These programs (unless otherwise noted) are open to the public and are free with paid general admission or Heard Museum Membership. Many of these programs will have an outside component. Please dress appropriately. These talks begin at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

March 18 - Your Buggy Back Yard

Come learn about the bugs you can find in your yard or at the park or in a field. Understand which ones are beneficial and how you can enhance your habitat to attract them. Are there really any bad bugs? Let us introduce you to some of the common insects and why they are important for all of us.

April 15 - Meet the Plants
Preview of the Native Plants of the 2017 Heard Plant Sale

Get a head start! One week before the sale, come to the Third Saturday Nature Talk and get a personal introduction to the plants we'll feature at the Heard Spring Plant Sale. We'll show slides that illustrate blooms and foliage for each plant and provide information about their sizes, growth habits, and cultural preferences. We'll even have some live plants for you to see. You’ll be able to find out which plants will work in your problem areas, and make your wish list. There should be plenty of time to answer your questions. (No sales will take place this day.)

May 20 - Dragonflies – The Insect World’s Top Gun!

Learn about dragonfly habits, predation, habitats, and beauty through photographs and a presentation by Tom Fleming, a volunteer at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, photographer and astronomer.

June 17 - Amazing Moths

Leave a light on at night and you’re bound to be visited by moths! At first glance these nocturnal insects may seem a bit boring, but after this program, you’ll learn to look at them differently. They are diverse, gorgeous, and important! Sam Kieschnick, urban wildlife biologist for Texas parks and Wildlife, will teach you all about the nightlife of these nocturnal flyers.

July 15 - Texas Cats – Big and Small

There are a lot of different kinds of cats that call Texas home. Come and learn about them and where they live.

August 19 - Topics TBD

September 16 - Fall Wildflowers and Plants

Come walk with members of the Native Plant Society of Texas and learn about the plants that wait to bloom in the late summer and early fall. You may even be able to collect some seeds to carry home or to another garden.

October 21 and November 18 - Topics TBD


December 16 - Winter Walk

Let’s walk way back into the woods and look for the mighty trees along Wilson Creek, deer hiding in the woods or geese and ducks in the wetlands.

Looking for additional informative talks? Please see the information about our seasonal Butterfly Talks or Second Saturday Bird Walks.