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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.

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Date Night at the Heard Rescheduled for May 25 This fundraising 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 was originally scheduled to be held on May 18th; however, due to the potential for inclement weather, the event has been rescheduled for May 25, 2019 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Date Night at the HeardThe event will be for guests ages twenty-one and over; however, we will have childcare available (spots are limited and only available for event participants) for kids ages 5-12. The childcare will be offered by the same great staff and volunteers that lead Heard educational programs. Kids will enjoy live animal presentations, kid-friendly nature videos, games and puzzles.

Tickets are now available to the public (while supplies last) for $15 per person. 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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Live Music and Dancing Date Night at the Heard will be a fun, outdoor fundraising event benefiting Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Treat yourself to a night out with your significant other or friends for a good cause! 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 beer from Tupps Brewery, and food trucks. The event will be held on May 18, 2019 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Date Night at the Heard

The event will be for guests ages twenty-one and over; however, we will have childcare available (spots are limited and only available for event participants) for kids ages 5-12. The childcare will be offered by the same great staff and volunteers that lead Heard educational programs. Kids will enjoy live animal presentations, kid-friendly nature videos, games and puzzles.

Tickets are now available to the public (while supplies last) for $15 per person. Get your tickets now and additional information 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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Go on a nature walk at 1:30 pm and 3pm New this year - go on a nature walk at 1:30 pm and 3pm with Melanie Schuchart, Heard entomology volunteer and Master Naturalist, to look for butterflies and other insects.

Walk on Team Heard as we work to show the nation that DFW can boast the most species of wildlife as part of the City Nature Challenge! At Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, on Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m., we’ll have “coaches” on hand to help you learn how to score points for the Metroplex as you ID species of wildlife on the Heard’s 289-acre sanctuary. You will only need to show up with a smart phone with the iNaturalist app and your love of nature. This event is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members.

New this year - go on a nature walk at 1:30 pm and 3pm with Melanie Schuchart, Heard entomology volunteer and Master Naturalist, to look for butterflies and other insects. Who knows what you might find?

View more information at www.heardmuseum.org/teamheard.

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.

About the City Nature Challenge

If you'd like to prepare before you arrive, learn how to use iNaturalist. Cities across the world will compete to see which one can boast having the most species of wildlife. Want to participate and help your city win but can’t make it to the Heard’s event? Grab your smart phone and head outdoors!

The City Nature Challenge will run April 26–29. It’s easy to participate by attending the Heard’s event or just making observations on your own, using the iNaturalist app. Just take a picture of a plant or animal, post it to iNaturalist and the online community will help accurately identify the species.

Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the four-day challenge. You can also explore the life in your backyard, in your local park or on a field trip with your local group or club. TPWD, the Audubon Society and many others will be joining in this fun challenge.

Go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge to watch the leaderboards or learn more about how you can participate!

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A wide variety of native plants and more Obtain many hard to find native Texas plants and more.

For 30 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary's Spring Plant Sale fundraiser as a rare opportunity to purchase some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and to obtain many hard to find native Texas plants and more.

Due to Saturday’s rainstorms throughout the plant sale hours, the Heard has extended the plant sale.The Spring Plant Sale will also be available April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A number of hard to find species remain. Please see the plant list below. 

Plus, with coupon, guests will enjoy 10% off purchases of $50 or more on 4/16. To claim the coupon, click here.

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.

 

Plant List

Please note: less than 5 plants may be available for some species.

Moonshine Yarrow, Achillea clypeolata X ‘Moonshine’

White Snakeroot, Ageratina altissima

Chocolate Snakeroot, Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'

Fraser's Meadow Garlic, Allium canadense v. Fraseri

Autumn Onion, Allium stellatum

Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea

False Indigo Bush, Amorpha frutcosa

Bluestar, Amsonia hubrichtii

Texas Gold Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinkleyana

White-veined Pipevine, Aristolochia fimbriata

Fall Aster, Aster oblongifolius

Texas Green Eyes, Berlandiera texana

Spreading Winecup, Callirhoe involucrata

Compact Gold Calylophus, Calylophus drummondianusi

Horseherb, Calyptocarpus vialis

Wild Hyacinth , Camassia scillioides

Chile Petin, Capsicum annum

Webberville sedge, Carex sp.

Inland Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium

Damianita, Chrysactinia mexicana

Blue Mistflower, Conoclinum coelestinum

Prairie Rain Lily, Cooperia pedunculata

Mouse Ear Tickseed, Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

Early Sunrise Tickseed, Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'

Clasping Coneflower, Dracopsis amplexicaulis

Snake Herb, Dyschoriste linearis

Black Samson Echinacea, Echinacea angustifolia

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Cutleaf Daisy, Englemannia peristenia

Rattlesnake Master , Eryngium yuccifolium

American Strawberry Bush,  Euonymus americanus

Elbow Bush, Forestiera pubescens

Indian Blanket, Gaillardia pulchella 'Sundancer'

Pincushion Daisy, Gaillardia suavis

Gaura, Belleza White, Gaura lindheimeri ‘Belleza White’

Reverchon's False Pennyroyal, Hedeoma reverchonii var. reverchonii

Sawtooth Sunflower, Helianthus grosseserratus

Hairy Sunflower, Helianthus hirsutis

Maxmillian Sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani

Ashy Sunflower, Helianthus mollis

Stiff Sunflower, Helianthus paucifloris

Willow Leaf Sunflower, Helianthus salicifolius

Jerusalem Artichoke , Helianthus tuberosus

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun"

