These programs (unless otherwise noted) are open to the public and are free with paid general admission or Heard Museum Membership. Many of these programs will have an outside component. Please dress appropriately. Click here to preregister (required). These talks begin at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

September 17 - What is That Flower?

In this talk, volunteers from the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter will help you learn about the parts of various flowers. Then, you’ll go on one of the Heard’s trail to identify the plants that are blooming in the fall.  Be sure to wear long trousers, closed shoes and bug spray. Guests are welcome to bring cameras and note pads.

October 15 - Fossils

In this talk, learn what fossils are, which ones could be found in this area and a few basic ID skills.

November 19 - Bird Banding

Did you know that the Heard operates a bird banding station on the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary that monitors the flow of migrant songbirds during spring and fall migration each year? The station was established in 1978 and is the oldest bird banding station in the state of Texas. In this talk, members of the bird banding group at the Heard will introduce you to how the program operates and how the data collected is used to help scientists better understand population statuses and more.

December 17 - Winter Tree Walk

In the winter, when many plants have lost their leaves, it may seem impossible to identify trees; however, during this hike, you will learn about some of the ways you can identify plants without their foliage.