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  1. Wetland Canoe Trail

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    Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. No experience is necessary for any of the paddle programs. All participants will be given an introduction to canoeing that includes basic strokes, boat safety, and flat-water maneuvers. Member Rate: $32 per person; Non-Member Rate: $42 per person

  2. Zip Line Day

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    During our Zip Line Days, guests climb a 23-ft. tree to our zip platform and then proceed to a 487-ft. zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration is required.

  3. Family Campout

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    Join Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary for The Family Campout, an event that will offer groups an evening of fantastic discovery after hours! Our programs include team-building activities, the opportunity to experience Texas wildlife, s’mores, and more. Experience what it’s like to be a member of the Heard’s nightlife and enjoy a night that your group will never forget! Spots are limited, so be sure to get your ticket now. This program is available to families with kids ages 5 through 12. Each attending group must have at least 1 adult per 4 children to provide supervision. Cost is $24 per child (ages 5-12); $29 per adult (ages 18+)

  4. TxN 20 Highlights — Transportation

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    2022 TxN 20: Texan-led leadership in conservation for a sustainable future in Transportation.

    The Texan by Nature team is excited to present the fourth annual list of Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) Honorees. TxN 20 recognizes outstanding work in conservation and sustainability from Texas-based businesses.

    It’s an opportunity to showcase innovation, commitment to conservation, and best practices from the industries that keep Texas running: Agriculture, Architecture, Financial Services, Food, Beverage, & Grocery, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Municipal Services, Retail, Transportation, and Construction & Manufacturing. 

    Meet the 2022 TxN 20  Honorees leading sustainability in transportation: Cap Metro and DFW Airport.

    12 electric buses purchased in 2021— 2022 Honoree Cap Metro

    Who is Cap Metro?

    Cap Metro is Austin’s regional public transportation provider. CapMetro connects people, jobs and communities by providing quality transportation choices to Central Texas. Created in accordance with Chapter 451 of the Texas Transportation Code, CapMetro was established by a voter referendum on Jan. 19, 1985. The agency is funded in part by a 1 percent sales tax levied by members of its service area.

    How are they setting the standard?

    In the social sector, Cap Metro partnered with H-E-B, Central Texas Food Bank to deploy Help-at-Home kits to elderly and disabled citizens across Austin, dedicating 300-400 service hours a week to the Help-at-Home Kits program. 

    CapMetro used its resources to help provide meals to the hungry in our regions, providing access to basic food necessities without the risks of COVID.

    CapMetro uses 97% renewable energy purchased from Texas wind farms totaling around 8.7 million kilowatt hours of energy. With 12 new electric buses purchased in 2021, CapMetro will increase to 200 electric buses by 2026 to reduce its overall fleet greenhouse gas emissions. 100% of CapMetro’s electricity from Austin Energy is renewable (wind and solar) Green Choice electricity. 

    Powered by 100% renewable electricity from Texas wind farms — 2022 Honoree DFW Airport

    Who is DFW Airport?

    Today, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport warmly welcomes more than 73 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited super-hub airports in the world. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel.

    How are they setting the standard?

    2,000 DFW employees work to advance ESG initiatives, forming strategic partnerships with several prominent external entities, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Coca-Cola, Nestle, the University of North Texas, Avfuel Corporation, and the Dallas Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, to advance innovative approaches to sustainability. Additionally, DFW is powered by 100% renewable electricity from Texas wind farms, directly benefiting local economies. As a result, since 2010, the Texas electric grid (ERCOT) has increased from 8% renewables to over 20%. Waste collected from DFW’s food waste program is transported to local farms and compost facilities, resulting in 9 tons of food waste diverted from landfills since 2021.

    15 concessionaires from two terminals have been onboarded to the composting program, and the Airport anticipates expanding the program to additional concessions locations in the coming months. 

    Why Forward Thinking Leaders in Transportation Matter

    According to the EPA, the Transportation sector contributes more to overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, producing 27% of global emissions in 2020. Since bringing down emissions and getting from point A to point B are musts in the modern world, innovation in transportation is critical to keep a prosperous economy and protect the environment. Sustainability leaders like CapMetro and DFW Airport are keeping the world connected and protected.   

    How TxN20 Honorees Are Selected Each Year

    To select the 2022 TxN 20 Honorees, the TxN Team evaluated submissions and conducted independent research across 2,000+ of Texas’ publicly traded and private companies in 12 key industry sectors. 

