The goal of Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is to connect kids with nature – with the hope to inspire within them, as well as their parents, families and teachers, a deeper appreciation for the environment.
The Heard’s education department offers innovative programs designed for all age groups, interests and abilities. Programs include guided nature trails, live animal presentations, a preschool program, homeschool science classes, summer camps, adult and teacher workshops and more.
Field trips, laboratory workshops, scouting programs and merit badge classes are available by reservation from September through May.
Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own.
No experience is necessary for any of the paddle programs. All participants will be given an introduction to canoeing that includes basic strokes, boat safety, and flat water maneuvers.
Member Rate: $32 per person
Non-Member Rate: $42 per person
February 19th 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.
March 5th 2:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
March 26th 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.
April 30th 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.
May 21st 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Min age: 7 years
All canoe & safety equipment provided.
Each canoe holds up to 3 people.
Pre-registration is required.
Heard canoes are not available for personal use. Canoeing at the Heard is only available by reservation for groups or during pre-scheduled canoeing events.
Custom Canoe Programs
A limited number of canoe programs are available only by reservation and as water levels permit (often, the water levels are only suitable from February through May) for groups of 12 or more. The cost for these programs start at $25 per person and varies depending on program offerings
This program has currently been suspended due to COVID-19 considerations.
These story times are designed primarily for young children and will introduce a different nature-themed book each week. During most of the story times, a puppet, live animal or enrichment items will be included to enhance the experience.
Currently suspended due to Covid-19
We offer a unique combination of indoor and outdoor activities that will enhance your knowledge of native plants and more. Plus, experience a tour of a wonderful display of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, ground covers and perennials native to the Lone Star State in our native plant gardens. These gardens demonstrate how native plants can be used in urban garden settings.
Garden talks and tours may be scheduled by any adult group of 10 or more persons. Groups of 9 or fewer persons are subject to a flat fee (see Payment Procedures tab).
Talks are available by reservation only. We ask that groups place a reservation request at least two weeks prior to the requested date. Our reservation request form does not create a reservation or hold a date. It is only a request for us to contact you for confirmation. Requests will be processed in the order they were received during our normal business office hours (Tuesdays through Fridays).
Seniors 60+: $9
Includes gardening talk, tours of Heard native plant gardens and parking
Currently suspended due to Covid-19
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Enjoy workshops featuring opportunities to learn new techniques and create art inspired by nature and science.
May 2 – Mini Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop
Naturalists often keep a journal to record their explorations of the natural world. Make a journal to use during camp and take it home to keep using on your own.
Member Rate: $35
Non-Member Rate: $40
Mini Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 2, 1-3 p.m.
Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary.
Led by our trained guides, your group will spend 45-60 minutes hiking our unique landscape. See the schedule below for dates.
Have a group of 10 or more?
We may be able to arrange a private hike for your group; contact us for availability. Available September through May, as scheduled.
October 23,2021 2pm
January 22,2022 2pm
February 12,2022 10am
April 2,2022 10am
$10 per child (age 3-12)
$13 per adult chaperone
Admission to museum included. Please note that many scouts participate in this program; however, all members of the public are welcome. Each scout must have a responsible adult in attendance; one adult may bring up to 10 scouts. For every 10 paid scouts, get one (1) adult free (when paid for and reserved simultaneously with all 10 scouts).