These programs are held on the third Saturday of each month and cover a variety of subjects. Third Saturday Nature Talks 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.


July 20 - Moths and Moonlight: Gardening for the Night

You’ve planted your sunny butterfly garden to brighten the day, but what about a nighttime attraction? Join Master Naturalist Amy Monroy, Brookhaven College Windmill Garden Coordinator, to learn about creating a “moon garden” – plants to light up the night and draw moths and other nocturnal pollinators. You’ll learn what to plant as nectar and find out more about our native moths, including what their caterpillars need and what challenges they face for survival.

August 17 - The Endangered Species of Texas

Learn about endangered species that are native to Texas. Dave Powell will incorporate photos and updated reports of the endangered species of Texas (including mammals, birds, plants, insects, etc.) into his talk.  You may be surprised by some of the noted species.  He will also talk a bit about how we are helping these species to survive in a ‘peopled’ world.

September 21 - To be determined

October 19 - Art and the Natural World

Lynne Hubner, Heard Museum Curator, will share some ideas for creating natural pictures and some different ways of ‘preserving’ our native plants either for study or for pleasure. This will be a ‘hands-on’ class and very entertaining.

November 16 - Quarry Flower Farm 

Cynthia Alexander will discuss how to develop a cut-flower-farm and species that do well in our area.  She is a Master Naturalist and a member of the Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

December 21 - Winter Tree Walk

More dates and information coming soon!

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