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Winter break activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Winter Break Mini Camps


Have a fun Winter Break close to home

Winter mini camps at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offer a unique opportunity for kids to explore the great outdoors during the winter break. 

These mini camps are designed to provide children with an engaging and educational experience, all while having fun! With a variety of activities to choose from kids are sure to have a blast while learning about the world around them.

Winter Mini Camps at the Heard

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.


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.

Kindergarten –  6th Grade*

January 3, 4 & 5; 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 camp will use the GeoGlobe, a digital interactive globe, 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!

What dinosaurs lived around here? Did all dinosaurs live at the same time? What other animals lived with the dinosaurs? We’ll spend some time digging into these and other dinosaur and fossil questions. We’ll go outside and explore the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit and find out about what fossils we find here. Everyone will also get their own fossil to keep.

What happens to birds in the winter? What is migration and do all birds do it? What do birds eat? And who flies the fastest?

We’ll investigate these and other things about birds. Everyone will also get to make a feeder they can take home to share with their feathered friends.

How do we know what animals live here at the Heard? What signs and tracks do they leave for us to find?

We’ll take a hike outside and see what evidence of different animals we can find. And we’ll make some of our own tracks or signs to take home.



Kindergarten – 6th Grade

(Minimum age 5 years on September 1, 2023) 


Member Rate: $21

Non-Member Rate: $24