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Support the Heard

Help Us Continue Our Mission to Bring Nature and People Together

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your support through volunteering, financial and in-kind contributions will help ensure the Heard will be sustained for future generations to enjoy. There are many ways to support the Heard ranging from in-kind donations to volunteering.

Six children from summer camp on a guided tour with a trail guide

Donate by Mail

If you prefer to make a monetary donation to the Heard by check, please mail it to:

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Attn: Brittany Kryder

1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069

Heard Museum Wish List

Animal Ambassadors at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary are an important part of the museum and help us teach both children and adults about wildlife and the pertinent role they have in nature worldwide. Our hope is that these animal ambassadors will inspire our visitors to care deeply enough about the natural world to take steps to restore and preserve ecosystems in North Texas and around the world. Every Animal Ambassador has very specific needs. Items that are listed on our Wish List directly meet many of our supply needs. By supplying these items, you are helping us reduce our operations costs in a variety of ways. Please consider helping to meet these needs by donating an item from our wish list below, or sponsor an animal ambassador.

  • We are in desperate need of a ½ ton or larger pickup truck for the sanctuary
  • Refrigerator
  • Cordless Dremel Tool


  • Ice Maker (2)
  • Garden Supplies
  • Push Mower (working condition)
  • Riding Lawn Mower (working condition)
  • Leaf Blower (working condition)
  • Weed Eater (working condition)
  • Printers
  • Laptops
  • Artificial Christmas Trees
  • Fog machines and fog liquid (4)
  • Strobe lights, esp professional size (2)
  • white and blue Christmas lights
  • digital slide scanner
  • oversize flat bed scanner
  • professional “blacklight” equipment (cannons, bars, etc) for loan during event
  • bird bath on pedestal
  • pickup truck
  • sponsorship for alligator hide tanning and mounting (approx. $3200)


  • Gift Card to Albertsons, hardware store (Groom and sons), Petsmart, D&L AgMart
  • Aspen mulch (only aspen)    
  • Timothy Hay
  • Autoclave
  • Backup Generator
  • Bird Cam
  • Bungee Cords – extra small to large
  • Coolers – 4 Jumbo
  • Dog Crates
  • 2 Medium
  • 2 Small
  • Flannel blankets
  • Fluker’s Ceramic Heat Emitter 150 Watt
  • Golf Cart
  • Hand-Vac
  • Heavy duty storage bins with secure cover (Large 30-40 Gal.)
  • Kong Brand dog toys
  • Lee’s Kritter Keepers – Medium & Large
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Dish scrub brushes
  • Dish drainer
  • Parrot Perches
  • Parrot Toys
  • Plastic bristle scrub brushes
  • Plastic crock pet dishes
  • Plexiglas: from full sheets to panels/pieces (minimum 12 x 18 inches)
  • Reptile basking lights, all wattages
  • Reptile calcium powder
  • Reptile heat pads
  • Rope
  • Towels (clean!)
  • UVB/UVA full spectrum florescent light bulbs/lamps – 18 inches long
  • Vacuum with hose attachment
  • Zoo Med Deluxe Porcelain Clamp Lamp with 8.5-Inch Dome
  • 4 cots with mattress pads
  • 4 sleeping bags (new, winter)
  • 12+ hour generator with cables
  • ice cleats, 3 pair each, women’s  sizes medium and large – example
  • small chest-type freezer
  • Tools Wish List
  • Brass shut off hose nozzles
  • Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Hemp rope
  • Hoses
  • Rope spools (all sizes, wood)
  • Animal Food Wish List
  • Please only donate organic fruits, and vegetables and 100% natural food items. THANK YOU!
  • Almonds
  • Cloves
  • Craisins
  • Hard nuts (brazil, pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut)
  • High quality canned dog and cat food
  • Ice packs, large
  • Jelly (all fruit)
  • Kong liver paste
  • Lemon
  • Natural canned or frozen fruit juices
  • Peanut butter (no sugar, natural)
  • Vanilla
Heard Exhibitions is looking for high-quality fossil, natural, scientific, art and collectible assemblages from local collectors which align with and support feature exhibits. In particular, we are looking for collections which will enhance the following upcoming exhibits.
  • Collections featuring bats (for example: collections such as fossil cave dwellers, fossil bats)
  • Collections featuring animals, history, life and science of the seas, rivers, lakes, wetlands, water treatment, water life, water care and conservation, etc.
  • Collections featuring predators (for example: fossil, science)
  • Collections which support natural history investigation/collecting
  • Sign making equipment
  • Protex Mount Care: taxidermy cleaning supplies
  • Expired Medications
  • Pill Bottles
  • Shredded Paper
  • Plastic Litter Pans or Bowls
  • Shock, Prong, Flea or Choke Collars
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Used Computer Equipment Older than 2 years and/or Not in Good Working Condition
  • Homemade Dog and Cat Treats
  • Over the Counter Flea Treatments