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Plesiosaur Exhibit at the Heard Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas, is excited to announce extended summer hours from June 1 to August 5, 2024. This initiative aims to provide visitors with more opportunities to explore the sanctuary during the cooler parts of the day, enhancing their experience and connection with nature. The new hours will allow early morning and late evening visits, creating a perfect setting for observing wildlife and enjoying the serene environment.

During these dates, our regular hours of operation will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.*
  • Saturdays 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.*
  • Sundays 1 p.m.-5 p.m.*

These cooler periods also coincide with peak activity times for many animals, offering a unique chance for visitors to witness wildlife that might otherwise be hidden during the Heard’s regular hours of operation. Early risers might catch a glimpse of activities such as deer grazing and the symphony of birds during their morning routines. Evening visitors might experience the enchanting transition of day to night, with creatures like frogs, raccoons, armadillos, bats and more becoming active as the sun sets. Fireflies may sometimes light up the path as well, adding a magical touch to the nocturnal landscape.

The extended hours also mean more time to explore the sanctuary’s diverse habitats, which are home to a variety of species, including from mammals to an impressive array of birds. This makes it a fantastic spot for both avid nature enthusiasts and families looking to spend quality time outdoors. A list of bird species previously spotted at the Heard in June is available here.

Overall, the extended summer hours at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature in a more comfortable and immersive way. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, these additional hours ensure that everyone can experience the sanctuary's wildlife and natural beauty.

*Please note entry will not be granted less than an hour before closing time. See schedule exceptions at HeardMuseum.org/Hours.

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, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit HeardMuseum.org.

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T-Rex at Holidays at the Heard T-Rex at Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas

Are you looking for fun winter activities for your family? Look no further than the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas! With a variety of events, exhibits, nature trails, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, TexasOn December 8 & 9, 2023, Holidays at the Heard, presented by Plano Tree Care, will bring the beauty of the holiday season into nature. This annual event is designed to complement the sanctuary's natural beauty. Holiday lights and décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Enjoy live, festive music under the stars in the outdoor amphitheater. You'll also get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit and enjoy family-friendly activities. It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit with your family. Get event tickets and more information now at HeardMuseum.org/Holidays.

In addition to the Holidays at the Heard event, you'll also be able to visit for Holidays Extended Hours on December 10 and from December 12 to 16, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a peaceful tour of the Heard's lighted nature trail as you stroll through a beautiful forest and prairie.

For children in kindergarten through 6th grade, Heard Winter Mini Camps are a great way to keep them engaged and entertained during the winter break. These half-day camps offer a unique opportunity for kids to explore the great outdoors while school is out. These mini camps are designed to provide children with an educational experience, all while having fun! With three mini camps to choose from, kids will have a blast while learning about a variety of aspects of science and nature.

And don't forget about Dinosaurs Live! This exhibit brings these ancient creatures back to life and will be open during the Heard’s regular hours through February 19, 2024.  This exhibit features life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar, providing a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you explore half-mile nature trail and encounter these prehistoric creatures.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary memberships offer discounts to all of the activities detailed above! They also make a great gift idea for those interested in offering their friends and family a connection to nature this holiday season. Plus, you’ll be supporting the Heard’s nonprofit mission to bring nature and people together.

Be sure to visit the Heard Natural Science Museum this winter to make memories with your family, celebrate the season, and learn about the natural world. There's always so much to see and do at Heard. Learn more about the Heard and plan your next adventure at HeardMuseum.org.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard 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.

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Heard Trail Guide Heard Trail Guide

Would you like to learn more about the nature and history of the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney?

Join us for the 2023 Trail Guide Training class series. You will get to learn aspects of the Heard’s trails. You’ll also learn to help guide school groups and more along Heard nature trails.

The classes will be offered on two Fridays in September (September 22 and September 29) from 9 AM to 3 PM in Laughlin Hall at the Heard. Participation in both sessions is required. All guides must be registered volunteers at the Heard.

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and bring lunch, water, and bug spray. This training session will focus on the two trails we primarily use for school groups. Pre-registration is required, and spots are limited. Join us on this great adventure by submitting a Heard volunteer application and indicating your interest in this program on the form.

Learn more at https://www.heardmuseum.org/event/trail-guide-training-2023/

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Explore the trails with your group Explore the trails with your group

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wide variety of group programs. While there is a steady offering of prescheduled programs to choose from, the Heard also offers many programs that are both customizable to your group's needs and available by reservation.

Special events are available at the Heard throughout the year and make a great group outing. Choose from Holidays at the Heard (December 9-10, 2022) and more. 

