Ride a zip line, go canoeing and seek out wildlife at McKinney’s Heard Museum this spring

The 289-acre nature preserve has been well-suited to safe programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ropes Course Adventure Day at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary lets visitors try a ropes course program and zip line.

It’s hard to overstate the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on cultural venues, but McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has been forging ahead, announcing a new slate of programming for the spring.

“Fortunately, we have a 289-acre nature preserve that tends to be a centerpiece of our educational programs, so this has allowed us some flexibility in safely planning experiences during these times,” said Stephanie Jennings, Heard marketing and communications director.

The venue’s zip line and ropes course has been in place for a number of years, and the museum schedules popular “Zip Line Days” about once a month, Jennings said. The next date for the public to take advantage of the course, where guests climb a 23-foot tree to the zip line platform and then ride the 487-foot feature, is Feb. 28.

Other new events on the upcoming schedule include:

  • A three-hour long Wetland Canoe Trail, where guests can pilot a canoe, water-level permitting. Upcoming dates are Feb. 20, March 27, April 24 and May 15.
  • Night Hikes and Owl Prowl Night Hikes, where hikers are “encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard.” Pre-registration is required. $14 non-members / $12 Heard Museum Members* (Age 3 years through adult) Upcoming dates include April 17 and May 22. An Owl Prowl Night Hike is planned for March 6; pre-registration is required.
  • Spring Break mini-camps for kids kindergarten through ninth grade which explore different topics, from the wetlands to mammals.

Information provided by Dallas News

Anna Caplan, Special Contributor. Anna Caplan covers McKinney, Southlake, Grapevine and Colleyville. For nearly 10 years, she wrote restaurant reviews for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her work has appeared in 360 West, Eater Dallas, Edible DFW, A+C magazine, D CEO, GlobeSt.com and Houstonia magazine. She was the founding editor of the websites PureWow Dallas and Racked Dallas.


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