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December 29 - Paleo Party: T-Rex and Friends December 29 - Paleo Party: T-Rex and Friends

Looking for something fun to do as a family during the winter break? You don't have to wait till the summer to enjoy some of the fun of Heard camps! Join us for one of our four upcoming family fun Winter Mini Camps during the winter break.

Designed for kids and adults to attend together, each of the four mini camps explores a different topic and includes indoor and outdoor activities as well as a take home project.  Spaces are limited and preregistration is required, so be sure to sign up today.

Mini Camp Offerings:

  • December 22 - Weathering Winter
    Ever wonder where the butterflies go when the temperatures turn frosty? How do animals like snakes and turtles make it through the winter? Join us as we explore some of the fascinating ways that animal survive the cold. You’ll also get to take home your own wintery “snowman” ornament made from wood collected on the sanctuary to decorate on your own.
  • December 23 - Tweets for the Birds
    Do you know which birds spend the winter in our area? Would you like to learn how to better identify birds? Come with us on a family-friendly hike to see what birds are out and about on the sanctuary. You will also make a simple birdfeeder to take home to help attract birds to your backyard.
  • December 29 - Paleo Party: T-Rex and Friends
    Heat up your winter with some dino fun and “bone up” on prehistoric creatures that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. Meet T.Rex and the other animatronic dinosaurs on the Dinosaurs Live! trail and even get to take home a fossil of your own!
  • December 30 - Who Hooted?
    Know which owl calls “who cooks for you” or whinnies? Learn to identify the calls of different owls in our area and practice making them yourself. We’ll also dissect real owl pellets to see what owls eat and visit our own resident exhibit screech owls, Pudge and Poe.

Each camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the day scheduled.  These camps are for children ages 5 or older and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Each adult may be accompanied by up to four children. The tuition is $23 per person per camp for non-members and $20 per person per camp for Heard Museum members. Participants should also wear clothing appropriate for spending time outside walking on uneven terrain. Mini camp participants will also receive free general admission for the afternoon of the day of the mini camp they attend.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit 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.  For more information, visit

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