Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: McKinney, Texas

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, located in McKinney, Texas, 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. While the Heard is now surrounded on many sides by many forms of human development, it all the more demonstrates the accuracy of Bessie Heard’s foresight in establishing and maintaining a place where future generations could explore north Texas in natural conditions.

The Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard’s education department offers innovative programs designed for all age groups, interest and abilities. Programs include guided nature trails, live animal presentations, a preschool program, homeschool science classes, summer camps, adult workshops, teacher workshops and more. The goal of Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is to connect kids with nature–with the hope to inspire within them, as well as their parents, families and teachers, a deeper appreciation for the environment.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary received a TxN Certification in 2020. View the certification page here.

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