Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary


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Challenging obstacle course builds teamwork & communication skills with 14 different high & low elements in scenic forest setting

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Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must register at least 10 days in advance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Teamwork is most effective in pairs, from the vaudeville acts of Laurel and Hardy to the crime-fighting melodies of Batman and Garfunkel. Reap the benefits of a sidekick with today's Groupon at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Choose between the following options:

  • For $25, you get an individual admission to the ropes course (a $55 value).
  • For $300, you get a group admission for 12 people to the ropes course (a $660 value).

Events will be held from 8 a.m.–noon and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. on October 15, October 29, October 30, November 19, and December 3rd. Group reservations can be made for any time slot, but are subject to availability.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary's ropes course contains 14 challenging high and low elements for visitors to scramble over as they climb in the shade of a deciduous-tree canopy. A 110-foot climbing wall nestled within a 200-year-old bur oak tree tests wall-grappling abilities, while a close-to-the-ground trust fall reminds participants of carefree teenage years spent falling backwards into random passersby. As teams advance through the course, obstacles demand high levels of communication and leadership, helping groups become tight-knit units that prove equally coordinated when navigating the system of vines and pulleys hanging from the ceiling of their office. Participants celebrate completion of the course with a 500-foot zipline ride, providing inspiring views of the wildlife sanctuary.

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.

Customer Reviews

Went to see the dinosaur exhibit and my girls had a great time. They also enjoyed seeing all the other animals and playing in the kid-sized pioneer village.
Stephanie M. · 5 days ago
Great place to take the grandkids! Love the museum, animals, dinosaurs and being outside!
Patty O. · January 11, 2017
My kids LOVE exploring on the trails and identifying birds and trees. They take photos often. This is a real gem in McKinney that all should enjoy.
Mary M. · December 28, 2016
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