Encourage your preschooler's love of nature!

Preschoolers will have the opportunity explore all that the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. In each class, your child will be engaged in hands-on learning experiences that promote a connection to nature.

Preschool programs have been an integral part of the museum's mission since 1974. This informal science program introduces your child to the natural world through nature walks and hands-on science activities that foster cooperation with others, language development and creative play.

Preschool Nature Explorers is appropriate for children ages 3 and 4. (Please use child’s birthday as of Sept. 1.)

Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday from 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Please note that our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes for Fall 2016 are now FULL.

Registration Information

To register 
  • Step 1: Complete the registration form - click here
  • Step 2: Complete the payment form - click here  

Alternatively, you can use the monthly payment form. Please note registration is not complete until a registration form and payment have been completed and submitted for each participating child.


Fall Semester

  • Starts week of September 13
  • Ends week of Dec 13
  • No classes Thanksgiving week
  • Meet the Teacher Open House 
    • Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour.
    • Offered on the day of the child's registered class (Tues 9/6, Wed 9/7 or Thurs 9/8) from 10-11 a.m.

Spring Semester

  • Starts week of January 10
  • Ends week of April 11
  • No classes spring break week (3/7 - 3/9)
  • Meet the Teacher Open House 
    • Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour.
    • Offered on the day of the child's registered class  (Tues 1/3, Wed 1/4 or Thurs 1/5) from 10-11am


Per semester: 26 hour program/13 weeks

$230 non-members | $210 Heard Museum Members*

Monthly Payment Plan

  • (Includes $5 processing fee per payment)
  • $115  Non-member down payment | $95 Heard Museum Member down payment* 
  • A monthly payment (includes a $5 processing fee) will be charged to your credit card on file the 1st of October and November in the fall or February and March in the spring. 

Class Topics

Nature Explorers


Nature Explorers will learn about habitats and ecosystems. From forests to prairies to wetlands, we’ll explore the world around us. Using songs, finger plays, and stories we’ll discover how animals and plants make up a habitat, and how they adapt to that habitat. We’ll learn how animals that are awake at night cope with living in the dark. We’ll dig into dinosaurs and fossils. We’ll watch the season as it changes into fall and heads toward winter. We’ll talk about our responsibility to nature, and what we can do to help the plants and animals around us. We’ll explore the many different habitats on the sanctuary, and get up close to living animal visitors. 


Nature Explorers will study animal groups more closely. We’ll learn about the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. We will meet live animal ambassadors and discuss how their adaptations help them live in their environment. We will explore “Spaceship Earth” and learn ways that we can help take care of the earth for our future. We will watch spring appear on the sanctuary and learn about wildflowers, gardens, and the insects that visit them.

Regarding the Monthly Payment Plan: If you choose to use the Monthly Payment Plan, please note that you will also be required to submit a Credit Card Authorization Form. The credit card information you provide on that form will be used to process your additional monthly payments. A fee of $5 per payment for your first child applies. For additional children, you will only be charged $5 per child rather than per payment. You are responsible for keeping your credit card information up to date. Your card will be charged on the 1st of (Fall) October and November and (Spring) February and March. Failure to provide payment by two weeks after these dates will result in suspension from our program and may result in the loss of future privileges to use the monthly payment option.

*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.

Please note: all preschoolers must be potty-trained prior to participation in Preschool Nature Explorers.