Educational Summer Camps in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Summer Nature Camps

Overview

Summer Nature Camps

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.

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Two friends posing for a picture in the woods at camp

Our Camp Programs

Summer Nature Camps

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! Spots are limited. Register today.

Camp Hoot Owl Topics

  • Night Calls
    Who are the night owls of the natural world? We will explore the various flora and fauna that are busiest at night.
  • Things with Wings
    Which animals have wings? Does having wings mean you can fly? Can you fly without wings? Discover that answer to these questions and other curious facts about things with wings.
  • My Log Home
    Did you know that dead trees and fallen logs are a favorite place to live for many plants and animals? We’ll head out to the sanctuary and investigate who and what is making a log their home.
  • Owl Be There
    What owls are native to our area and where can you find them? What adaptations do they have to help them do their job? Join us as we discover more about these amazing birds.
  • 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.

Camp Striped Skunk Topics

  • We Are the Champions
    Got sharp teeth? Stinky spray? Fast feet? Camouflage coloring? We’ll explore the predator-prey world and some of the adaptions they have to help them in their quest to be the champion.
  • Scales R Us
    Are scales slimy? Which animals have scales? Are all scales alike? Find out which land and aquatic animals have them and how scales help them in their everyday life.
  • A Fungus Among Us
    Are you more closely related to the mushroom or the green pepper on your pizza? How do you get energy if you can’t eat or do photosynthesis? Find out the answers as we investigate these and other curious facts about fungi.
  • Marvelous Mammals
    Which is the smallest mammal? Which is the largest mammal? Do all mammals live on the land? Do mammals lay eggs? We will explore these and other fun facts as we marvel at these varied animals.
  • 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.
Kids walking the trail with a camp leader during spring break mini camp

Camp Hoot Owl Topics

  • Night Calls
    Who are the night owls of the natural world? We will explore the various flora and fauna that are busiest at night.
  • Things with Wings
    Which animals have wings? Does having wings mean you can fly? Can you fly without wings? Discover that answer to these questions and other curious facts about things with wings.
  • My Log Home
    Did you know that dead trees and fallen logs are a favorite place to live for many plants and animals? We’ll head out to the sanctuary and investigate who and what is making a log their home.
  • Owl Be There
    What owls are native to our area and where can you find them? What adaptations do they have to help them do their job? Join us as we discover more about these amazing birds.
  • 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.

Camp Striped Skunk Topics

  • We Are the Champions
    Got sharp teeth? Stinky spray? Fast feet? Camouflage coloring? We’ll explore the predator-prey world and some of the adaptions they have to help them in their quest to be the champion.
  • Scales R Us
    Are scales slimy? Which animals have scales? Are all scales alike? Find out which land and aquatic animals have them and how scales help them in their everyday life.
  • A Fungus Among Us
    Are you more closely related to the mushroom or the green pepper on your pizza? How do you get energy if you can’t eat or do photosynthesis? Find out the answers as we investigate these and other curious facts about fungi.
  • Marvelous Mammals
    Which is the smallest mammal? Which is the largest mammal? Do all mammals live on the land? Do mammals lay eggs? We will explore these and other fun facts as we marvel at these varied animals.
  • 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.

Reservations

Heard Museum* Members-Only Registration

Through 2/17

Registration Open to Public

Begins 2/18

Early Bird Registration

Ends 4/1

Coming Soon

Ages

5 – 12 Years (as of June 1, 2022)

Price

Member Rate: $220

Non-Member Rate: $245

 

Pre-registration is required

Schedule

9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

 

Camp Hoot Owl 

June 13 – 17

June 20 – 24

 

Camp Striped Skunk

June 27 – July 1

July 4 – July 8

Nature Art Camps

Information coming soon!

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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.

Projects

  • botanical blueprints
  • watercolor
  • fabric wall hanging
  • paper mache sculpture

 

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.

Reservations

Heard Museum Members Pre-sale on Magic Planet Camps through February 28. Reservations open to the public beginning March 1.

Ages

6 – 12 Years (as of June 1, 2022)

Price

Member Rate: $170

Non-Member Rate: $195

 

Pre-registration is required.

Schedule

9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

July 11 – 15

July 18 – 22

Additional Information

All art supplies are included.

Keeper Camps

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. Spots are limited. Register today.

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.

Reservations

Heard Museum* Members-Only Registration

Through 2/17

Registration Open to Public

Begins 2/18

Early Bird Registration

Ends 4/1

Ages

Ages: 10 – 15 (as of June 1, 2022)

Price

Member Rate: $270

Non-Member Rate: $295

 

Pre-registration required.

Schedule

9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

 

Keeper Camp 1

June 6-10

July 11-15

 

Keeper Camp 2

July 18-22

Additional Information

Attendees of Keeper Camp 2 must have attended Keeper Camp 1.

Magic Planet Camp

Information coming soon!

Journey through our Solar System and beyond!  This camp will use the Magic Planet, a digital interactive globe, to explore the unique  characteristics of the planets, their moons, and other objects seen in our night sky.  We’ll also spend time outdoors exploring the fascinating characteristics of the planet we know best – the Earth! Spots are limited. Register today.

Reservations

Heard Museum Members Pre-sale on Magic Planet Camps through February 28. Reservations open to the public beginning March 1.