Group overnight stays at the Heard offer groups an evening of fantastic discovery after hours! Our programs consist of team-building activities, educational presentations, and the opportunity to experience Texas wildlife. Our programs are specifically customized based on your group’s interests.

The Heard Ropes Course offers prescheduled Zip Line Days in which small groups or individuals are welcome to participate. Groups of 10 or more can schedule custom programs designed to encourage groups to communicate, problem-solve, and listen. 

The Heard's Wetland Canoe Trails are available seasonally due to the ephemeral nature of the onsite wetlands. The Heard offers prescheduled programs in the spring. Groups of 12 or more may also book a program as the schedule permits. 

Scout badge workshops are scheduled throughout the school year. Those scouts interested in badges that are not currently listed may contact the Heard to set up a custom program for groups of 10 or more. While these programs are geared towards scouts, anyone interested in the topics may attend. 

Educational field trips also offer fun opportunities for group learning and exploration at the Heard. These are available throughout the school year by reservation. 

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 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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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden

The Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas closes for the year on October 2, 2022. Don’t miss your chance to walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. 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. Nectar plants are also available inside the butterfly house 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. Learn more about this exhibit at 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, emphasizing an appreciation of nature and its conservation. For more information, visit www.heardmuseum.org.

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White-tailed Deer Animal Ambassador at the Heard White-tailed Deer Animal Ambassador at the Heard

This North Texas Giving Day, September 22, please consider helping the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas, replace our Animal Care Cottage! The cottage is an integral part of being able to efficiently and effectively take care of our animal ambassadors on the Animal Encounter Trail. Having an area near the trail for food preparation, storage, and cleaning reduces animal care time by half (compared to what it would be if we did not have an area like that nearby). A better-equipped cottage than what currently exists would further allow our staff and volunteers to save time on these particular daily animal care tasks.

Why is this important? 

By increasing the efficiency of animal care tasks such as food preparation, storage, and cleaning as much as possible, our staff and volunteers will have more time available for further enrichment activities, training, education, and more. Adding additional storage space near the trail would also help tremendously with things like training by making that equipment handier. Moreover, we would be able to store equipment such as kennels, where everything is more easily accessible in an emergency.

Additionally, during the increasingly extreme Texas weather, having a place where staff and volunteers can take breaks with air conditioning and heat has become important for the safety of those taking care of the animal ambassadors. Heard staff and volunteers spend at least six hours per day, 365 days a year, in the current Animal Care Cottage, in every type of weather. 

Project Information

Built in 2008, the current cottage has aged, and the needs of the animals in our care have grown. As a result, the Heard needs a new facility that will provide insulation, heat and air conditioning, wifi, new appliances, and more. This project is estimated to cost approximately $30,000. Please consider contributing today. A gift of just $25 would help us meet our goal to replace the Animal Care Cottage. Gifts made prior to September 22 will be scheduled and processed on that date. 

Thank you for your consideration of this project and your support!

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Founded in 1967, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney Texas consists of a natural science museum, indoor and outdoor exhibits, over six miles of nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary. The Heard hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year, drawing families, educators, researchers, environmentalists, and more. Visitors hike the trails year-round (self-guided or interpreted by Heard volunteers and staff, by reservation) and have the opportunity to encounter many species of flora and fauna. Programs offered by the Heard include exhibits, school field trips, outreach programs, homeschool natural science programs, preschool natural science programs, summer nature camps, birthday parties, scouting initiatives, environmental research programs, team-building initiatives, night hikes, and community events.

Protected for its biological importance and for scientific and educational use, this nature preserve is part of the less than 1% of the Blackland Prairie (the most endangered ecosystem in North America) that remains. The Heard Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve rather than a park because of the special character of this area and the rarity of some of its plants and animals. Preserving these natural resources depends on our collective stewardship. Because the Heard does not receive regular tax funding, improvements to our facility and conservation of these resources are made possible with the support of individuals like you through donations, admissions, and volunteering.

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. The Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is largely fulfilled through onsite educational programs, which emphasize an appreciation of nature and its conservation and utilize the natural resources available within our 289-acre nature preserve.

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary located in McKinney, TX also manages roughly 60 combined acres of Blackland Prairie restoration sites. The Blackland Prairie ecoregion once covered over 19,000 square miles in Texas, which began at the Red River, north of Dallas, and extended south to present-day San Antonio. Now, less than 1% of this ecologically critical ecosystem remains.

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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.

How Can You Help?

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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.