Exhibits & Collections
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. The
Living Lab is where students can handle actual specimens and use
tools to answer scientific questions. Exhibits at the Heard
Museum provide valuable learning opportunities for the more than 20,000 students who visit
The Heard Natural Science Museum maintains an extensive group of natural science collections. The collections include minerals and rocks, sea shells, insects (including moths and butterflies), bird skins, mammal skins and a herbarium. These archived collections are part of The Heard's resource for its ongoing research, education outreach and natural science exhibits. In addition, The Heard actively creates collections from prairie fragments, small pockets of undeveloped native habitats. This provides an important window into the past or snapshots of prairie flora and fauna as they exist in documented points in time.
The Natural Science Department does make the collections available for qualified researchers. Please contact Michele Dudas for further information.