These programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and cover a variety of subjects. Third Saturday Nature Talks 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. These talks begin at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Third Saturday Nature Talk Topics

June 16 - Backpacking

Experienced backpacker/hikers will show us how to streamline our backpacking gear and some good locations to visit.  They carry food, water, shelter, sleeping bags, cookwear, clothing and extras like maps, trekking poles and binoculars.  They will demonstrate how to make much of your own gear as well.

July 21 - Magic Planet Presentation

August 18 - Butterfly Rhythms: Butterfly population patterns through the year

A large number of butterfly species can be found in North Texas (more than 175 have been recorded) with the majority of them being in our area year round, as well as yearly emigrant species and the occasional uncommon stray.  All of the members of these categories follow regular patterns and rhythms, tied to - and influenced by - the environment and time of year.  Learn which are resident species, which are emigrants, which are strays, and hopefully leave with a better understanding of butterfly life history, migration, dispersal and emigration.

September 15 - Fall Flowers 

This session will take place on the grounds of the Heard Museum as several members of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Collin County Chapter take us on a walk to identify the plants and shrubs with fall blooms.  There may be a brief introduction inside before the groups head out.

October 20 - TBD

November 17 - TBD

December 15 - Winter Tree Walk

In the winter, when many plants have lost their leaves, it may seem impossible to identify these plants; however, during this hike, you will learn about some of the ways you can identify plants without their foliage. This program will be led by David Powell, Master Naturalist Emeritus.

Looking for additional informative talks? Please see the information about our seasonal Butterfly Talks or Second Saturday Bird Walks.