Stephanie Jennings
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Campers will encounter Animal Ambassadors Campers get hands-on connection to nature

Do you ever go for nature walks to clear your head? If so, you’ve probably experienced firsthand how time in nature can benefit your overall well-being. For example, you may have noticed your stress melt away and you may have enjoyed renewed energy after your walk.

In this context, consider the fact that the average child today spends about half as much time outdoors and participating in these kinds of activities as children did 20 years ago. When asked, many of today’s children may say they prefer to stay indoors in front of a screen. Often this happens because that is what they have become familiar with. Nonetheless, getting out in nature is important and beneficial to a child’s wellbeing. More and more studies seem to indicate that children who play outside exhibit improvements in mood, health and cognitive function as compared to children who spend more time indoors.

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.

Heard Summer Nature Camps (Camp Bobcat and Camp Woodpecker) 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, young artists (ages 6 through 10) 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 1 & 2 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.

For the complete information on camp topics, camp schedules and more details, visit Many of the Heard’s summer camps fill early and preregistration is required.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private, nonprofit organization and 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 is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.

Marketing & Communications Director at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. - Contact Stephanie at  
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