The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the jewels in McKinney’s crown. The vision of McKinney resident and philanthropist Bessie Heard (1886-1998), the Heard focuses on education, conservation and preservation. Since its opening in 1967, the Heard has become host to over 100,000 visitors each year. Of course, April is pretty much the perfect month to enjoy all that the Heard Museum has to offer, and they have capitalized on the good weather to create some great events.
HERITAGE DAY AT THE HEARD
While it falls at the end of the month, you may want to start planning for Heritage Day now. This all-day event scheduled for April 26 focuses on the history of the blackland prairie, and visitors will have the opportunity to visit booths offering historic demonstrations, performances and educational programming.
You can attend as a visitor, or better yet, participate in the festivities by providing a family-friendly historically-themed activity. The Heard is looking for participants to offer demonstrations or performances now. Why not get out there and give it a shot? To sign up, visit their website and fill out an application for a spot in the fun.
ZIP LINE DAY
For the adventure lover, head over to the Heard on April 6 to fly through the trees on the zip line. Tickets may be purchased for the 1, 2, or 3 pm time slots, and for those who like to keep their feet on the ground, you can watch the zip liners or take a walk on one of the Heard’s beautiful trails.
THE PLANT SALE IS HERE!
Local gardeners wait all year for the Heard plant sale to arrive. This is a great opportunity to purchase high quality, local plants for your landscape. Running in the early evening on April 11 for members or all day on April 12 for everyone, this is the place to pick up native and well-adapted plants, as well as some difficult-to-find specimens. Proceeds benefit the Heard.
There are a number of activities schedule throughout the month to let visitors get the most out of nature. Improve your birding skills on April 12 at 8 am during the guided bird walk. Or learn more about the flora and fauna at the Heard at 10:00 that morning on a guided trail walk. No need to walk away wondering what that gorgeous bird was or whether that plant is native to Texas. The guides at the Heard have got you covered.
If you prefer to be a little more active in your interaction with nature, try out the 3-Hour Canoe Trail on the afternoon of April 12. You don’t have to have any experience, you’ll get 40 minutes of instruction before you are left to your own devices to explore the Heard wetlands.
For the younger set, the Heard Nature Investigators will grab their nets and hunt for bugs and butterflies. The Nature Investigators Club is open to children in 1st through 6th grade. As a parent you may accompany your child or head off for a nice stroll on the Heard trails while your child learns about insects and other tiny creatures.
BOY SCOUT’S HONOR
For scout’s looking to work on their badges, the Heard Museum offers numerous opportunities. Geologist, forester, naturalist are a few examples of the badges offered. Keep an eye on the Heard website for opportunities.
For more information about the Heard Museum and their upcoming events, visit their website or give them a call.Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069 972.562.5566972.562.5566