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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Founded in 1967, 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 offers Home School programs, Field Trips, programs for scouts and weekend nature programs. In the summer and on school vacations during the year, the Heard offers nature programs for youth.

The Heard’s indoor exhibits provide an interactive environment in which visitors can discover, enjoy and experience various aspects of the Texas natural environment. The exhibits also enhance the experience of visitors to The Heard by providing interpretation of natural events and objects found that might otherwise be overlooked or misunderstood when encountered on the wildlife sanctuary.The Heard Museum currently maintains exhibits on Texas’ venomous snakes, rocks, minerals and fossils, seashells and marine life, North Texas ecosystems, a children’s fossil dig, a marine room, and more. Exhibits at the Heard Museum provide valuable learning opportunities for the more than 20,000 students who visit each year

Texas Heritage Festival – July

The Texas Heritage Festival will feature toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ Western music, local artisans, historical demonstrations, and interactive children’s activities (like “cow patty” tossing!) You can also rustle up some tasty Texas grub, say “Howdy” to our resident wildlife ambassadors, and explore the Native Texas Butterfly Garden.

The young-ins will love exploring the Heard’s Pioneer Village, comprised of eight pint-sized buildings typical of prairie settlements in the late 1800s–such as a school house, general store, and settlers’ cabins!

Dinosaurs Live! – September – February

Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 9th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs at the Heard Exhibit.

Exhibit runs September 19, 2015 through February 21, 2016; consult the event page for more details. www.heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive

During the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit (September 19, 2015-February 21, 2016), the Heard will offer Deluxe Dinosaur Parties (by reservation only). More info here: http://heardmuseum.org/birthdays

Halloween at the Heard! – October

A Family Fun Night Fundraiser supporting The Heard’s mission of bringing people & nature together.   Kids will trick-or-treat on the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail. Watch a family-friendly movie under the stars in the amphitheater. Stroll through the “Haunted Forest,” participate in a costume contest (for kids ages 12 & under), and more!

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is open:  Regular Hours Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m

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