“educating the future about nature”
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney Texas, is the result of Bessie Heard’s vision for the future and her commitment to the community and North Texas. 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 exists to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. In keeping with Miss Heard’s vision, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation through education. The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age.
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a real 'gem' for the city of McKinney, Texas.
This is a sanctuary that actually any city should have. With about 6 miles of trails you are able to explore some really nice made natural landscapes and the place proves to be great for educating the past, present, future about nature to kids as well as adults.
Because we live in an era that the environment is seriously challenged, it is so great to have place where you can enjoy a nice walk in nature just few minutes away from the city. In this way we learn to appreciate the value of parks, trees, wetlands, animals and insects that are so greatly important for our own survival and well being.
If you are going to stay for a week or so in McKinney, then beforehand you should check out the sanctuary's website for any events that may be taking place the period that you are going to visit it. We enjoyed a night event that we were looking for owls. What a great thing to do, my kids absolutely loved it. There many natural exhibitions that you can visit within its premises that may not be that spectacular, but overall the natural native beauties are very well presented to visitors. Thumbs up!
Excellent place for a family daytrip.
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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
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- Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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