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.


May 16 - Canceled

June 20 – Bird Banding at the Heard 

A group of dedicated folks has been banding at the Heard for many years.    Come see how they band, where their data is used, why it is valuable, and how you could make a commitment to join the team.  

July 18 – TBA

August 15 -  Forests of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary

An extensive woodland profile survey was conducted at the Head Sanctuary over the course of 12 months in 2018 and 2019. Rick Travis will share the results of this survey, providing insight into the types of woodlands and trees found at the Heard, reviewing the key tree species found in the survey, their natural history, benefits to wildlife, and ecological threats they may face.      

About Rich Travis: Rick has a Bachelors’ Degree in Forest management and an MBA, both from Stephen F. Austin State University, and recently retired after 35 years in business. With his “retirement,” Rick is fulfilling a long-deferred desire for involvement in the environmental sciences.

He is a member of the City of Frisco’s Urban Forestry Board, an active member of the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalist Chapter, and a volunteer trail guide at several places, including the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), and Frisco parks and nature trails.

September 19 – Fall Plants and Wildflowers on the Heard Sanctuary

“What is the name of that flower?”  This is a frequent question asked as one walks the trails at the Heard Museum.  The fall plants are often in full bloom at this time and preparing for the winter season.  Our knowledgeable Native Plant leaders will be able to name most of them and show you some new ones along the way.  Be prepared to walk for about an hour in the September weather. This will be led by the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter

November 21 – What Animal Has Been Here?

Texas Parks and Wildlife has been training their specialists in the identification of animal tracks and scat so that they can be aware of the animal life that is living in the different parts of our big state. Come learn what may be living in our area though unseen by human eyes. This talk will be led by Sam Kieschnik an urban biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

December 19 – Annual Winter Tree Walk of the Heard Museum

Come walk with Dave Powell and others through all parts of the Heard Museum’s grounds and learn the trees in their winter ‘attire’.  Also catch some glimpses of the wildlife that calls this sanctuary home.   Be prepared for a leisurely but lengthy hike. This hike will be led by David Powell, Master Naturalist Emeritus

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