Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to not offer our preschool program this spring. We will assess the conditions later this year, and will make a decision about the fall semester then.

Encourage your preschooler's love of nature!

Preschoolers will have the opportunity explore all that the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. In each class, your child will be engaged in hands-on learning experiences that promote a connection to nature.

Preschool programs have been an integral part of the museum's mission since 1974. This informal science program introduces your child to the natural world through nature walks and hands-on science activities that foster cooperation with others, language development and creative play.

Preschool Nature Explorers is appropriate for children ages 3 and 4. We use the age of students on September 1 for placement for each academic year.

Please note: all preschoolers must be potty-trained prior to participation in Preschool Nature Explorers

Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday from 9:30AM - 11:30AM
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Preschool Nature Explorers will spend the school year learning  about the world around us. Each week we’ll meet one of the Heard’s live animal ambassadors and take a nature hike to explore different habitats from wetlands and forests to prairie and ponds.  We’ll also prowl through museum exhibits, participate in hands-on science activities, sing songs, listen to stories, and play nature themed-games! We’ll talk about our responsibility to nature and what we can do to the help the plants and animals around us.

In the fall semester, we’ll focus on habitats and ecosystems. We’ll learn how animals that are awake at night can live in the dark. We’ll dig into dinosaurs and fossils. We’ll watch as summer changes to fall and heads towards winter.  In the spring, we’ll discover more about the wide variety of animals that live on our planet and what makes each one unique. We’ll also observe nature wake up from its winter slumber as it blossoms into spring.

Registration Information

Information about the status of the Spring 2021 semester will be available by the end of the year. 


Per semester: 26 hour program/13 weeks

$230 non-members | $210 Heard Museum Members*

Monthly Payment Plan

  • (Includes $5 processing fee per payment)
  • $115  Non-member down payment | $95 Heard Museum Member down payment* 
  • A monthly payment (includes a $5 processing fee) will be charged to your credit card on file the 1st of October and November in the fall or February and March in the spring. 


Fall 2020 – Not offering due to coronavirus situation.

Spring 2021 Dates – Check back later in the year for class status

*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.