Ages

5*-10

*Participants must have completed one year of Kindergarden prior to camp.

Price

Member Rate: $115

Non-Member Rate: $130

Schedule

9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

June 6 – 10

Additional Information

Spots are limited.

Snack time not included.

Summer Mini Camps

Fit a little more fun in nature into your summer! Spots are limited. Register today.

July 26, 27 & 28 – More information coming soon

Tuesday, July 26 – My Log Home
Did you know that dead trees and fallen logs are a favorite place to live for many plants and animals? We’ll head out to the sanctuary and investigate who and what is making a log their home.

 

Wednesday, July 27 – Night Calls
Who are the night owls of the natural world? We will explore the various flora and fauna that are busiest at night.

 

Thursday, July 28 – Things with Wings
Which animals have wings? Does having wings mean you can fly? Can you fly without wings? Discover that answer to these questions and other curious facts about things with wings.

Reservations

Coming Soon

Ages

6-11 (as of June 1, 2021)

 

*Participants must have completed one year of Kindergarden prior to camp

Price (per mini camp)

Member Rate: $18

Non-Member Rate: $22 

 

Pre-registration required

Mini Camps are not included in the Early Bird Offer.

Schedule

(9:30 a.m. – noon)

(9:30 a.m. – noon)

Nature Journaling

July 27

Insects: Hunters and Hunted

July 28

Water is Life

July 29

Animal Olympics
July 30

Frequently Asked Questions

Early Bird Special

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:

  • A completed registration form
  • payment in full
  • immunization forms
  • A completed registration form
  • payment in full
  • immunization forms

The Heard offers Heard Summer Camp t-shirts (available only when ordered by May 1).

  • Deadline for 100% refund less a $20 admin fee – May 1
  • Deadline for 50% refund less the $20 admin fee – May 27 (no refunds available after this date).
  • Rescheduling of camp weeks may be possible after May 27 only as available
    • Please note that a $20 admin fee will apply for any modifications to registration after May 15.
    • Participants will also be responsible for any applicable additional fees that may be required for different camp type selection. No refund will be available for camps of a lesser price.

Medication Policy

 

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.

  • Only those prescriptions indicated by a physician as necessary for a child’s medical care and that cannot be administered outside of class time will be given.
  • Medication (except for epi-pens and rescue inhalers) will be kept in the First Aid station and administered by the Camp Health Care Officer.
  • Prescription medications, including inhalers and epi-pens, must be in the original container, with the pharmacy label, and placed in a clear baggie with a note that includes the child’s name, parent(s)’ name(s), physician’s name, and date attending summer camp. If the pharmacy label is not available, a signed note from the doctor’s office stating the name of the medication, dosage and usage will be accepted. Medication will be administered only as stated on the label directions. If the medicine has an expired expiration date, the medication will not be administered.
  • Asthma Inhalers and Epi-pens will be permitted in the classroom and may be carried outside by camp staff. Written medical authorization from a physician and parent/guardian must be on file in the Education Office. If your child is used to using their inhaler on their own, please let them know that they MUST notify their summer camp teacher prior to each use.
  • Injectable medications, such as insulin, will only be administered with medical authorization from a physician and parent/guardian on file in the Education Office.
  • As with other medication, it will be kept in the First Aid Station and dispensed by the Camp Health Care Officer.
  • Non-prescription medication will only be administered with written instructions, authorization and signature of both a physician and a parent/guardian. Medication must be in the original container, and placed in a clear baggie with the physician’s authorization, dosage, and parental authorization as well as the child’s name, printed parent(s)’ name(s) and physician’s name, and date attending summer camp. Medication will be administered only as stated in the physician’s written instructions. If the medicine has an expired expiration date, the medication will not be administered. The medication will be kept in the First Aid Station and dispensed by the Camp Health Care Officer.
  • Food Allergy Information: Please be aware that summer camp participants eat lunch together. Children with peanut butter or other food allergies cannot be separated from other classmates.

 

*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.

A Message About Covid-19 & Heard Summer Camps

We do not know what the coronavirus situation will be when camp actually occurs. But assuming conditions are the same as they are now, the following procedures, based on CDC guidelines, will be implemented to help reduce potential exposure for campers and staff. If conditions improve or worsen, we will adjust our policies accordingly. We will notify everyone with what the final policy will be before May 1, which is the last day for full refunds (minus the administrative fee).

 

What About Face Masks?

  • 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.
  • Everyone participating in camp (staff & campers), will be required to wear a face mask while inside their classroom when appropriate social distancing (3’) cannot be maintained and when live animals are present. (The majority of the time masks will be optional inside.)
  • 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.

What Else Are We Doing?

  • Camp class sizes will be slightly larger than last summer, but still about 80% of our normal size to allow for appropriate 3’ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Health Screening

  • Pre-arrival Health screening by family – please keep your camper at home if:
  • They have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, aches, new loss or change of smell or taste, etc.
  • They have recently had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If the answer is yes to either question or they have tested positive, campers will not be allowed to be at camp for at least 7 days from onset of symptoms or exposure and/or have had a negative covid test.
  • A health screening may occur at check-in for all campers and staff which could 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 tests positive for COVID-19 during camp, all campers and staff that were in close contact will be notified of potential exposure, and appropriate quarantine(s) implemented.

(Policy current as of 2.10.22)