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Heard Event

Trail Guide Training - Volunteer Opportunity

Event Date: September 17, 2021
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

Looking for a great volunteer activity?  How about becoming a Trail Guide at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary?  Learn how to share your knowledge and love of nature with children and adults on the Heard trails from Dave Powell, a Heard volunteer and Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalist.


Each of the 4 sessions is a 6-hour course. You will also need to become a Heard volunteer (if you are not already one) in order to become a Heard Trail Guide. Get more information about being a Heard volunteer and apply here.


Trail Guide Training Overview 

  • Dates/Times:  See chart below
  • Location:  Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069
  • Directions & Parking: Directions & Parking – Heard Museum
  • Sign-up:  To secure a spot in this annual training, please click here to register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4CA8A62EA1FE3-trail3
  • Meet at:  Laughlin Hall – Enter the main museum building, turn to the right, and proceed down hallway to Laughlin Hall.
  • Dress:  Routine dress code for activity in the field: Long pants, boots/close-toed shoes; long-sleeved shirts are recommended.  Master Naturalists should wear their name badges.
  • Bring:  Lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellant and face mask


Trail Guide Training Dates and Times

NOTE:  There are 4 sessions in this training.  Friday and Saturday training each week are the same, so sign up for only one course (Friday OR Saturday).

  • Session 1: Training on Hoot Owl and Laughlin Loop
    • Sept. 17 OR Sept. 18; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Session 2: Training on Blue Stem and Wood Duck
    • Sept. 24 OR Sept. 25; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Session 3: Training on Cedar Break and Sycamore
    • Oct. 1 OR Oct. 2; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Session 4: Training on types of groups, review and makeup
    • Oct. 8 OR Oct. 9; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.