Open Monday – 2/19/24

While the Heard is usually closed on Mondays, on February 19, the Heard will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that guests may not be granted entry after 4 p.m. on these dates.

Date Night at the Heard

Night Out at the Heard – 2024

Join Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney for an evening featuring exhilarating live music, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere at the entertaining Night Out fundraising event. This special adults-only gathering invites you to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures under the stars, including dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.

 

Let the lively music set the mood, and have a blast on the dance floor. Savor a variety of dishes from the enticing food trucks. Raise a glass and toast to good times with a selection of beverages from the cash bar. With the serene beauty of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary as the backdrop, you’ll find yourself immersed in an evening of relaxation and fun. Connect with friends or that special someone and make new memories. Revel in good music, great food, and an ambiance that embraces the beauty of nature.

 

The event is for guests ages 21+. Get tickets now for an evening of casual sophistication and entertainment.

Date Night at the Heard

Night Out at the Heard – 2024

Join Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney for an evening featuring exhilarating live music, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere at the entertaining Night Out fundraising event. This special adults-only gathering invites you to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures under the stars, including dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.

 

Let the lively music set the mood, and have a blast on the dance floor. Savor a variety of dishes from the enticing food trucks. Raise a glass and toast to good times with a selection of beverages from the cash bar. With the serene beauty of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary as the backdrop, you’ll find yourself immersed in an evening of relaxation and fun. Connect with friends or that special someone and make new memories. Revel in good music, great food, and an ambiance that embraces the beauty of nature.

 

The event is for guests ages 21+. Get tickets now for an evening of casual sophistication and entertainment.

A trail leading into a wooded area

North Texas Giving Day 2024

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment. Your support through financial contributions will help ensure that the Heard, including a 289-acre nature preserve, will be sustained.

 

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Donations can be made through www.northtexasgivingday.org/organization/heardmuseum or at our website. Please consider helping if you can. If you’re not able to help financially, please consider sharing! That is also very helpful.

 

More About Us

 

Founded in 1967, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney Texas consists of a natural science museum, indoor and outdoor exhibits, over six miles of nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater and a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary. The Heard hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year, drawing families, educators, researchers, environmentalists, and more. Visitors hike the trails year round (self-guided or interpreted by Heard volunteers and staff, by reservation) and have the opportunity encounter many species of flora and fauna. Programs offered by the Heard include exhibits, school field trips, outreach programs, homeschool natural science programs, preschool natural science programs, summer nature camps, birthday parties, scouting initiatives, environmental research programs, team-building initiatives, night hikes and community events.

 

Protected for its biological importance and for scientific and educational use, this nature preserve is part of the less than 1% of the Blackland Prairie (the most endangered ecosystem in North America) that remains. The Heard Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve rather than a park because of the special character of this area and the rarity of some of its plants and animals. Preserving these natural resources depends on our collective stewardship. Because the Heard does not receive regular tax funding, improvements to our facility and conservation of these resources are made possible with the support of individuals like you through donations, admissions and volunteering.

 

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. The Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together is largely fulfilled through onsite educational programs, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation and utilizes the natural resources available within our 289-acre nature preserve.

 

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary located in McKinney, TX also manages roughly 60 combined acres of Blackland Prairie restoration sites. The Blackland Prairie ecoregion once covered over 19,000 square miles in Texas, which began at the Red River, north of Dallas, and extended south to present-day San Antonio. Now, less than 1% of this ecologically critical ecosystem remains.

 

Please note: the button labeled “register” below will take you to our North Texas Giving Day donation page.

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Heard

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Turn around, bright eyes! Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from our location, and we’re planning an incredible event to celebrate this rare cosmic event. Join us for a day of exploration and discovery as we witness the moon completely cover the sun, plunging the world into darkness for a few brief, awe-inspiring moments.

 

We’ll guide you through the science behind the eclipse, sharing fascinating facts about this incredible phenomenon and answering your questions. You’ll also have the chance to explore our beautiful sanctuary and observe the wildlife that makes their home here. Don’t miss your chance to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event with us at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary!

 

Each attendee will receive solar eclipse glasses with ticket purchase!

 

Come for the eclipse or stay all day and explore–it’s up to you! More information coming soon.

 

Tickets are limited. Be sure to save your spot now.

 

Price

Member Rate: $5

Non-Member Rates:

  • $25 – Adults
  • $15 – Ages 3-12

 

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Totality Schedule at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas

Eclipse Totality Schedule Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Credit: National Solar Observatory, AURA and National Science Foundation. Using NASA eclipse path data generated by Fred EspenakBesselian Elements for April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Specific eclipse data from the US Naval Observatory’s Astronomical Applications Department.

 

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Holidays at the Heard

Holidays Extended Hours – 12-16

After our Holidays at the Heard event dates, enjoy a peaceful winter walking tour of one of our nature trails accented with holiday lights and decor. Our half-mile lighted trail will lead you through a beautiful forest and prairie.  Learn More

Holidays at the Heard

Holidays Extended Hours – 12-15

After our Holidays at the Heard event dates, enjoy a peaceful winter walking tour of one of our nature trails accented with holiday lights and decor. Our half-mile lighted trail will lead you through a beautiful forest and prairie.  Learn More

Holidays at the Heard

Holidays Extended Hours – 12-14

After our Holidays at the Heard event dates, enjoy a peaceful winter walking tour of one of our nature trails accented with holiday lights and decor. Our half-mile lighted trail will lead you through a beautiful forest and prairie.  Learn More

Holidays at the Heard

Holidays Extended Hours – 12-13

After our Holidays at the Heard event dates, enjoy a peaceful winter walking tour of one of our nature trails accented with holiday lights and decor. Our half-mile lighted trail will lead you through a beautiful forest and prairie.  Learn More

Holidays at the Heard

Holidays Extended Hours – 12-12

After our Holidays at the Heard event dates, enjoy a peaceful winter walking tour of one of our nature trails accented with holiday lights and decor. Our half-mile lighted trail will lead you through a beautiful forest and prairie.  Learn More