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Night Hiking in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Night Hikes

Image by Kathy Carter

Overview

Heard After Dark

Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides.

If you have ever been on a hike and the sun set before you finished, you know that experiencing a trail at night can be a completely different experience from hiking during the day. Landmarks change, as can your sense of direction. Even if you’ve hiked a trail several times, it can feel completely unfamiliar.

Large beautiful tree at night

Image by Kathy Carter

Seasonal Night Hikes

During our Night Hikes, attendees are encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard.

 

*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.

Register

Register via event page(s) linked below.

Price

Member Rate: $12

Non-Member Rate: $14

(Attendees age 3 or older)

Additional Information

Pre-registration is required for all night hikes.

Register via event page(s) linked below.

 

All Night Hikes depart from the Main Building.

Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are recommended.

 

Participants will be outdoors for at least an hour. 

 

You may bring a flashlight; however, it must have a red lens (or red film covering the lense) on it to protect your night vision (and the night vision of guests around you) while looking for nocturnal animals! Head lamps are not permitted.

Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Hikes are at least an hour long and include varied terrain and may not be suitable for children under 5 years.

 

Admission for toddlers and infants 2 years and under is free, but they must be in a carrier or backpack. Strollers are prohibited.

Please note that all Night Hike and Owl Prowl Night Hike ticket purchases are non-refundable

If you are unable to complete the registration process online, tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk of the museum prior to the event, while supplies last.

For additional information email education@heardmuseum.org or call 972.562.5566 x241.

Upcoming Events

Night Hike

April 20, 2024 8:00 pm See Details

Night Hike

May 4, 2024 8:00 pm See Details

Moonwalk Night Hike

Come and experience February’s full moon with us! First we’ll spend some time inside discovering features of the moon that you can see with your own eyes and with binoculars. We may even get a few pointers on some easy to spot constellations too. Then we’ll go out on a night hike that will include some time to practice spotting what we’ve learned.

Pre-registration required. 

Registration

Register through the event page linked below.

Schedule

February 24, 6 p.m.

Price

Members: $18

Non-members: $20

Ages 3 years through adult

Additional Information

Pre-registration required.

Registration coming soon!

Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are recommended.

 

Participants will be outdoors for at least an hour. 

 

You may bring a flashlight; however, it must have a red lens (or red film covering the lense) on it to protect your night vision (and the night vision of guests around you) while looking for nocturnal animals! Head lamps are not permitted.

Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Hikes are at least an hour long and include varied terrain and may not be suitable for children under 5 years.

 

Admission for toddlers and infants 2 years and under is free, but they must be in a carrier or backpack. Strollers are prohibited.

Please note that all Night Hike and Owl Prowl Night Hike ticket purchases are non-refundable

If you are unable to complete the registration process online, tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk of the museum prior to the event, while supplies last.

For additional information email education@heardmuseum.org or call 972.562.5566 x241.

  • Have your own binoculars? Bring them.
  • Don’t have binoculars? We have some you can borrow.
  • Is this suitable for children? Children are welcome if they can walk for an hour for the night hike and sit through and participate in the inside learning portion.
  • What if the moon is covered with clouds that night? We’ll still do the inside learning portion and go on the night hike; it just may mean we don’t get in any outside practice.
  • What if it rains? If the weather is not suitable for a night hike (heavy rain or thunder and lightning), then we will reschedule the event. However, it may not be rescheduled on a full moon. Registrants will have the option of coming to the rescheduled date or being issued a refund.

Upcoming Events

Owl Prowl Night Hike

March 16, 2024 6:30 pm See Details

Owl Prowl Night Hike

Join us for our annual fan favorite Owl Prowl. This year’s presentation features the Heard’s own screech owls, Pudge & Poe. Discover the answer to some commonly asked questions: Can they can turn their head all the around? How far away can they can hear a pin drop? Do they make a lot of noise when they fly? And are they like cats and cough up fur balls?  We’ll also talk about which owls make North Texas their home and how to identify them. After the live owl presentation, take a guided night hike on the sanctuary. Pre-registration required. 

Registration

Register through the event page linked below.

Schedule

March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Price

Members: $18

Non-members: $20

Ages 3 years through adult

Additional Information

Pre-registration required.

Registration coming soon!

Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are recommended.

 

Participants will be outdoors for at least an hour. 

 

You may bring a flashlight; however, it must have a red lens (or red film covering the lense) on it to protect your night vision (and the night vision of guests around you) while looking for nocturnal animals! Head lamps are not permitted.

Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Hikes are at least an hour long and include varied terrain and may not be suitable for children under 5 years.

 

Admission for toddlers and infants 2 years and under is free, but they must be in a carrier or backpack. Strollers are prohibited.

Please note that all Night Hike and Owl Prowl Night Hike ticket purchases are non-refundable

If you are unable to complete the registration process online, tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk of the museum prior to the event, while supplies last.

For additional information email education@heardmuseum.org or call 972.562.5566 x241.

Upcoming Events

Owl Prowl Night Hike

March 16, 2024 6:30 pm See Details