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When is North Texas Giving Day?

Thursday, September 14, from 6 AM Central – Midnight

Simply go to to give during the donation period.

Or, join us at Party in the Park - September 14 5-8 p.m.

Why Give During North Texas Giving Day?

When you give via, your donation goes further with bonus funds and prizes. All donations scheduled between September 7th and 13th or made between 6am and midnight on September 14, 2017 qualify. Your donation triggers opportunities for the Heard  to win prizes rewarded at random or for the highest number of donors! This year every dollar given up to $10,000 will be multiplied with bonus funds when donors give online through

What is North Texas Giving Day?

North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas’ annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas. The day is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration, and of course North Texas coming together! North Texas Giving Day’s goal is to help build awareness and support for nonprofits in North Texas, while making giving easy for donors. Since 2009, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $156 million into the North Texas community. In 2016, $37 million was raised through more than 142,000 gifts benefiting 2,518 nonprofits.

Collin County Giving Day Party in the Park

Join us at Collin County Giving Day Party in the Park, hosted by Volunteer McKinney, in Finch Park in McKinney, Texas from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, food trucks and more. Be sure to stop by the Heard's table, too. Click here to learn more.

How to Help the Heard

With your help on North Texas Giving Day, we are working to secure funding to help the Heard continue to protect and restore our Sycamore Trail.

At approximately 165 years old, the Perkins Sycamore is one of the oldest and perhaps most beautiful trees at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. In the warmer months, this tree is accentuated with beautiful star-shaped leaves. The leaves transition to a golden color in the fall. Then in the winter, as the leaves die away, it’s all the easier to appreciate how different the bark is from this tree than most of the surrounding trees.

Not only are these trees aesthetically appealing, they’re also great wildlife magnets. Their seeds are attractive to many birds. Their scaly bark provides Birds Nest in Sycamore Treehiding places for a number of invertebrate species, which in turn provides food for a variety of birds and wildlife.

If you’re new to the Heard and have tried to see it and haven’t been able to, there’s a good reason. This tree is located on a trail that is located a major floodplain. This floodplain is a great asset and source of protection for neighboring and upstream communities in times of flood. This also means that we face results of increased flooding over the last few years that the general public might not see. In addition to the unusual floods we’ve had, as more land is developed upstream, less water is absorbed into the ground and more runs off. Population growth also means more litter. The litter that also can be seen spread out in normal environments concentrates into our water ways and ends up at places like the Heard.

The Heard is in the process of restoring our Sycamore trail, which is disproportionately affected by these negative effects. Bridges have washed out or been displaced. Some trails have also become extremely muddy and often virtually impassable. We also regularly have a great deal of trash to clean up.

Please consider contributing to our efforts to preserve this great resource. If you’re able to help financially, your funds will be directed towards the equipment and supplies necessary to get the work accomplished

With your help on this ongoing project, we will be able to accomplish many of our planned Sycamore Trail restoration and preservation projects. Thank you for your support and consideration of our project! With your help we will sustain the Heard’s mission to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment.

Project Background

Because portions of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary are located on a major flood plain, it is also subject to anything that washes downstream from runoff. Protecting these natural resources will continue to become increasingly difficult as more land is developed upstream. 

As you may have observed, trash often washes downstream. Less easy to observe are the fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and more that also find their way down waterways. At even a molecular level, these changes can impact an array of flora and fauna.

Additionally, seeds and pieces of invasive plant species wash downstream and take root in the wildlife sanctuary. As more of the native plant life, which provides some natural filtration and keeps soil in place, is destroyed upstream, we will continue to see an amplification of these chemical changes and an increase in deposited sediment.