Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney Texas, is the result of Bessie Heard’s vision for the future and her commitment to the community and North Texas.

Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment.

The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. In keeping with Miss Heard’s vision, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation through education.

The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age.


Animal Curation Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 McKinney, TX
“I enjoyed working with animals and the sanctuary. My favorite part of the internship was helping to start a new project tasked with mapping out various parts of the sanctuary from microhabitats to tracking box turtles. I was able to use a lot of the skills I learned at Tarleton and put them towards something that would have a lasting impact at the Heard. ”
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