important specimen, representing dreams fulfilled, thousands of hours of labor, and gracious, generous community donations. Bringing Texas Nessie to the Heard Museum has truly been a labor of love.

The Heard would like to thank the Debera Donovan Foundation for this generous gift. 

The exhibit is now open, and “Nessie” is ready to pose with you with her fabulous, toothy grin! This exhibit is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members.

About Plesiosaurs

In life, this vicious predator had a streamlined body and would have looked much like a giant penguin swimming through the water. Plesiosaurs propelled themselves with four flippers. The two in front were for propulsion and the two rear were used like rudders for steering. Each flipper moved in a manner similar to a penguin’s wing, sweeping backward to quickly move through the water. Penguins are among the speediest oceanic predators as they “fly” through the water. Plesiosaurs might have been as fast or faster with their two pairs of “wings.”

This plesiosaur lived in the Cretaceous Period, 93 million years ago, in a large interior seaway that split the continent of North America into two landmasses. The interior seaway stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean in the north. The seaway was filled with abundant marine life including large, predatory, marine reptiles such as the plesiosaur in our exhibit. This is why this huge sea creature was found right in our own backyard!

Soft tissue impressions have been found showing that plesiosaur skin had a smooth surface absent of scales.

Based on the interlocking design of their teeth, it is hypothesized that their diet probably included fish. Their long, curved teeth could have enabled them to impale and hold their slippery prey. Plesiosaurs did not have gills. They were air-breathing reptiles. They could, however, remain submerged for long periods. They were also viviparous, meaning they gave birth to live young. Evidence has been found of an adult female plesiosaur with a fetus inside.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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Spring Native Plant Sale at the Heard Spring Native Plant Sale at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

On April 24-25, 2021, the 32nd Annual Spring Plant Sale fundraising event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs and well-adapted plants.

There are a number of other benefits to using native plants in landscaping. Using these plants that are naturally suited to Texas’ hydrologic issues is an excellent way to reduce supplemental watering. Many of the native plant species are also better suited to Texas’ climate and provide food sources and habitat for many kinds of wildlife.

For over 30 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and to obtain many rare plants. The Heard’s plant sale will also feature a selection of native milkweed plants. Please see our website for the complete plant list (available soon) at www.heardmuseum.org/plantsale. Guests are welcome to bring carts or wagons to facilitate their purchases.

The plant sale will be open to the public on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is not required to attend the plant sale.

A Heard Museum Member Pre-Sale will be offered on April 23 from 12-7 p.m. The Member Pre-Sale is open to Heard Museum members only; however, memberships will be available for purchase at the event or online beforehand.

COVID-19 Safety Practices

The Heard will require face masks that cover the nose and mouth for all visitors and employees when they are in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to other visitors (who are not in your visiting group), Heard staff or any captive animals* at the Heard (including those on the outdoor exhibit trail). We also ask that guests also practice all other recommended safety practices, including maintaining social distancing. Learn more at heardmuseum.org.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum Get outside and let your imagination run wild as you travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail with ten life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs LiveGet outside and let your imagination run wild as you travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail with ten life-size animatronic dinosaurs. From September 5, 2020 through February 15, 2021, the 15th Annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas will feature ten moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs, providing an experience sure to captivate visitors. The exhibit features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a spitting Dilophosaurus, an Acrocanthosaurus, an Allosaurus, a Brachiosaurus, a Diabloceratops, A Megalosaurus, two Stegocerases, a Therizinosaurus, and a Utahraptor. You will also learn interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs.

Children and the young at heart will also have the opportunity to play on stationary baby dinosaurs, a photo-op Tyrannosaurus rex and a photo op Pachyrhinosaurus. This year’s exhibit will also include an outdoor Hadrosaur fossil dig to inspire future paleontologists. The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail is jogging-stroller friendly (umbrella strollers are not recommended), giving families and friends a unique, exciting and educational activity to experience together. Dinosaurs Live! is sponsored by NBC5. This exhibit is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is comprised of an indoor museum as well as a 289-acre nature preserve with over 6 miles of nature trails, allowing visitors to connect with nature while social distancing.* The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

Note Regarding COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will require face masks that cover the nose and mouth for all visitors and employees when they are in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to other visitors (who are not in your visiting group) or Heard staff. This guideline applies in both indoor spaces as well as those as outdoors including, but not limited to, the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail and picnic areas. Guests are also encouraged to maintain social distancing from visitors from other households. Additional information our COVID-19 policies and other related information is available here: heardmuseum.org/specialnote

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Heard Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden From May 30 through October 4, 2020, visitors to the Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas will have the opportunity to walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. Guests will be able to view butterflies up close while learning about their life stages and more.

From May 30 through October 4, 2020, visitors to the Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas will have the opportunity to walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. Guests will be able to view butterflies up close while learning about their life stages and more.

The butterfly house is regularly stocked with an assortment of native butterfly species, which varies throughout the exhibit. Guests may even get to see a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis. Inside the butterfly house, nectar plants are also available to feed the adult butterflies. There are even a few host plants for caterpillars to feed on (“host plants”).

The butterfly garden, too, is filled with nectar plants and host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. Guests may even find a few ideas to try in home gardens, which can in turn help pollinators on a broader scale. From time to time, other species of wildlife that feed on insects or the nectar plants may also be found in the butterfly garden, including hummingbirds. This area is also a great setting for nature photography.

The Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden is included in museum general admission and is free for Heard Museum members. The Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden is sponsored by NBC5 and IBM. Learn more about this exhibit at www.heardmuseum.org/butterflies.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit www.heardmuseum.org.

