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The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


One Nature PlaceMcKinney, TX 75069 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment.


The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas, is the result of one woman's vision for the future and her commitment to the community and North Texas. Miss Bessie Heard devoted most of her lifetime (1886-1988) to the city of McKinney and its people. Her philanthropic endeavors and generosity of spirit left a legacy of accomplishment few people attain.

Her greatest contribution to her community and North Texas is the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could come to experience nature. The museum opened October 1, 1967, and now serves more than 100,000 visitors annually.

In keeping with Miss Heard's vision, the museum's mission is threefold: education, conservation and preservation. Through education, particularly for young people, the Heard emphasizes the appreciation of nature and the importance of its conservation.


Would you recommend The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary?
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by Victoria P. from TX (July 18, 2015)
Everyone was friendly and so nice! It was my first time volunteering for them and I felt very welcomed. The volunteer leaders were kind and well organize! I would definitely volunteer for them again!

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