Do you remember the joy of spending childhood summers outdoors? Register for Heard Summer Nature Camps and share those wonderful moments and memories with your child. The Heard’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment.
Heard Summer Camps feature opportunities for children from north Texas and beyond to delve into the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors, investigate nature-themed topics, and more. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is not only fun for our children, but also plays an important role in many facets of child development.
In light of the current situation regarding the coronavirus, we have implemented the following procedures, based on CDC guidelines, to help reduce potential exposure for campers and staff.
What are we doing?
· Camp class sizes will be slightly larger than last summer, but still about 75% of our normal size to allow for appropriate social distancing.
· Daily health screening for all camp staff and campers. (See below)
· Social distancing practices will be maintained during camp as much as possible.
· The Heard Museum’s current mask policy requires masks in the main museum building and outdoors in the Animals of the World/Butterfly House & Garden exhibit area.
· In addition, everyone participating in camp (staff & campers) will be required to wear a face mask while inside SRC building or Laughlin Hall when appropriate social distancing (3’) cannot be maintained.
· Face masks are optional while outside on hikes beyond the public areas around the SRC and main building when proper social distancing can be maintained.
· Directional pathways for drop off/pick up will be used to help maintain social distancing. Masks will not be required in line, but we ask that appropriate social distancing be used.
· Increased sanitizing/cleaning in classrooms and public areas.
· Soap and/or hand sanitizer will be available at all times in all camp classrooms and restrooms, and frequent hand sanitizing will be scheduled during camp time.
· Supplies – each camper will have a set of their own supplies to use for the week (pencils, crayons, etc.) and other supplies will be single-use and cleaned after each use.
· All live animal visitors and most specimens will be “look only.” Masks must be worn by everyone when animal visitors are outside their carriers.
· Disposable gloves may be used when appropriate.
· If changes are made to these guidelines, we will update everyone as needed.
· Pre-arrival Health screening by family – please keep your camper at home if they:
o They have any COVID-19 symptoms such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, fever, chills, aches, new loss or change of smell or taste, etc.
o They have recently had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19
o If the answer is yes to either question, campers will not be allowed to be at camp for at least 14 days from onset of symptoms or exposure.
· A health screening may occur at check-in for all campers and staff which may include a temperature check. Anyone with a temperature of 100 oF or higher will not be allowed to attend camp, and may not return until fever has been normal for at least 24 hours if there are no other COVID-19 symptoms.
· If anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 during camp or within 14 days of attendance, all campers and staff that were in camp at the same time will be notified of potential exposure, and appropriate quarantine(s) will be implemented.
These weeklong Heard Summer Nature Camps will feature opportunities to delve into the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors, investigate nature-themed topics, and more!
Camp Dragonfly Topics
Camp Snapping Turtle Topics
5 – 12 Years (as of June 1, 2021)
Member Rate: $220
Non-Member Rate: $245
Pre-registration is required
June 14 – 18
June 21 – 25
Camp Snapping Turtle:
June 28 – July 2
July 5 – 9
9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Youth artists will follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Audubon, Beatrix Potter and Anna Atkins, with unique opportunities to create their own art inspired by nature and live animals. Each day, a different type of medium will be explored.
Campers will respond to the beauty of the Heard Sanctuary and wildlife through hands on art experiences.
Our Nature Art Camps will be led by Lynne Hubner, who serves as the exhibit curator at the Heard. Ms. Hubner earned a BFA in Drawing from Manhattanville College, New York, as well as an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas. Hubner is the co-founder and past president of the North Texas Printmakers Guild. She runs an active printmaking studio in the Historic District of McKinney, Texas where non-toxic processes are stressed. She is an independent artist, lecturer, educator and workshop facilitator.
6 – 12 Years (as of June 1, 2021)
Member Rate: $170
Non-Member Rate: $195
Pre-registration is required.
July 12 – 16
July 19 – 23
9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
All art supplies are included.
Campers experience a behind-the-scenes, hands-on adventure with our education and exhibit animals. Learn about our different animals and what it takes to properly care for them.
Keeper Camp 1:
Campers experience a behind-the-scenes, hands-on adventure with our education and exhibit animals. Learn about our different animals and what it takes to properly care for them. Pre-registration is required.
Keeper Camp 2:
Want more? Continue your adventure and discover even more about taking care of animals and enriching the lives of our animal ambassadors. Prerequisite: must have attended Keeper Camp 1. Pre-registration is required.
Ages: 10 – 15 (as of June 1, 2021)
Member Rate: $270
Non-Member Rate: $295
Keeper Camp 1:
Keeper Camp 2:
9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Attendees of Keeper Camp 2 must have attended Keeper Camp 1.
What keeps the Earth (and us) cozy? Discover the Earth’s insulating layer as we use the Magic Planet’s new program, Eyes on the Earth* by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to deepen our understanding of the atmosphere. Weather, the ocean, and even the satellites in the exosphere will be featured in our studies. And, of course, our nature walks will allow us to experience atmospheric conditions in real time. *Thank you to Tropical Smoothie Café for making this program possible!
*Participants must have completed one year of Kindergarden prior to camp.
Member Rate: $115
Non-Member Rate: $130
June 7 – 11
9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Spots are limited.
Snack time not included.
Fit a little more fun in nature into your summer!
Tuesday, July 27 – Nature Journaling
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.
Wednesday, July 28 – Insects: Hunters and Hunted
Learn about what makes an insect an insect, how they are some of the best hunters and favorite snacks in the animal kingdom, how they help us, and which ones to avoid.
Thursday, July 29 – Water is Life
What is water? Why do we need it? Learn about the important properties of water and how we can’t live without it.
Friday, July 30 – Animal Olympics
Who’s the fastest animal on land? In the air? In the ocean? Who’s the tallest? Who is the smallest? Who jumps the highest? Who’s the strongest? Find out as we marvel at some of the amazing feats found in the animal world.
6-11 (as of June 1, 2021)
*Participants must have completed one year of Kindergarden prior to camp
Member Rate: $18
Non-Member Rate: $22
Mini Camps are not included in the Early Bird Offer.
(9:30 a.m. – noon)
Insects: Hunters and Hunted
Water is Life
Register for Camp Dragonfly, Camp Snapping Turtle or Keeper Camp (full day, weeklong camps) by March 26 and get a $25 Heard Store Gift Certificate. Applications must be complete* to qualify. Limit one per family/household.
*A completed application must include:
The Heard offers Heard Summer Camp t-shirts (available only when ordered by May 1) and Heard insulated water bottle carriers (while supplies last).
Our Medication Policy is for the protection and safety of your child while he/she participates in Museum Programs. Your cooperation with this policy is necessary for the safety of all participants. We appreciate your consideration.
*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement that the Heard has with the Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.