Kids' Spring Break Mini-Camps

Each mini-camp explores a different topic and includes indoor activities and time outside exploring our 289 acre sanctuary. Preregistration required. Click here to preregister.

  • Ages: Kindergarten-6th grade (Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2016)
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m.
  • Tuition per mini-camp: $17/member*; $20/non-member
Tuesday, March 7 - Scales & Scutes

Are snakes really slimy? What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Find out when you meet some of our live animal ambassadors and preserved specimens of reptiles. After a nature walk, make an origami herp of your own.

Wednesday, March 8 - Catering for Caterpillars 

Learn about plants that insects such as butterflies need in order to survive. Try hands-on gardening and take an insect host plant home with you.

Thursday, March 9 - Keeper Camp Jr. 

Get a behind the scenes peak at what it takes to care for our exhibit and education animals, help prepare food, and meet some of our animals.

Story Time

March 10, 10:30 a.m.

This story time is designed primarily for young children and will introduce a different nature-themed book each week. During most of the story times, a puppet, live animal or enrichment items will be included to enhance the experience. This program should last approximately 30-45 minutes depending on the book covered. Story times are included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members. Offered weekly--click here for more information.

Second Saturday Bird Walks

March 11, 8 a.m.

Second Saturday Bird Walks are designed to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Reservations are not required; however, make sure to arrive on time. These walks are available annually from September through June. Learn more about birding at the Heard by clicking here.

If you'd like more information about the kinds of birds you might see on your walk, be sure to visit the Checklist of Heard Sanctuary Birds, which contains helpful information about species that have historically been spotted here. Inexpensive copies are also available in the Nature Store.

Owl Prowl Night Hike 

March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Click here to preregister

Bring your family to see a live owl presentation and then stay for a guided night hike on our sanctuary trails. If you have ever been on a hike and the sun set before you finished, you know that experiencing a trail at night can be a completely different experience from hiking during the day. Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers will be encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard. Preregistration is required and this program fills quickly. (Age 3 years through adult). 

Click here for more information about Heard night hikes and program requirements.

Spring Break General Admission Special

Monday, March 6, 2016 through Friday, March 10, 2017

Enjoy $2 off regular child (ages 3-12) general admission Monday, March 6, 2017 through Friday, March 10, 2017. Valid for general admission purchased at the Heard only. Not valid in combination with other offers.

*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants is only applicable to general admission and does not apply to education programs or special events.