Special Note – COVID-19

Face Masks Required

Per Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, the Heard will require face masks that cover the nose and mouth for all visitors and employees when they are in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to other visitors (who are not in your visiting group), Heard staff or any captive animals* at the Heard (including those on the outdoor exhibit trail).

This guideline applies in both indoor spaces as well as those as outdoors including, but not limited to, the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail, the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden, the Animals of the World Exhibit trail, the Pioneer Village and picnic areas. In order to abide by the Executive Order, we reserve the right to ask any visitor that chooses not to comply to leave the property without refund. Learn more about the appropriate use of cloth face covers here.


Please practice all other recommended safety practices including

  • Maintain social distancing (remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in your household).
  • Frequently wash or sanitize your hands as necessary.
  • Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
*A number of animal species have already been shown to be susceptible to COVID-19. Scientists are also still working to determin the risks to additional species. Please help us keep our animal ambassadors safe.  Learn More


If you are able, please consider purchasing a Heard Museum membership. Our memberships are largely tax-deductible and, upon request, you may defer your activation date so that your membership doesn’t begin immediately. Memberships are available on our Membership Page. Thank you for your consideration!


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation encourages Americans to contribute to charity in 2020 by relaxing some of the limitations on charitable contribution. For instance, allowing a deduction of up to $300 of cash contributions, whether or not the taxpayer itemizes deductions on their taxes. Also, the new law scraps the 50% limit on charitable deductions for individuals.



Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard at the age of 80. In a time when the rate of expansion of the Metroplex was slower than today, she foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.


Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary staff is closely monitoring the Coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) outbreak and implementing any recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and guests is among our top priorities. If you have any additional questions regarding the Coronavirus, we recommend visiting the CDC website for additional resources.


Thank you for your support of the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary and your patience as we continue to respond to this outbreak. Any additional necessary updates to information we provide (other than schedule changes) will be posted to this page.


While much of our staff is working out of office, we thank you for your patience in our response to any questions you may have. Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions.