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. Preregistration is required for all night hikes.

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Seasonal Night Hikes

Upcoming Dates

Cost: $14 non-members / $12 Heard Museum Members* (Age 3 years through adult)

Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers will be encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard.

Owl Prowl Night Hike 

March 6, 6 p.m. - register

Cost: $20 non-members / $18 Heard Museum Members* (Age 3 years through adult)

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 and discover if any owls are out and about. Pre-registration required. 

Night Hike Attendance Tips


All night hikes depart from the main building.

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

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.

Participants will be outdoors for at least an hour.

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 Night Hikes book up quickly. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee availability.  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 skennedy@heardmuseum.org or call 972.562.5566 x241.

*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.
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