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.
At this time, Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is planning to hold our in-person Summer Nature and Specialty Camps as scheduled. Because the health and safety of our campers and staff are a priority, we will implement recommended CDC guidelines as applicable.
Safety precautions may include requiring all staff and campers to wear face masks, conducting health screenings on arrival for both staff and campers such as taking temperatures, and asking pertinent questions about recent travel activities and health status. All campers and staff that have recently been ill or exposed to COVID-19 will not be allowed at camp. While we always limit class sizes to ensure the best possible camp experience, we will further limit class sizes to levels that allow for appropriate social distancing while in our classrooms and outside. Diligent adherence to regular hand washing and sanitizing for all will be stressed. We will also conduct extra sanitizing and cleaning of shared spaces and classroom items.
Recent studies also indicate that outdoor activities, such as provided during our Nature Camps, have inherently less risk for catching Covid 19. Specific guidelines for each camp will be provided to registered campers before their scheduled camp. Camps may be rescheduled or canceled as dictated by changing conditions or governmental orders.
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.