Do you remember the joy of spending childhood summers outdoors? Register for Heard Summer Nature Camps and share those wonderful moments and memories with your child. The Heard’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment. Heard Summer Camps will feature opportunities 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 many facets of child development.

2017 Summer Camp Information

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Do you remember the joy of spending childhood summers outdoors? Register for Heard Summer Nature Camps and share those wonderful moments and memories with your child.

The Heard’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment. Heard Summer Camps will feature opportunities 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 many facets of child development.

Summer Nature Camps

9:30AM-2:30PM
Week-long Camps
$210 Heard Museum Members* | $235 non-members 
Ages: 5-12 Years (as of June 1)

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These weeklong Heard Summer Nature Camps will feature opportunities to delve into the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors, investigate nature-themed topics, and more!

  • Camp Bobcat
    Mammals ‘R Us – learn more about these furry critters; Night Shift – find out who comes out at night; Pondtopia – discover the wonder of ponds; Grossology – nature’s icky, oozy and smelly stuff; Sun, Moon & Stars – explore outerspace; Ecogames
    • June 12-16 
    • June 19-23 
  • Camp Woodpecker
    Topics: Beaks, Feathers & Wings – bird studies; Creepy Crawlers – learn all about ‘em; Wild About Wetlands – discover why we need them; Reptiles: Now & Then – learn about reptiles through the ages; Fossil Fundamentals – explore some of the museum’s collection; Ecogames
    • June 26-June 30 
    • July 10-14 

Nature Art Camp

9:30 AM-12:30 PM
$160 Heard Museum Members* | $185 non-members
Ages: 6-12 Years (as of June 1)
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  • June 5-9 - FULL
  • July 17-21

Youth artists will follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Audubon and Monet with unique opportunities to create their own art inspired by nature and live animals. Each day, a different type of medium will be explored. All art supplies are included. 

This year, our Nature Art Camps will be led by Lynne Hubner, who presently serves as the exhibit Curator at the Heard. Ms. Hubner earned a BFA in Drawing from Manhattanville College, New York, as well as an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas.

Hubner is the co-founder and acting president of the North Texas Printmakers Guild. She runs an active printmaking studio in the Historic District of McKinney, Texas where non-toxic processes are stressed. She is an independent artist, lecturer, educator and workshop facilitator. She specializes in relief printmaking in its many permutations. She is a frequent workshop presenter at the Women Printmakers of Austin and Burning Bones Press in Houston. She is also an instructor at Ghost Ranch, the Nature Printmaking Society, Wingtip Press, Flatbed Press, the Georgetown Arts Center and a featured presenter with Print Houston and Print Austin.

Keeper Camps

9:30AM-2:30PM
Week-long Camps
$260 Heard Museum Members* | $285 non-members
Ages: 10-15 Years (as of June 1)

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Keeper 1
  • June 5-9 
  • July 17-21

Campers experience a behind-the-scenes, hands-on adventure with our education and exhibit animals. Learn about our different animals and what it takes to properly care for them.

Keeper 2

July 24-28 

Want more? Continue your adventure and discover even more about taking care of animals and enriching the lives of our animal ambassadors. Prerequisite: must have attended Keeper Camp 1.

If you would like to be notified when Nature Art Camp details are finalized, please note this on your registration form or email skennedy@heardmuseum.org.

Summer Mini Camps

Ages: 5-12
Time: 9:30am – noon
Tuition: $20/non-member; $17/members (per mini camp)
*Mini Camps are not included in the Early Bird Offer.

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  • 7/5: Reptiles: Now & Then
  • 7/6: Creepy Crawlers
  • 7/7: Grossology
*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.