Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year family membership (a $75 value) to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney.
Philanthropist and preservationist Bessie Heard opened the museo-sanctuary in 1967 to ensure that future generations could experience and learn about nature. Now hosting more than 100,000 annual visitors, Heard's attractions include more than six miles of nature trails, a native plant garden, and a slew of interesting indoor exhibits. In addition, the museum has been designated an important birding area by the Audubon Society. Today’s membership offer, unlike rides on the single-seater spaceship outside the Piggly Wiggly, is valid for two adults and all children or grandchildren ages 18 and younger who dwell in the same domicile. Click here to view a list of perks associated with your membership.
Seven lilaguide reviewers give the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary a three-star average, and three Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average. Two TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes.
- Bring your imagination, your children, and let your stress evaporate as you delve into the embrace of what the Texas wilderness once was. – Winifred K., Yelp
- … the Heard does a great job of educating us about the importance of (preserving) our natural surroundings. They also have plant sales of native plants that do well in our climate once a year. – osuzana, lilaguide
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Bessie Heard dedicated years of her life to philanthropic efforts throughout the McKinney area, helping plant hackberry trees along downtown streets and establishing an American Red Cross chapter during World War I. However, she accomplished her greatest feat in 1967 when the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public. With 289 acres of rolling space, the sanctuary functions as a testament to the diversity of local flora and fauna, educating visitors and urging them to protect those species for future generations.
More than 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails wind throughout the sanctuary, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in habitats that range from tall-grass prairie to limestone slopes. The grounds shelter more than 150 varieties of wildflowers and plants, as well as more than 240 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to the trails, the sanctuary also features an extensive garden of native trees, grasses, and perennials, as well as a treetop ropes course (reservation required; additional fees apply). Indoors, interactive exhibits and collections impart valuable information on north Texas geology, marine life, and venomous snakes.