Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden
Open Now through October 4
Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. Guests will be able to view butterflies up close while learning about their life stages and more. The Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members.
The butterfly house is regularly stocked with an assortment of native butterfly species, which varies throughout the exhibit. Guests may even get to see a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis. Inside the butterfly house, nectar plants are also available to feed the adult butterflies. There are often even a few host plants for caterpillars to feed on.
The butterfly garden, too, is filled with nectar plants and host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. Guests may even find a few ideas to try in home gardens, which can in turn help pollinators on a broader scale. From time to time, other species of wildlife that feed on insects or the nectar plants may also be found in the butterfly garden, including hummingbirds. This area is also a great setting for nature photography. Learn More
Social Distance in Nature
To minimize contact, admission and membership may be purchased online in advance. Please practice all recommended safety practices including maintaining social distancing (remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in the group you’re visiting with). Come explore our 289-acre nature preserve and more. Learn More
Summer Nature Camps: Limited Spots Remain
Our Summer Nature Camps feature opportunities for children to delve into the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors, investigate nature-themed topics, and more! Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is not only fun for our children, but also plays an important role in child development.
Several of our camps have already sold out, so be sure to reserve your spot now! We also have spots available in our mini camps and we’ve added a few sessions of Magic Planet Camp to accommodate more campers. Learn More
Zip Line Days Resume
Our June 6th Zip Line Day is sold out. But if you missed out on signing up in time for it, our next Zip Line Day is only a little over a month away! Registration is available online now. Pre-registration is required for all Zip Line Days. Learn More
Summer Monday Hours
The Heard is typically closed on Mondays; however, on June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 20, 27 the Heard will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note that guests may not be granted entry after 2:30 p.m. on these dates. We are typically open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. See our website for further details. Learn More
Reserve Your Dino Birthday Party Now
Dinosaurs Live!, our annual exhibit featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs, returns September 5. Now is a great time to make sure you have your dinosaur-themed birthday party or other Heard birthday party booked. Our reservations (required) fill up quickly each year. Learn More
Please Vote for Us
If you have a moment, would you please consider voting for us as one of the best places for kids in the region? This very short survey requires no personal information to participate (other than zip code). You’re welcome to sign up for their newsletter but it’s not required. Being included in this kind of listing helps us connect with the public and further our nonprofit mission to bring nature and people together! Learn More
Daytripper Episode Rescheduled
The new episode of “The Daytripper” that featured the Heard was supposed to air in May. Unfortunately, the local PBS station, KERA, preempted their schedule that day. The episode will now air locally on June 20 at 10 a.m. on the same channel. Please tune in and share this information with your friends!
Support the Heard
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary needs and appreciates your support. The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We rely on memberships , admissions , donations , registrations, event ticket sales, volunteers and private rentals to operate. All of these offerings have been impacted by these unprecedented circumstances.
Your admission purchase, donation , or membership directly supports our operations and our mission to bring nature and people together and preserve our wildlife sanctuary. A gift as small as $5 could help feed two of our snake animal ambassadors for a week, for example. Moreover, donations and a portion of membership purchases are tax-deductible as allowed. Items on our wish list also directly meet many of our needs. We also have a variety of Heard shirts and more available for purchase in our new online store. Profits from these sales benefit the Heard.
Thank you again for your consideration and support!