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Holidays at the Heard Holiday lights and holiday décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Your family will be enchanted by this nighttime hike through the woods. Also, you'll get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit along the trail (please note that the dinosaurs will not be animated during the event).

Holidays at the HeardBundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience the most unique family-friendly holiday event in North Texas. On December 13 and 14, 2019 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will bring the beauty of the holiday season into nature.

Holiday lights and holiday décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Your family will be enchanted by this nighttime hike through the woods. Also, you'll get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit along the trail (please note that the dinosaurs will not be animated during the event). In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty.

Local musicians Anthony & Marina (December 13) and La Pompe (December 14) will delight audiences with live holiday music under the stars in the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase.

Support the Heard and have fun with the whole family at this holiday fundraiser. Tickets at the door (while supplies last) will be $9 for adults & seniors and $6 for kids 3-12 (children 2 and under are free). Save $2 per ticket by purchasing tickets online through December 11 at www.heardmuseum.org/holidays! The public is also welcome to purchase event tickets as gifts. Holidays at the Heard is sponsored by NBC5.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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Become a Heard Trail Guide Do you like hiking nature trails and spending time with the public? Becoming a Heard Trail Guide may be a great activity for you!

Volunteers play a vital role at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Heard Trail Guides, for example, are an important part of many of our educational programs.

Do you like hiking nature trails and spending time with the public? Becoming a Heard Trail Guide may be a great activity for you! Training will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from September 6 through September 28. Participants must attend one session per week (Friday or Saturday) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

All persons interested in participating must first complete the Heard volunteer application prior to the training sessions. To learn more about becoming a Heard volunteer and to access the volunteer application, click here www.heardmuseum.org/volunteer. Attendees should bring a lunch and should be dressed to participate in outside activities (closed-toe shoes, long pants, etc.)

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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Preschool Nature Explorers Preschoolers will explore different habitats from wetlands and forests to prairie and ponds.

Preschool Nature Explorers at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas will spend the school year learning about the world around us. Classes will begin September 17, 18 and 19. Registration for these programs is going on now.

Each week we’ll meet one of the Heard’s live animal ambassadors and take a nature hike to explore different habitats from wetlands and forests to prairie and ponds. We’ll also prowl through museum exhibits, participate in hands-on science activities, sing songs, listen to stories, and play nature themed-games! We’ll talk about our responsibility to nature and what we can do to the help the plants and animals around us.

In the fall semester, we’ll focus on habitats and ecosystems. We’ll learn how animals that are awake at night can live in the dark. We’ll dig into dinosaurs and fossils. We’ll watch as summer changes to fall and heads towards winter. In the spring, we’ll discover more about the wide variety of animals that live on our planet and what makes each one unique. We’ll also observe nature wake up from its winter slumber as it blossoms into spring.

Preschool programs have been an integral part of the museum's mission to bring nature and people together since 1974. This informal science program introduces your child to the natural world through nature walks and hands-on science activities that foster cooperation with others, language development and creative play. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9:30AM - 11:30AM. More information and registration is available at www.heardmuseum.org/preschool

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Founded in 1967, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary 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.

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Book a Heard Ropes Course Adventure for Your Group The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s Ropes Course offers an outdoor learning setting that is more than a recreational activity. Heard Ropes Course guests engage in a facilitated experience that focuses on team development.

Heard Ropes CourseThe Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s Ropes Course offers an outdoor learning setting that is more than a recreational activity. Heard Ropes Course guests engage in a facilitated experience that focuses on team development.

The Heard Ropes Course presents a unique experience where individuals and groups come together to create more effective teams. These programs are also great for parties and families. These guided programs in the Heard’s forest canopy are as exhilarating as they are rewarding.

Heard Ropes Course participants encounter elements that encourage them to communicate, problem solve, and listen. Most importantly, participants are encouraged to push past their perceived limits and challenge themselves as they navigate through elements testing their balance, coordination, and more.

Nestled in a beautiful bottomland hardwood forest, the Heard Ropes Course offers unique opportunities to enjoy this beautiful, natural environment. High Ropes Elements require harnesses, helmets and safety ropes, all of which the Heard provides. High Ropes Elements combine the perception of risk, personal and group challenge-planning-teamwork, and the thrill of great accomplishments. High Ropes Elements typically take place about 24 feet in the air. 

Heard Ropes Course programs for groups usually begin with team building “ground” activities, also known as low elements. These activities act as fun ice-breakers, designed to establish rapport and build team skills, trust and communication. Facilitators are trained to adapt the rules and content of each game to the age group and needs of the group. The Heard works to constantly offer new ground activities. These activities consist of three parts: set-up, challenge activity, and debriefing.

Our trained facilitators tailor each program, for groups of ten people or more, based upon your desired learning outcomes. Using both low and high elements to highlight best practices and meaningful subject matter, we create a learning environment that encourages personal and corporate growth. Heard Ropes is dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences in a fun and engaging way to our community.

Individuals and small groups (comprised of nine or fewer persons) are welcome to participate in our pre-scheduled Zip Line Days and Adventure Days. Our next Zip Line Day will be held on July 20th.

To learn more about the Heard Ropes Course, to request a program for your group or to reserve your spot in a prescheduled Zip Line Day or Ropes Course Adventure Day, please visit www.heardmuseum.org/ropescourse.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on volunteers, admissions, memberships, donations and grants to fulfill its mission to bring nature and people together. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard when she was 80 years old. Throughout her life, she witnessed the expansion of the Metroplex and foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069. For more information, visit www.heardmuseum.org.