spring break activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Spring Break Mini Camps


Looking for a fun and educational way to spend spring break?

Look no further than Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary!

Our spring break mini camps offer a unique opportunity for children to learn about nature and science in a hands-on way. With a variety of themes to choose from, including wildlife, ecology, and geology, there’s something for everyone. Our experienced educators will guide campers through exciting activities, experiments, and games, all while exploring the beautiful natural surroundings of the sanctuary. Don’t miss out on this chance to make lasting memories and inspire a love of learning in your child. Register now for Heard’s spring break mini camps!

Kids walking the trail with a camp leader during spring break mini camp

Covid-19 Considerations

  • Masks are required for all campers & staff.
  • Social distancing will be practiced in each camp room and when outside as much as possible.
  • A health screening that may include a temperature check will be done at check-in.
  • Only staff & campers will be allowed into the building/classroom areas and a one-way path with will be used for drop-off/pick-up.
  • All touch items will be single use and disinfected between uses (pencils, markers, scissors, etc.).
  • High touch areas will be disinfected before and after each camp.
  • Hand sanitizer and hand soap will be available at all times.

Mini-Camps: Pre-K

Pre-K Keepers

March 12; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


We’ve designed a version of our popular Keeper Jr. mini-camp designed just for animal-loving preschoolers! We’ll learn about different animal groups, what animals need to live, how we take care of our Heard animal ambassadors. Mini-campers will even get to meet a few of them in person. Pre-registration is required.



Older 3 Year-Olds –  Younger 5 Year-Olds*


*Preschool campers born between September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020 (older 3s through younger 5 year olds) that are not yet in kindergarten. Must be able to use the restroom by themselves.


Member Rate: $21

Non-Member Rate: $24

Mini-Camps: K-6th

Each mini-camp explores a different topic, a hike on the sanctuary, and more. Preregistration required. Participants should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven gravel. Participants should also bring water in a carrier. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

Kindergarten –  6th Grade*

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*children that were ages 5-12 on Sept. 1, 2023

Journey through our Solar System and beyond! This mini-camp will use the GeoGlobe, a digital interactive globe, and movement activities to explore the unique characteristics of the planets and other objects seen in our night sky. We’ll also spend time outdoors exploring the fascinating characteristics of the planet we know best – the Earth!

Find out how fossils are formed and learn about some of the fossils that can be found in our area. We’ll look at and get to touch some of the fossils in our education collection. We’ll also take a hike on the sanctuary and look at where the fossils have been found!

Most of the changes to our Earth’s surface happen gradually through weathering and erosion or tectonic plate movement. But some changes are instantaneous! In this mini-camp, we’ll use the GeoGlobe to take a look at plate boundaries & movements and the geological processes that create volcanoes and earthquakes. Then we’ll head outside to discover the geological features of the Heard’s sanctuary. **Hands-on volcano activity involved!!**

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our exhibit and education animals. Learn about what it takes to care for them. Meet some of our education animals in person and create some enrichment items for them to use.



Kindergarten – 6th Grade

(Minimum age 5 years on September 1, 2022) 


Member Rate: $21

Non-Member Rate: $24

Spring Break General Admission Special

Monday, March 6, 2023 through Friday, March 10, 2023

Heard eNews subscribers will enjoy $2 off regular child (ages 3-12) general admission Monday, March 7, 2022 through Friday, March 11, 2022. Valid only during listed dates for general admission purchased at the Heard admissions desk only. Not valid online or in combination with other offers. Not a Heard eNews subscriber? Sign up now.

Special Monday Hours: March 11

The Heard is normally closed on Mondays, but will be open on Monday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Guests may not be admitted after 4 p.m.) For more information about our scheduled hours of operations visit our Hours page.