    All companies were evaluated on a 17-point scoring system, from which the top 60 highest-scoring companies moved on to the final round of TxN 20. A selection committee of top industry leaders and experts was then formed to evaluate the top 60 companies and select the final 20 businesses recognized as TxN 20 Honorees.

    Honorable Mentions: Standouts in Sustainability

    In addition to this year’s TxN 20 honorees, here are three industry standouts for best practices in conservation and sustainability coming from companies across the agriculture industry.

    Industry Innovator: Kirby Corporation

    The Houston-based Kirby Corporation operates as the premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout all three U.S. Coasts and more. In 2020, they transported 423.4 million barrels of cargo without a spill in the water. Additionally, by 2024, they estimate a 25% reduction of marine CO2 emissions per barrel of capacity. 

    Industry Innovator: Union Pacific

    The Omaha-based Union Pacific delivers integral goods to families and businesses every day with efficiency and reliability. In 2021, they introduced Genset and Green Goat locomotives for service in California, Texas and Chicago, with fuel-savings of more than 20% compared to other diesel locomotives in similar use. Additionally, PSR efforts allowed them to reduce the size of their locomotive fleet, effectively retiring their least-efficient units.

    Industry Innovator: XPO Logistics

    The Greenwich-based XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistic services. In 2021, they launched a new rail freight service in partnership with Irish Rail to provide a greener, more efficient path to transport goods between Western and Southeast Ireland. Additionally, in European locations, they have installed intelligent LED lighting in 14 more locations, in total covering 55% of their square footage. 

    Get Involved:

    Is your company at the forefront of sustainability in Texas? Share your work with Texan by Nature by submitting Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data that showcases how your company benefits people, prosperity, and natural resources to programs@texanbynature.org.

    To be considered for the official TxN 20 list, companies must:

    • Have operations and employees based in Texas;
    • Share a demonstrated commitment to conservation & sustainability;
    • Showcase tangible efforts, impact, and data in conservation;
    • NOT be a conservation-based nonprofit (501c3).
  5. Water Is Alive Presents “Mitigation not Litigation” at a Story Collider Event

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    This event is an evening of scientists telling stories. We will present five stories including a story about how Virginia, the founder of Water Is Alive, was inspired by air pollution to work together with government entities and corporations to improve industrial practices with natural solutions. Water Is Alive is researching and developing the fermentation of agricultural by-products and organic wastes into biostimulants for wastewater treatment and nutrient reduction in waterways, agricultural soil enhancement, and bioremediation solutions to contamination.
  6. 2nd Saturday Bird Walk

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    2nd Saturday Bird Walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities provided for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks. This program is typically offered monthly from September through June annually. These walks begin promptly at 8 AM and last 1.5 hours. This program is included in general admission and is free for Heard Museum members.

  7. Zip Line Day

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    During our Zip Line Days, guests climb a 23-ft. tree to our zip platform and then proceed to a 487-ft. zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration is required.

  8. Holidays at the Heard

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    Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience the most unique family-friendly holiday event in North Texas. On December 9 and 10, 2022 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will bring the beauty of the holiday season into nature.

  9. CIVN’s 4th Annual Toy Giveaway and Holiday Party

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    Come and Join Commissary is Very Necessary along with Tribe Victory LLC and many other vendors as we celebrate a successful year together. The toy give away is sponsored by Toys For Tots and each child will receive a free Christmas Gifts.

  10. Young Melanated Gifted and Woke

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    Future Billionaires of America panel discussion. This event is considered a think tank. Come shop with the Alkaline Hour, Young Kings YK1K, Stay Down clothing, and other vendors. Live panel discussion and live performances. We are talking about business, family, and community activist-ism.

  11. Stars & S’mores

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    FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY. Spend a night of family fun at Stars & S’mores at the Nature Center. A variety of entertaining activities will be available for all ages, and the makings for s’mores will be provided next to a roaring fire. After roasting your marshmallows on a stick and enjoying your s’mores, take a guided night hike or make your way to the telescope provided to view the stars and constellations. Free – for members only.

  12. Morning Bird Walk

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    Join us for a monthly bird walk to enjoy the trails and our amazing feathered friends. Entry to the center is included in your ticket price. We will explore the various habitats at the Audubon Center in search of different bird species that utilize them! Please be sure to bring a pair of binoculars, wear comfortable footwear, and be prepared for the weather.