Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Facility:Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Description:Enrich your love of nature by visiting this natural science education center, uniquely set and preserved in McKinney, Texas. With a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary, six miles of hiking trails, a two-acre native plant garden, live animals, indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as classrooms and laboratories, The Heard welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually, including more than 25,000 children who attend science and hands-on preschool, home school and summer camp programs. Hundreds of volunteers make The Heard their favorite backyard, and affinity groups, sponsors, donors and members contribute to The Heard's focus on ecosystem restoration and conservation. The Heard is dedicated to demonstrating, by example, the extraordinary importance of protecting the environment and natural habitats.
Address 1:1 Nature Place
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Zip Code:75069
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Hours:Open to the public
Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Admission:$8 for adults
$5 for children ages 3-12 and senior citizens
Admission to the exhibits and grounds for Heard Museum members is FREE.
Telephone:(972) 562-5566
Stacy F., Co-op Member
I have taken my children here a couple of times and they have enjoyed it immensely. They are very homeschool friendly! They have classes geared just towards homeschoolers and they even have a homeschoolers day that is FREE! Exhibits are changed often which makes it nice to visit more than once a year. They also plan events regularly. Overall, it is an excellent and inexpensive place that the family will enjoy.
J.S., Co-op Member
The Heard Museum is a great family field trip with something for all ages. There are several hikes of varying lentghs and difficulty levels. None of the trails are paved, but some of them are jogging stroller accessible. My family and I have been several times and we always see lots of different birds, small animals, and vegetation. The indoor exhibits are small, but most small children will find them interesting. They usually have an animatronic dinosaur exhibit visiting at least once or twice a year and it is always a hit with our little paleontologists!
AKA, Co-op Member
The Heard has so much to offer. The indoor museum is small but still keeps my kids occupied for at least an hour. There's an outdoor zoo area with a few animals, and a butterfly house. There are also trails of varying lengths, including some with boardwalks that go into wetland areas. My kids especially enjoy the boardwalks. Keep an eye out for their occassional free days!
Vicki Sword, Co-op Member
This is a great field trip destination. It is great for hiking as well. On occasion, they have special exhibits to enhance their regular exhibits. The dinosaur exhibit was especially interesting. A great place to go that is close to the metro-plex.
JB, Co-op Member
My son and I went to combine a little physical activity along with a social studies project. We walked two of the trails for a 3 mile trek, saw lots of things that pertained to our project and got him interested in a little bit of photography :) Great afternoon!!!
Michelle Jones, Co-op Member
We went this year not long ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my daughter. We were able to take part in a live animal show and it was great. Very informative and the children loved being able to learn about turtles and snakes and loved touching them as well. I even learned some new facts about both myself. The trails are absolutely beautiful. You also get the added benefit of them having some live animals displayed both inside the museum and outside as you are walking the path. I have not been there during the dinosaur exhibit but I can't wait to take my daughter I have heard some wonderful things about it. I also want to try some of the programs they have for adults, they sound great although I have not attended one yet.
Tina B, Co-op Member
Our family has visited the Heard Museum on several occasions, usually to photograph and collect fallen leaves and getting bark rubbings for Biology class projects. The outdoor trails are wonderful ways to explore nature as there were all kids of outdoor creepy, crawlies around and listening to the bird calls was neat. It's a place where you can escape the city for a little while and enjoy the great outdoors.
Heidi C, Co-op Member
The Heard is a fun facility. If you enjoy Hiking this is a great day out. I highly recommend the classes that are offered at the Heard. If you are a part of a scout group, the merit badge activities that they do are top notch.
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