Dale's Strain, Huechera americana

Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria

Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica

Texas Lantana, Lantana horrida

Lantana New Gold, Lantana x New Gold

Tall Blazing Star, Liatris aspera

Spicebush, Lindera benzoin

Lindheimers Daisy, Lindheimera texana

Blue Flax, Linum lewisii

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis

Skeleton Plant, Lygodesmia texana

Southern Crabapple, Malus angustifolia

False Aloe, Manfreda virginica

Clover Fern, Marsilea macropoda

Black Foot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum

Peter’s Purple Bee Balm, Monarda X 'Peter Purple'

Spotted Beebalm , Monarda punctata

Big Muhly, Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Lindheimers Nolina , Nolina lindheimeriana

Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata

Rock Penstemon, Penstemon baccharifolius

Brazos Penstemon, Penstemon tenuis

Small Fame Flower, Phemeranthus parviflorus

White Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa ‘Forest Frost’

Red Whisker Clammyweed, Polanisia dodecandra

Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

Mexican White Oak , Quercus polymorpha

Prairie Flameleaf Sumac, Rhus lanceolata

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’

Giant Coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima

Katie's Dwarf Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie's Dwarf’

Katie's Pink Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie's Pink’

Germander Sage, Salvia chamaedryorides

Mealy Blue Sage, Salvia farinacea

Red Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii ‘Red’

Mesa Azure Sage, Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

Cedar Sage, Salvia roemeriana

Texas Sage, Salvia texana

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Roughstem Rosinweed, Silphium radula

Stiff Goldenrod, Solidago rigida

Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolis heterolepsis

Texas Betony, Stachys coccinea

Drummond's Aster, Symphotrichum drummondii 

Copper Canyon Daisy, Tagetes lemmonii

Stemless Four Nerve Daisy , Tetraneuris acaulis

Four Nerve Daisy, Tetraneuris scaposa

Stiff Greenthread, Thelesperma filifolium

Spiderwort Zwanenburg Blue, Tradescantia x ‘Zwanenburg Blue’

Concord Grape Spiderwort, Tradescantia x andersoniana

Tharps Spiderwort, Tradescantia tharpii

Red Cloud Spiderwort, Tradescantia x 'Red Cloud'

Prairie Verbena, Glandularia bipinnatifida

Cowpen Daisy, Verbesina encilioides

Iron Butterflyweed, Vernonia lettermanii x missurica

Missouri Violet, Viola missouriensis

Sweet Violet, Viola odorata

Zexmenia, Wedelia hispida

Green Yucca Twist Leaf, Yucca rupicola

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Heard Summer Nature Camps Register today for a summer camp at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary and give your child the gift of a connection to nature.

Do you remember the joy of spending childhood summers outdoors? Register today for a summer camp at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary and give your child the gift of a connection to nature. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is not only fun for our children, but also plays an important role in many facets of child development.

Heard Summer Nature Camps are geared toward children ages 5 through 12 and feature opportunities to investigate the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors and more.

In Nature Art Camp Butterfly, young artists (ages 12 through 16) will follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Audubon and Monet with unique opportunities to create their own art inspired by nature and live animals. Each day, a different type of medium will be explored. All art supplies are included.

Keeper Camps will offer children ages 10 through 15 an opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes, hands-on adventure with our Animal Ambassadors. They will also learn about the Heard Animal Ambassadors and what it takes to properly care for them.

This year, the Heard will also offer a new (indoor) Magic Planet Camp, which will take kids on a virtual journey through our solar system utilizing the Magic Planet, a 4-ft digital interactive globe.

Mini-camps will also be available.  Each mini camp explores a different natural science topic and includes indoor activities and time outside exploring our 289 acre sanctuary.  

For the complete information on camp topics, camp schedules and more details, visit www.heardmuseum.org/camps. Several of the Heard’s summer camps have already filled and pre-registration is required for all camps. Those campers who register by March 26 will also receive a $25 Heard Nature Store gift certificate (limit one per family/household).

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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Trout Lilies Trout lilies are among the first native plants to bloom at the Heard each spring.

Trout Lilies, Erythronium albidum, are now blooming at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. They are among the first native plants to bloom here each spring. These small plants are a favorite harbinger of the coming spring among seasoned Heard visitors, volunteers and staff.

These plants provide a delightful change from the dormant appearance of winter in North Texas. The delicate beauty of their white, down-turned flowers and lovely mottled leaves (from which they received a common name) are an interesting contrast to the surrounding colonnades of oaks and the many fallen leaves that insulated them through the winter. Their subtle charm makes the process of spotting them (pun intended) feel like a treasure hunt. As one of the first plants to bloom in spring, they also provide pollinators with food at a time when little else is available. 

While the Trout Lilies are just now beginning to bloom, we encourage you to come out to see them soon. They will only be in bloom a few weeks. Please remember to leave them where they are and enjoy them from the trail (as we always ask) so that future generations may enjoy them. They are regularly seen along part of the Hoot Owl Trail, but they can also sometimes be seen along part of the Bluestem Trail and even sometimes one spot on the Wood Duck Trail. 

These beautiful and delicate plants are just one of many things to watch for along our trails this time of year. Click here for more information about what to watch for along the trails this spring. For information about tips and guidelines for visiting the Heard, click here.

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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Dinosaurs Along Trail Get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit along the trail (please note that the dinosaurs will not be animated during the event).

Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience the most unique family-friendly holiday event in North Texas. On December 14 and 15, 2018 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 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.

Café Society will delight audiences with live jazz holiday music and entertainment under the stars in the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Irish dancers will also offer two performances each night. 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, treats and Cuban American food will be available for purchase. A portion of all food and beverage sales also benefits the Heard.

Support the Heard and have fun with the whole family at this holiday fundraiser. Tickets at the door 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 13 at www.heardmuseum.org/holidays. The public is also welcome to purchase event tickets as gifts.

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.